Our wireless business internet solutions are engineered 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.
We engineer all of our wireless PTP links utilizing wireless propagation software to ensure both 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).
We use all microwave radio LOS technologies. In other words, physical obstacles, such as trees and buildings, cannot be in the direct path. As a result, we perform a pre-sale LOS for every wireless link. Blackfoot technicians collect all of the necessary information about the link and site, including:
- Physically verifying the LOS to the tower site.
- Identifying the required mounting location and mount type.
- 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?
Our wireless services are designed to operate in all climates and seasons.
Wireless systems work on shared radio frequencies, which means interferences like weather can impact bandwidth. Therefore, we specifically design for all weather conditions.
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, which means we have a better understanding of the climate. So, when factoring in the weather we design our links at a higher model rate of 37 mm/hr.
How does wireless compare to fiber?
Wireless offers speeds and reliability that rival fiber.
How can Blackfoot help?
Blackfoot offers professional services to assist with your business wireless connectivity.
We engineer and maintain private network LAN and campus extensions, and can provide these services using the same carrier-grade wireless equipment.
Our engineering services include:
- Site design
- Tower and roof mounting requirements
- Path profiles and analysis
You can also partner with us for help with maintenance, such as monitoring and logging usage or yearly equipment needs. You’ll also have access to our local sparing in case of hardware failure.
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