Speaking of making these choices, a few words on gear options on hardware options so you need to look at your requirements is it point-to-point links or is it access user access networks your building most importantly probably your financial budget here not your link budget but the money you have for it and almost needless to say it'll all be about trade-offs you can't get very cheap very powerful very fast lives forever all in one device you will have to make trade-offs between the two things. the main things to look for in your gear is of course the compat compatibility with the users that what the users have is what your access network can provide if it's a point-to-point link of course the two ends must match each other you want a certain lifetime a quality hardware quality and very importantly especially for larger for example campus networks you want some management some manageability of devices we'll talk about that in much detail in a later talk the gear options and this is just a few brand names they'll change over time they will be different depending on where you are it literally goes from the 10 range the cheapest i can buy online today typically chinese sources home user equipment 10 20 buys me an access point on the upper end enterprise wireless very very heavy quality with management service and all of this goes to thousands of dollars per access point this is the range in which i have to position myself and the question is is there a best choice and we'll come to that if somebody gives me 20 and say hey can you build an access network for 100 people but you only get those 20 i can probably do that i can build a home access point 20 bucks i would probably think of giving it some self-built do-it-yourself antennas and that would enable 100 people to read mail do some browsing it won't be super fast but i could be giving a video presentation over that network that would still work um not 100 people could see it over such a network at the same time because then i'd be hitting the limits but it would work so a 20 year old standard access point i can still get them will do this job connectivity for 100 people for 20 dollars of course it's unmanaged for this price i've only installed one i haven't thought about the larger network yet now given that the range is so wide that i can go from literally from ten dollars to thousands of dollars is there a best choice um at the nsrc among the people working for the nslc we believe there is a good sort of midfield option there is equipment which gives you some management capabilities not the heavy enterprise control servers but something in between and it gives you good radio quality reasonable software management platform and while we're not affiliated in any way we do think that ubiquity products in particular for end user access unify is a good recommendation always keep in mind you also have to think about what can you get distribution and support and availability to begin with for in your specific place but for many places we find that ubiquity unifi is quite a good choice there's product lines for end user access the unify system and there is various point-to-point links on ism wi-fi bands as well as proprietary extensions to that for the end user access it's of course important that you are on standard wi-fi because else your users won't be able to connect to it for point-to-point links that's not an argument if as long as both ends of your point-to-point are compatible you can be on any other standard if you so wish here's the unify access points the point-to-point we see here air max and air fiber systems so these are some of the possibilities and they come in different classes price grades too different speeds different frequencies there's a lot to choose from.

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