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Wireless Bridges May be Cost Effective for Some Public Sector and K-12 Education Buildings

Fiber optic connectivity is always recommended when facilities like school buildings or town halls are permanent and future bandwidth growth is unpredictable.  Wireless bridges, however, make sense when buildings or requirements are temporary or budgets are tight.  Wireless bridges can often be installed in less than 30 days versus up to six months for a fiber optic connection.

Southington Public Schools needed to connect a separate building to the school districts internet gateway quickly but long term occupancy was undecided.  Digital BackOffice installed Ruckus Zoneflex Outdoor bridges within two weeks of order and at half the cost of installing optical fiber.  “The recurring maintenance cost is a fraction of maintaining a fiber circuit while providing more than 150 Mb/s of bandwidth”, said Karen Veilleux, Director of Technology at Southington Public Schools.

While wireless bridges are subject to obstructions (like tree leaves), a qualified engineer can quickly determine if wireless bridge hardware is suitable for the building(s).  As a general rule of thumb, if you can see between buildings (up to 1.5 Kilometers) with leaves on the trees, then a wireless bridge is a viable option.

DBO Netwatch services provide a single point of contact for managing wired and wireless infrastructure.  DBO provides actionable information 24×7, including power failures, service provider outages, and system reboots to quickly identify the source of network affecting problems.  Digital BackOffice is a Ruckus Services Partner and also maintains certifications for Cisco, Microsoft and HP.

If you have considered a wireless bridge or would like a free wireless evaluation, call us at 203-874-5545 Ext. 118 or email sales@digitalbackoffice.com

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