I am in the process of trying to establish a link from my central office tower, to my personal residence 10.4 miles away. The radio at the CO would be at 190 ft. and I currently have 70 ft. of height at my home with the potential for another 16 ft. if absolutely necessary. Elevation at my home is 115 ft. higher than the CO.
I have used the Mimosa Design tool to build the link, and get similar SNR on both the B5c and C5c radios. I understand that the Design Tool assumes direct line of sight, but living in south east Michigan I have a decent amount of trees to contend with. Having some experience with wireless deployment I know the LoS requirements for other radios, but I’ve never used Mimosa products as of yet ( we have customers on older Airspan, Alvarion, and Backhaul to our towers with Radwin).
My question therefore is two-fold; How wide a path through local trees do I need for the C5c or B5c to operate effectively? How much of an impact will a small woods patch mid link with some potential fresnel obstruction be? Assuming the 5 GHz band is populated, but not maxed out, would I be able to get away with using C5c radios for my link? Just hoping to get some feedback from anyone who has real world experience with these products as opposed to making a purchase based on a calculator not designed to consider all the variables. Keeping in mind I’d like to keep my cost down, but am willing to spend more for quality of service.
My bandwidth requirements are not huge, anything 10 Mbps or higher would be a vast improvement from what I have currently. Ideally I’d like to see something in the 50-100 Mbps range for future heavier usage.
Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated, and I will try to provide more in depth information if requested. Thank you!