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Published on November 30th, 2015 | by Max Argent

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Applying 4G to Varied Applications

Introduction

As 4G continues to grow and become a common place necessity, rising numbers of people are beginning to see and experience the benefits that the supporting technology can offer. These can range from faster data rates for peripherals and smart networking applications such as using GPS, to real time high resolution video with Advanced Videos Codecs (AVCs) at higher bit rates and more. However the user seldom understands what the supporting architecture is, nor are they provided with the information about how and why they are getting these benefits. This entry will cover some of the technologies involved from the users’ accessibility to the infrastructure providing its use.

4G Advantages over 3G and Legacy Products

  • Superior Super Fast Speed Internet better than standard WiFi
  • Reduced Support Contracts for ISP’s
  • Support for interactive multimedia, voice, streaming video, Internet, and other broadband services
  • Unparalleled Connectivity
  • Better spectral efficiency
  • Monitoring Technology for Fast Diagnosis of Networking Issues
  • Backward Compatibility with Legacy Standards for Failback and smooth transition
  • Constant Digital Modulation Techniques (As opposed to Variable Analogue)
  • Quality of Service Compensation and Optimisation for reliable uptime
  • Packet Switched Mobility System Supporting High Fidelity Voice and HD video

Methodology – Application Scenarios and Recommended Equipment

Infrastructure Connectivity

PTP

Point to Point Wireless covers connectivity between 2 remote locations. The purpose of this equipment is to provide high throughput to another location that has no internet connectivity through Point to Point links, then connect the equipment to the network with a switch. Use of PTP technology requires a working knowledge of SSH with programs such as putty or through a Command line prompt. Products like the Ubiquiti AirMax Nanobeam achieve this perfectly and are an affordable solution on a limited budget, eliminating the need to maintain multiple contracts for internet access for service providers. To take advantage of this technological application we recommend products like the Ubiquiti EdgeSwitch to connect all your localised on premise equipment.

PtMP

Point to Multipoint Wireless covers connectivity from 1 location to several other locations. The application of this technology remains very wide but is perfect for uses such as in warehouses and office blocks. Use of PtMP technology requires a working knowledge of SSH with programs such as putty or through a Command line prompt. Products like the Ubiquiti AirMax Rocket 5 AC achieves connectivity perfectly and are an affordable solution on a limited budget eliminating the need to maintain multiple contracts for service providers. To take advantage of this technological application we recommend products like the Ubiquiti EdgeMAX to connect all your localised on premise equipment.

4G Routers

A 4G Router is a wireless router that enables connection by connecting to the 4G/LTE network, 4G Routers can enable you to capitalise on wireless speeds of up to 100Mbps. Products from manufacturers such as Cradlepoint, Peplink, Pepwave, I-Mo and Teltonika are just a few that lead the industry in providing 4G from your preferred provider.

Localised Connectivity (Standard)

WiFi Indoor

Indoor applications are made up of a huge range of Access Points requiring SSID’s to connect your choice of peripheral to the internet. Their protocol/frequency/apparatus support varies from Single band to Dual band for the 2.4 and 5GHz spectrum. All products feature internal antennae, however there is external support for extended range and connectivity. Products like those in the Ubiquiti UniFi range achieve connectivity at varying distances operating on 802.11/a/b/g/n and AC standards.

WiFi Outdoor

Outdoor applications are made up of a huge range of Access Points requiring SSID’s to connect your choice of peripheral to the internet. Their protocol/frequency/apparatus support varies from Single band to Dual band for the 2.4 and 5GHz spectrum. Outdoor Units tend to be heavier than the indoor as a result of compliance to waterproofing and dust standards. Products like the Ubiquiti UniFi Outdoor achieve connectivity at varying distances operating on 802.11/a/b/g/n and AC standards.

Localised Connectivity (Emergency)

Spectrum Analysers

Spectrum Analysers are primarily used to measure the power of the spectrum of known and unknown signals. Spectrum Analysers measure the magnitude of an input signal versus frequency within the full frequency range of the instrument.

We recommend products such as Metageek and SAF Spectrum analyzers as they support diagnosis for varied circumstances, come from an opensource project foundation and have been developed over a long period by wireless enthusiasts experienced in the common issues associated with wireless networks. Please note the Ubiquiti UniFi range feature integrated diagnosis tools for spectrum analysis and path removing technology for high density areas where interference is at its highest.

Security (Cameras/Recorders)

Security Cameras and recorders in the IP world are fast becoming the standard for monitoring and protecting investments, effectively replacing the need for CCTV using older analogous standards. Options vary from fixed cameras, with limited range and view to dome cameras which cover large areas. Products like the Ubiquiti UniFi Video and the UniFi AirVison Dome Cameras (Variable 360° view), achieve CCTV coverage perfectly at a cost effective price. To record the footage you will need a Network Video Recorder (NVR) like the Ubiquiti UniFi Video Camera NVR.

We are highly experienced and knowledgeable around the different systems available and their application, so please contact us for any queries you may have.

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