I would to first, thank everyone that took the time to leave a comment. There are several ways to slice the pie I suppose. Here are my thoughts on this situation with the hub homes. If you see a problem in my thinking you won’t be the first. Ha Ha!
In the photo below:
1, 2, 3 & 4 are groups of homes.
A, B, C & D are the hub homes.
Hub homes contain 1 C5 pointed at the PTMP and hooked to a router (hEX PoE) and an A5.
Group homes have a C5 pointed at the closest A5 with good line of site.
With OSPF enabled, the hub homes and group homes are going to send data to the closest connection point available to it and will basically find the least busiest path.
So, a group home that may point at two A5’s (the one closest to it and the one past it) will send data to the least busy / shortest path first. RIP could never do that.
I see the A5 as a way to open up new territory that is like what is shown in the photo above however, it may be better to run the groups lined up in front of the PTMP instead of away from it in the beginning.
I would not run A5’s more three deep in the beginning, this will cause an early bottleneck and premature upgrade of the PTMP.
Once I need to go four deep (away from the PTMP), I would move the two A5’ in group 1 and 3 and place them at groups 5 and 6 then, add one N5-360 with an A5c radio to cover groups 1 and 2.
What I see is a network path back to the PTMP. If one part of the network is busy, data will flow to a less busy part of the path.
This web page:
Says, “The A5 has the ability to make efficient use of available spectrum. Self-interference from client devices and other access points previously limited the ability of legacy wireless networks to support clients at the density. With Mimosa’s TDMA GPS technology, network-wide synchronization is possible. This allows the same channel to be used across multiple sets of access points and clients. This is the most efficient way to use scarce spectrum.”
So, if the A5’s are on the same channel and over-lap and also, have access to a C5 pointing at the tower, then, is it possible there is more ways available to get data back to the PTMP in throughput than one thinks at first glance? This may be very well true. I do not see this scenario as having any major problems except for the PTMP. This is going to be the bottleneck at some point and needs to be upgraded as well as the demand for throughput increases. However, this may be the key to pushing that Gagabit into that community, using an array of two or four antennas instead of one. Setup like the photo below.
The two C5’s on the right are set to transmit and the two on the left set to receive. This is an inexpensive approach and should eliminate the bottle neck until 1 gigabit antennas like, the B5 can be added; by that time comes the community will have grown quite a bit and the expense won’t hurt as much.
I am left with two questions at the moment though.
1.) Why the heck is the A5 as much as the N5-360 and A5c? Those A5’s need to come down a bit so they are a better startup for communities like this. My $.02
2.) Who is going to pay for all this?
Well, there are my thoughts for today. Thanks for tuning in and allow me to spew my thoughts all over your beautiful website!