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Wireless T-1

I am researching Wireless T-1 options, and I am planning on using a wireless T-1 in a remote area where there are no copper lines available. I would like to cover a distance not to exceed 50 miles. Is there any information about this technology?

To be perfectly honest I've never heard the term "Wireless T-1" before, but that could because I live in Australia and may abstracted from many forms of American wireless propaganda - err, I mean marketing.

A T-1 link usually refers to a 1.54 Mb ISDN WAN link consisting of 23 64 kbps Bearer (B) channels and 1 64 kbps Data (D) channel for signaling information. I can only assume that when you say a "Wireless T-1" link you are referring to a wireless connection providing approximately the same amount of bandwidth as a T-1 as opposed to some form of ISDN signaling over wireless.

If you're looking for a 50-mile link (that's 80 km for those of us in the rest of the world) you should probably look into some microwave band technology. Microwave wireless has been around for some time and operates the licensed parts of the spectrum and as such there will be an annual fee to use your equipment. The equipment will also be more expensive due to the basic laws of supply and demand.

A microwave link should be able to provide about a 2 Mbps connection over distances of around 50 miles but you certainly won't get that distance out of the 2.4 GHz or 5.3 / 5.8 GHz spectrum (well, not without violating some major FCC regulations regarding effective power output.)

This was last published in June 2003

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