If you’ve ever installed point-to-point bridges to extend a network, you know that alignment can be the hardest part. The longer the link is, the more difficult alignment gets, and even those of us in the business who have a good knack for alignment can get thrown for a loop on occasion. To compound matters, sometimes wireless bridges get installed in tricky, dangerous places. It’s not uncommon to use bridges for short-duration connectivity needs, like for events or even battlefield operations. I’ve set up my share of wireless bridges, and I’ve that occasional situation where even after a few days, the alignment bolts are starting to strip and we’re no closer to getting a stable link. I have a feeling I’m not alone here.
Cambium Networks has recently introduced what can only be described as a “force multiplier” when it comes to getting their popular point-to-point hardware aligned. The Quick Deploy Positioner is not the only device on the market that promises to help with automatic bridge alignments, but Cambium does feel they have a winner in the Quick Deploy Positioner thanks to a number of differentiators:
- Usable, optimized links are brought to life in under 5 minutes
- Non-experts can successfully create high-speed links using the Positioner
- Power options including PoE, AC, and even solar
I challenged Cambium on the Positioner’s list price (a little north of $18K) and was convinced that the cost very well would be justified in the right circumstances. According to Cambium:
- Some of these links are deployed in extremely remote areas where travel would be difficult and time-consuming. Sending an extra person just to align the antenna could cost them a day out of the office every 30 days for every positioner deployed.
- For emergency response and disaster recovery there isn’t always room to take along someone else in the vehicle to perform this function.
- In some cases (Border Patrol and Dept. of Defense applications, for example) there is danger to the personnel on-site. So each additional person requires extra security, and adds extra risk to the mission.
Read more in the press release above, or at the Positioner’s product page.
Related- I had the pleasure of meeting Cambium’s staff in person, at Wireless Field Day 8. See their presentations here.
I was not compensated by Cambium in any way for this blog- I just think the Quick Deploy Positioner happens to be a slick bit of kit, baby.