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802.16 WiMAX Network Design Consulting,
Equipment Sales and Installation

Up to 1 Gbps symmetrical, dedicated scalable services to support your needs with 3.65 GHz WiMAX and general 802.16 WiMAX licensed and unlicensed equipment.

Buy 802.16 WiMAX radio equipment and Connectivity Solutions from Connect802
to Take Advantage of our Wi-Fi Design and Consulting Experience

When you purchase 802.16 WiMAX radio equipment from Connect802 you can take advantage of more than just our expert 802.16 WiMAX design and consulting services. In addition to providing best-of-breed WiMAX products, Connect802 provides fully integrated In-Building Wi-Fi (including 802.11n), wireless inter-building campus mesh and bridging, and high-throughput (up to 1 Gbps) Wi-MAX point-to-point and point-to-multipoint connectivity up to 30 miles. When it comes to WiMAX - "We've Got You Covered!"
  • 3 Mbps to 1 Gbps Symmetrical, Dedicated, Scalable Service
  • Competitive Pricing
  • WAN Design and Maintenance
  • Professional Installation and Support
  • Service Level Agreements to 99.999% Packet Delivery Rates
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Connect802 will help solve the wireless data system puzzle!

The Connect802 802.16 WiMAX Value Proposition

Why you will choose Connect802 as your WiMAX solutions provider:
WiMAX, the IEEE 802.16 "World Interoperability for Microwave Access" standards are a group of individual standards that define a packet-based wireless technology that provides high-throughput broadband connections. Over the past few years there's been a lot of "hype" about what WiMAX will and won't provide and when it will be deployed. Today, 802.16 WiMAX for backhaul connectivity is an established technology. Connect802 understands WiMAX and how it can be integrated into your wireless data networking project. We focus on the application of 802.16 WiMAX technology for 802.11 Wi-Fi wireless LAN backhaul, point-to-point, and point-to-multipoint connectivity. We leave the WiMAX cellular deployment to the cell phone companies. You'll choose Connect802 as your WiMAX and Wi-Fi integrator because of our focus on WiMAX as a backhaul technology.
         
How you will decide that Connect802 provides the best WiMAX solution:

When you need connectivity at distances greater than one mile you need a WiMAX solution. This includes both minimum data-rate connections (T1 speeds of 1.544 Mbps) up to high-speed, high-capacity links up to 1 Gigabit per Second. Connect802 has the equipment and the engineering expertise to effectively develop a communications system to meet these rigorous distance requirements at a reasonable price.

The key deciding factors in favor of selecting Connect802 for 802.16 WiMAX design, consulting, equipment, installation and support are our methodologies for integrating Wi-Fi and WiMAX, our nationwide installation and support capabilities, and our team's experience in this new, emerging technology arena.

         
Where you will see the greatest value with WiMAX design, equipment, installation and support from Connect802:

Only Connect802 can provide you with a turnkey wireless LAN system from Connect802 that integrates your Wi-Fi infrastructure with a WiMAX wide area backhaul "cloud". The value comes from the turnkey, bundled approach to system design and integration and from the opportunity to deal with a single source for the end-to-end communications across your network - client device to in-building Wi-Fi to campus mesh network to inter-campus/inter-site WiMAX backhaul.

         
When you are ready to buy WiMAX solution from Connect802:

The first thing we're going to need are the locations of the endpoints in your proposed WiMAX network. These can be provided as building street addresses, GPS latitude and longitude coordinates, or as a Google Earth .kmz file (geospatial data file format from Google). You may also choose to mark-up a hard-copy map, scan it into electronic format, and send it. File submissions are performed through the Connect802 On-Line File Submission System.

Talk to your Connect802 sales representative about how we can help you with WiMAX deployment or if you have any questions about 802.16 WiMAX data networking - We've Got You Covered!

         
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802.16 WiMAX
Equipment and Software Details

Connect802 works together with major WiMAX providers to assure that you get the right design, the right equipment, and the right price. The WiMAX equipment market is evolving quickly and product offerings are constantly being added. As we evaluate your project we'll be able to best define your specific equipment requirements.

         
At Connect802 - We've Got You Covered!

Targeted Discussion about
802.16 WiMAX Technology

Below are some targeted discussions to provide you with additional perspective on 802.16 WiMAX technology to help you understand how a WiMAX wireless network solution can be implemented to meet your requirements.

Networking guru Ermanno Pietrosemoli holds the record for the longest Wi-Fi (not WiMAX) link. He set up an 802.11 link between a PC in El Aguila, Venezuela and one on Platillon Mountain, a distance of about 237 miles.

If you need to push 802.11 Wi-Fi beyond 1 mile, we suggest you contact Ermanno. If you want to implement a carrier-grade data connection, we suggest you use 802.16 WiMAX from Connect802.

802.11 Wi-Fi was not designed to support long-distance interconnections. 802.11 is wireless "LAN", not wireless "WAN".
The home-brew antenna used to push an 802.11 link to 237 miles

WiMAX, the Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, is a telecommunications technology that provides wireless data in a variety of ways, from point-to-point links to full mobile cellular type access. It is based on the IEEE 802.16 standard, which is also called WirelessMAN. The name "WiMAX" was created by the WiMAX Forum, which was formed in June 2001 to promote conformance and interoperability of the standard. The forum describes WiMAX as "a standards-based technology enabling the delivery of last mile wireless broadband access as an alternative to cable and DSL" (and also to High Speed Packet Access)

The terms "fixed WiMAX", "mobile WiMAX", "802.16d" and "802.16e" are frequently used incorrectly. Correct definitions are the following:

  • 802.16-2004 is often called 802.16d, since that was the working party that developed the standard. It is also frequently referred to as "fixed WiMAX" since it has no support for mobility.
  • 802.16e-2005 is an amendment to 802.16-2004 and is often referred to in shortened form as 802.16e. It introduced support for mobility, amongst other things and is therefore also frequently called "mobile WiMAX".

