Clearwire, et al

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jwizardc
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Clearwire, et al

Postby jwizardc » Sat Jan 12, 2013 9:49 pm

I am the Stake Tech Geek. One of my buildings is a bit in the hinterlands. Cable and DSL are not available.

Is there a way to connect via some wireless internet provider such as Clearwire? If we fed an 881W, we would be as protected as a hardwire solution.

Thanks!

-jimc

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Re: Clearwire, et al

Postby gbekmezian » Sat Jan 12, 2013 10:01 pm

It shouldn't matter how your ISP delivers service to the meetinghouse, as long as they provide a standard IP/ethernet connection to the 881W. The important thing is for you to know exactly what the service is you are receiving in order to set expectations for your local units.

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Re: Clearwire, et al

Postby lajackson » Sat Jan 12, 2013 10:33 pm

Work with your stake physical facilities representative (a high councilor) and the facilities management group. The FM group is responsible for getting Internet to the building.

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Re: Clearwire, et al

Postby parktw » Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:28 pm

While the FM is responsible for getting internet into the building, for the sake of information and understanding I'll post this.

I think Clearwire may be a little tricky unless they have a device with ethernet handoff. I'm only familiar with their wifi devices. I have yet to see Clearwire used in a meetinghouse setting.

Although uncommon in church installations, we sometimes use a 3g/4g usb adapter in conjunction with a device called a "cradlepoint" to convert it into ethernet. You then run that ethernet into the firewall. We don't use it often, but it is something the FM Group should be able to order through the eMarket in cases where it is the only feasible option.

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Re: Clearwire, et al

Postby parktw » Wed Jan 16, 2013 11:13 am

Update:
I just spoke with a ward in California who is currently using Clear Wireless for internet. It's the only building I've ever seen using that provider, but it is possible! :)

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Re: Clearwire, et al

Postby john84601 » Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:18 pm

As an FYI, we have a building that uses HughesNet. It hasn't been the most reliable. Clerks seem to be able to transmit when they need, but the FHC is pretty slow.

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Re: Clearwire, et al

Postby parktw » Fri Jan 18, 2013 8:20 am

john84601 wrote:As an FYI, we have a building that uses HughesNet. It hasn't been the most reliable. Clerks seem to be able to transmit when they need, but the FHC is pretty slow.


Yeah, I'm right with John on this one. We have a number of buildings with HughesNet or Digis, but if any other option is available (including 4g) I would recommend that instead. The main reason is the high latency. Because the data goes to a satellite and back, the latency is often over 1000ms, sometimes closer to 2000ms. Even if you get a decent (for satellite) download speed, that latency is unavoidable.

Obviously though the church has many installations where other options aren't available, and satellite is much better than nothing.


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