Blackfoot engineers specifically for reliability.
"We design our wireless network to be an enterprise-class solution.”
Kevin Drake | Senior Wireless Engineer, Blackfoot
Blackfoot designs every wireless link to 99.999% reliability or greater, exceeding industry standards.
All of our wireless PTP links are engineered utilizing wireless propagation software to ensure link performance and reliability. Generally, links are designed with a >25 dB fade margin to ensure operation even during signal fade. In addition, each path is verified against topological data, weather models and any physical obstructions identified during the Line of Sight (LOS).
Blackfoot utilizes all microwave radio LOS technologies. This means that physical obstacles, such as trees and buildings, cannot be in the direct path. We perform a pre-sale LOS for all wireless links. Blackfoot technicians complete the LOS to collect all of the necessary information about the link and site, including:
- Physically verifying the LOS to the tower site.
- Identifying the mounting location and mount type required.
- Identifying the cable path and cable entry point at the customer premise.
- Verifying indoor equipment mounting, power and grounding.
Download our infographic to learn more on how Blackfoot engineers wireless solutions.
How does weather impact service quality?
We design our wireless services to operate in all climates and seasons.
Because wireless systems work on shared radio frequencies, interferences like weather can impact bandwidth. However, Blackfoot specifically engineers for this.
Signal loss due to weather is calculated off of the Crane rain rate model, which lists Montana as 19 mm/hr. However, the Crane model often does not account for cloud bursts, rain events and heavy spring/fall snows. We work and live in Montana, so when factoring in the weather we design our links at a higher model rate of 37 mm/hr.
Blackfoot also offers professional services to assist with your wireless connectivity. We engineer and maintain private network LAN and campus extensions, and can provide these services using the same carrier-grade wireless equipment as discussed above. We offer engineering services that include: site design; tower and roof mounting requirements and engineering; as well as path profiles and analysis.
You can also partner with Blackfoot for help with maintenance, such as monitoring and logging statistics and usage or yearly equipment maintenance needs. With Blackfoot, you’ll also have access to our local sparing in case of hardware failure.
How does wireless compare to fiber?
Wireless offers speeds and reliability that rival fiber.
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