PMP 450i Extends Reach

By    November 23, 2015

You know they’re out there – customers who do not yet have broadband, but are just out of reach. Most of them want to stream entertainment video and are willing to pay for it. But there is a reason that they are not yet connected. In many cases, there are trees or other obstructions that are in the way, meaning that the wireless connection is a Non-Line of Sight (NLOS) path. For years, the only connection that could be provided was a 900 MHz PMP 100 link with throughput that provided for email and web browsing only.

Matt Fridenstine who operates North Coast Wireless communications in Ohio wanted to reach those NLOS customers for a long time. He knew that they wanted phone, Internet, and streaming video services. When he heard of the new PMP 450i platform at 900 MHz, he quickly volunteered to participate in the beta tests.

Matt deployed the new 900 MHz equipment in a wooded river valley area where he anticipated a lot of signal fade and interference. “We tried 3.65 GHz and Dish TV, and neither worked well with the noise and fade. When the technician pulled into the customer’s driveway with PMP 450i, the Subscriber Module was already registering to the Access Point while it was still in the back of the truck. The customer now uses Netflix, VoIP, and has a cnPilot™ home router connected with no problems.”

North Coast Wireless is typically seeing up to 12 Mbps downlink and 3 Mbps uplink with PMP 450i at 900 MHz. Fridenstine describes the technology: “There is a major difference between the old FSK system and the new MIMO OFDM technology. I can watch how MIMO is working behind the scenes to maintain high throughput when there is noise or fade. With this in background, we almost never drop a signal.”

Asked about the PMP 450i at 900 MHz, Matt sounds like one of his customers asking for Netflix: “I want more, and I want it now.”

Find out for yourself what the new PMP 450i at 900 MHz can do for you. For more information, contact your Cambium Networks reseller. You can also view the recorded webinar where we review all of the details, and post your questions and comments to our Community Forum.