In responce to Richard Stooks article
From Adam Hopwood
Thursday, February 20, 2003
Several things need to be taken into account when using Satellite links. The main problem associated when using said uplink is the amount of latency which can and often is huge - many hundreds of milliseconds and often 30 secounds or more. Second any users are wanting to upload large amounts of data will need to use another type of link as the upload speeds tend to be very slow.
Many other questions arise when considering using Satellite, a better solution in the Hebden Bridge area would be the use of a Lease Line. This could then be easily distributed using the 802.11b 2.4GHz network. Contra to what people believe the 2.4GHz network can with some thought reach 4km. With Use of the 5GHz network becoming me popular and hardware supporting both 2.4 & 5GHz this should also be taken into account for the higher bandwidth and range.
With regards to the Mesh box you do not have to purchase one as almost any old pc of moderate specification will do. All you have to do is equip the pc with an appropriate wireless connection. LocustWorld also provide the software images free of charge on their website.
At the current time I have a Meshbox configured but am still working on the wireless antenna specifications and positioning. I hope to complete the setup in the very near future.