Wireless WiFi Mesh Networks for Rural Towns and Cities
on the banks of the Ohio River, Owensboro is Kentucky's third-largest
city. Owensboro has grown steadily, while retaining the "small town
quality" of a friendly city of warm-hearted and hospitable people.
Owensboro is Kentucky's third largest city and is the industrial,
cultural, retail and healthcare center of western Kentucky.
is called a festival city, with over 20 annual community celebrations
that attract visitors from around the country and around the world.
Owensboro has also been called a "City of Churches". To date, there are
more than 150 Protestant churches, 18 Catholic churches and one Jewish
synagogue in Daviess County. The area's largest faiths are Baptist and
Catholic. Churches first began to form in our community around 1815.
From barbecue to bluegrass, from fine arts to fine dining, from
convention center business to the business of having fun, you will find
it in Owensboro.
the population has grown steadily, Owensboro still offers a "small
town" look and feel. Technology options have often been slow to come
and offering very little from a competitive perspective. "Before
PowerNet Global came to offer service to our town, we didn’t have any
options. The bigger phone companies don’t offer service in our area, so
we had no real access to the Internet,” stated a resident of Owensboro.
Being the one of the oldest and predominant
competitive carriers in Kentucky, PowerNet Global (PNG) and KW
Communications installed five towers with Strix Outdoor Wireless
Systems (OWS) for long-range and coverage, delivering Internet and
business-class services to the population of 100,000. Strix Access/One
products gave PNG low-cost advantage while delivering the highest
quality, highest performance wireless WiFi networks and provided the
utility of future expansion for new services.
is a great opportunity to grow our business and to grow the business in
the communities of these underserved markets,” states PowerNet Global’s
CEO and President Bernie Stevens. “We know that by going in to these
rural markets and giving them something they are not getting from
anyone else is a great benefit to our business model and an even
greater benefit to them.”
underserved community, Owensboro now has five towers spread across the
county. PNG’s service, called “LiquidGrid”, includes five transmission
sites installed with Strix Access/One OWS products that cover a 20
square mile area for Owensboro.
brings broadband Internet access as a last mile and mobile Internet
service, but also private high speed services are provided using Strix Edge Wireless Systems (EWS) customer premise equipment (CPE) for increased coverage and higher throughput to residents , businesses , corporations , manufacturing , industrial , transportation services, police department , the municipality and more.
Access/One OWS builds small-to-large scale outdoor wireless WiFi hot
spots, hot-zones and city-wide coverage while Strix Indoor Wireless
System (IWS) and Edge Wireless System (EWS) are designed to place at
the end-user location, whether residential or a business respectively.
The Strix Access/One OWS and IWSmodular mesh products deliver the largest capacity (up to six radios
and 768 users per node, three to six times the norm), highest
throughput (five times the norm at 35 Mbps), and best scalability
(users can add more radio boards or new technologies). An independent wireless mesh test, sponsored by Light Reading and completed in June 2006, found Strix’s OWS 2400-30delivers the best throughput and capacity and the greatest scalability
for voice applications and mobility/roaming. Strix networks scale to
10 or more wireless hops with near-zero throughput loss and latency,
enabling customers to deliver real-time applications with a minimum of
wired connections for a given area, which reduces CapEx and OpEx.
uses the EWS increases the range, coverage and performance of the
network by providing a four-fold increase in power in contrast to your
existing wireless WiFi-enabled laptop. The EWS offers the greatest
range, coverage and performance of any WiFI end-user device on the
It's not only about power, by improving
signal strength, the mesh network is quickly detected, optimal channels
selected and the client connection secured. but capabilities such as
dual diversity and the algorithms that optimize the wireless signals,
maintaining the highest integrity signals and allowing for the highest
performance reception and transmission of voice, video and data over an
PNG expects to add voice over ip (VoIP) as
an option to the service sometime in 2007. Having previously deployed
VoIP gateways, which now blanket the United States, has allowed them to
offer extremely competitive (wholesale) domestic and International
termination services. Most recently, PNG deployed a class 5/feature
server that allows it to offer residential, SMB and Enterprise level
VoIP services throughout the United States. This experience willenable PNG to develop and deliver high quality VoIP services
capitalizing on Strix Access/One’s high throughput, low latency and
optimization of voice, video and data services.
of Strix Access/One Mesh Network Systems are around the world, having
deployed thousands Strix has also garnered a series of awards and
reference customers as a result.