Top Five Fixed Wireless Myths

By Amanda Kowalik   November 14, 2014

New Yorkers, rejoice! According this article in Crain’s New York Businessundefined, about 90 percent of commercial buildings are not wired with enterprise-class broadband, and “a technology known as fixed wireless broadband” is coming to their speedy-connectivity-deprived rescue.  There are still a lot of old fixed wireless myths floating around out there, as reading this piece brought to light, so we though we’d take this opportunity to dispel them:

Myth #1 Wireless is useful for rural deployments, but not urban – If fixed wireless fits the bill for the Big Apple, than clearly it  has gone far beyond rural into the most urban of urban environments. 

Our CEO Atul Bhatnagar recently wrote about the many ways in which cities benefit from fixed wireless in UBM Future Cities, and we have scores of additional proof points from our installations for the police force in Green Bay, Wisconsin and traffic management in Dallas, Texas.

Myth #2 Wireless is less reliable than wireline – Naval officers and high-frequency traders alike rely on fixed wireless for their mission-critical data transactions and transmissions, so clearly it is no runner up to wireline in terms of reliability.

Myth #3 Wireless is slower – It was perhaps this line in the Crain’s article that pleased us the most: “Proponents say fixed wireless can give customers the same speeds as fiber without the cost and hassle of tearing up the street (once the connection to the building is made, customers can't tell the difference).”

All true. Fixed wireless can be rapidly installed to extend the reach of a fiber network core. This means that customers served by wireless can enjoy the same bandwidth-intensive services as their wireline counterparts.  

Myth #4 You need a “straight shot” with wireless – Long gone are the days when line-of-sight (LOS) was an imperative for wireless installations. We’ve deployed our technology in non-line-of-sight and near-line-of-sight environments for years: buildings, trees, mountains and water are no match for the technological strides we’ve made in ensuring that the communities served by our equipment can count on the connectivity it provides.  

Myth #5 Wireless antennas malfunction/are blown off rooftops in bad weather – If this were true, then there’d be a lot more antennas on the ground, and New Yorkers would have to add helmets to their winter wardrobes! Of course, they don’t have to because this is yet another fixed wireless myth. 

Our equipment is hardened against the elements and we regularly hear of Cambium equipment staying strong in gale-force winds, extreme humidity and polar vortexes.

If you have an experience with fixed wireless and Cambium’s products that you’d like to share, feel free to tell us on our Community, and certainly let us know in the comments if we've missed any other myths.