The bandwidth and reach of WiMAX make it suitable for the following potential applications:

  • Connecting Wi-Fi hotspots with other parts of the Internet.
  • Providing a wireless alternative to cable and DSL for last mile broadband access.
  • Providing data and telecommunications services.
  • Providing a source of Internet connectivity as part of a business continuity plan. That is, if a business has a fixed and a wireless Internet connection, especially from unrelated providers, they are unlikely to be affected by the same service outage.
  • Providing portable connectivity.

802.16 WiMAX Subscriber Units

WiMAX subscriber units are available in both indoor and outdoor versions from several manufacturers. Self-install indoor units are convenient, but radio losses mean that the subscriber must be significantly closer to the WiMAX base station than with professionally-installed external units. As such, indoor-installed units require a much higher infrastructure investment as well as operational cost (site lease, backhaul, maintenance) due to the high number of base stations required to cover a given area. Indoor units are comparable in size to a cable modem or DSL modem. Outdoor units are roughly the size of a laptop PC, and their installation is comparable to a residential satellite dish.

With the potential of mobile WiMAX, there is an increasing focus on portable units. This includes handsets (similar to cellular smartphones) and PC peripherals (PC Cards or USB dongles). In addition, there is much emphasis from operators on consumer electronics devices (game terminals, MP3 players and the like); it is notable this is more similar to Wi-Fi than 3G cellular technologies.

802.16 WiMAX Mobile Handset Applications

Some cellular companies are evaluating WiMAX as a means of increasing bandwidth for a variety of data-intensive applications. Sprint Nextel announced in mid-2006 that it would invest about US$ 5 billion in a WiMAX technology buildout over the next few years. Since that time Sprint has been dealt setbacks in defections of (Nextel) iDEN and 3G subscribers that have resulted in steep quarterly losses and led to a management shake up with Dan Hesse as its new CEO. On May 7, 2008, Sprint, Clearwire, Google, Intel, Comcast, and Time Warner announced a pooling of 2.5 GHz spectrum and formation of a new company which will take the name Clearwire. The new company hopes to benefit from combined services offerings and network resources as a springboard past its competitors. The cable companies will provide media services to other partners while gaining access to the wireless network as an MVNO. Google will contribute Android handset device development and applications and will receive revenue share for advertising and other services they provide. Clearwire Sprint and current Clearwire gain a majority stock ownership in the new venture and ability to access between the new Clearwire and Sprint 3G networks. Some details remain unclear including how soon and in what form announced multi-mode WiMAX and 3G EV-DO devices will be available. This raises questions that arise for availability of competitive chips that require licensing of Qualcomm's IPR.

Some analysts have questioned how the deal will work out: Although fixed-mobile convergence has been a recognized factor in the industry, prior attempts to form partnerships among wireless and cable companies have generally failed to lead to significant benefits to the participants. Other analysts point out that as wireless progresses to higher bandwidth, it inevitably competes more directly with cable and DSL, thrusting competitors into bed together. Also, as wireless broadband networks grow more dense and usage habits shift, the need for increased back haul and media service will accelerate, therefore the opportunity to leverage cable assets is expected to increase.

802.16 WiMAX Backhaul Access Network Applications

WiMAX is a possible replacement candidate for cellular phone technologies such as GSM and CDMA, or can be used as a layover to increase capacity. It has also been considered as a wireless backhaul technology for 2G, 3G, and 4G networks in both developed and developing nations.

"Backhaul" for remote cellular operations is typically provided via satellite, and in urban areas via one or several T1 connections. WiMAX is mobile broadband and as such has much more substantial backhaul need. Therefore traditional backhaul solutions are not appropriate. Consequently the role of very high capacity wireless microwave point-to-point backhaul (200 or more Mbit/s with typically 1 ms or less delay) is on the rise. Also fiber backhaul is more appropriate.

Deploying WiMAX in rural areas with limited or no internet backbone will be challenging as additional methods and hardware will be required to procure sufficient bandwidth from the nearest sources — the difficulty being in proportion to the distance between the end-user and the nearest sufficient internet backbone.

Given the limited wired infrastructure in some developing countries, the costs to install a WiMAX station in conjunction with an existing cellular tower or even as a solitary hub are likely to be small in comparison to developing a wired solution. Areas of low population density and flat terrain are particularly suited to WiMAX and its range. For countries that have skipped wired infrastructure as a result of prohibitive costs and unsympathetic geography, WiMAX can enhance wireless infrastructure in an inexpensive, decentralized, deployment-friendly and effective manner.

 
Intel has a specialized WiMAX technology that promises to boost 802.16 WiMAX range significantly. Named as RCP (Rural Connectivity Platform), it is built up with a microprocessor, RF module and directional antenna that can boost up the distance coverage up to 60 miles. The transmit power can be maintained as low as six watts, making it possible to be powered by solar energy. Intel has specially developed software that changes the way traditional radio transmission works. The software development has enabled specific time slots being allocated for data sent and received acknowledgment at once, promoting bandwidth efficiency with longer distance. According to testing results, the signal can broadcast from one node to another node situated at 60 miles away with a sustaining transmission rate of 6.5Mbps, which is far more sufficient for data, voice and even video conference to take place.
 
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