Today on the Packet Pushers Priority Queue, we step out of the data center, away from the hot aisle, take out our spectrum analyzers, shoo away the pigeons, and discuss outdoor wireless. Specifically, we’re going to go after point-to-point wireless and wireless backhaul with our sponsor, Cambium Networks.
Cambium Networks specializes in fixed outdoor wireless broadband in the unlicensed 5GHz/2.4Ghz spectrum, handling challenging wireless interference from 2 meters to 245 kilometers.
The company connects backhaul systems, WiFi networks, video cameras and other systems.
Our guests from Cambium are Sakid Ahmed, Senior Director of Engineering; Dmitry Moiseev, Systems Engineer; and Alex Marcham, Systems Engineer.
Greg and Ethan dive in with their guests to talk about Cambium’s product line, including the ePMP product, which is specifically designed for outdoor use. They discuss how Cambium handles outdoor interference, including other radio signals, and uses a deterministic system to adapt modulation levels to ensure a strong signal even in noisy environments.
And because Cambium radios are designed for point-to-point links, deployment is fairly simple and doesn’t require an expert installer. Cambium includes AES 128-bit encryption support to ensure data is encrypted in transit.
Cambium offers cnMaestro, a cloud-based management system that provides visibility to all APs and modules. Operators can configure and manage their entire Cambium network from one place.
The primary use case for Cambium is operators providing Internet and VoIP services to home users. For instance, in a rural location, an operator can put Cambium equipment on a water tower, grain elevator or building and within a 60 degree or 90 degree sector provide broadband for hundreds of houses.
However, the company is also seeing growing adoption for connecting surveillance cameras for warehouses and other large commercial spaces, enterprise connectivity, WiFi hotspot backhaul, and organizations connecting multiple buildings on a campus.
Cambium has a special offer for Packet Pushers listeners. The first 25 people to register at on cambiumnetworks.com/packetpushers will each get a pair of ePMP radios, while supplies last.