|Re: Internet, cable, and wi-fi||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Max Tite (maxtitegmail.com)|
|Date: Fri, 18 May 2018 20:58:05 -0700 (PDT)|
Generally, installing WiFi in an organized manner is the way to go in my opinion. Our community of 15 existing households wanted to put in WiFi for about 6,000 square feet of common space. We evaluated several options and ordered a single wired 100MB business-grade internet feed, and installed a network of wired and wireless access points. The coverage now serves most of the common areas (indoors and out) and also the residence units. We divided the cost of the equipment and installation by our number of units as an assessment, although you can also amortize the costs and recoup via monthly dues over time. The wholesale monthly cost for internet is also currently divided equally. This approach gives everyone a low cost way to have pretty fast WiFi internet on all their computers, tablets and cellphones. Some residents no longer use or pay for cable or DSL Internet at all. Reliability and performance is consistent, and maintenance of the system is not too time- or cost-intensive. However, it helps a lot to have some sound knowledge of wireless tech and data services, preferably within the community. I would not recommend this sort of project as an On The Job training venture. Plan to spend some money up front on implementation consulting. One thing to ask for is a site plan. It will include a 'heat map' that predicts what your actual WiFi coverage will look like. You should expect to invest thousands of dollars going in. The WiFi equipment we put in has been excellent, is very reasonably priced (and even available on Amazon), and has a support community of many thousand of experienced network operators. The brand is Ubiquiti Networks, learn more here: https://unifi-sdn.ubnt.com Three is also a period of 'tuning and debugging' as you work out the kinks in the deployment, weed out competing wireless signals that can interfere with your throughput, and assist residents in switching over to the new platform. Don't underestimate the importance of this personal support phase, which helps set the stage for acceptance and success in your community. Max Tite Monterey Cohousing Community Minneapolis MN USA cell/text 626-629-8483 On Friday, May 18, 2018, Linda Hobbet <linda [at] hobbeton.com> > > > I have heard about communities bringing in a high-speed cable but that it > requires knowledge to maintain. What does that entail and how hard is it to > learn? > What is the best way to go these days to get high quality > Internet/streaming video/phone service/etc at the best price? Can anyone > suggest resources to learn about the options in relatively simple English? > >
- Internet, cable, and wi-fi Linda Hobbet, May 18 2018
- Re: Internet, cable, and wi-fi Jenny Guy, June 17 2018
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