Hi there everyone,
About two weeks ago I decided I want to go the wireless route for my internet connection and I felt the need to share my experience/story with you guys and at the same time ask a few questions.
OK, after looking at possible candidates in my area (I live in CPT, Uitzicht, Durbanville) I decided to go contact Wireless online to come do a site survey. I requested this via their contact page. This was done over the recent long weekend we had (1 May Sunday). I however gave them a call on 3 May just after the long weekend was finished and they said they got my request and that they will be doing the site survey the next day (WO moved offices that weekend). I was very impressed with that response time. Ok back to my story... The tech guy came out to my place and got on the roof and took his laptop with him, but just by looking I was told that I would be unable to get signal due to line of sight issues.
I was hoping that they would have some sort of line of sites towards Paarl or Stellenbosch mountains since I have clear view toward them, but as per the techie the line of sight toward the Bottelary and Kanonkop (I think) was obscured by trees and buildings respectively.
Seeing that WO has another customer in my area, it wasn’t good news at all.
Pondering about this for a day or so I thought I'll start looking at other ISP's that might have high sites, towards those mountain ranges I mentioned earlier. So I phoned Uninet. I told them that WO did a survey and couldn't get a signal, but that it seemed that no "electronic test" was done. They told me they don't have a high site towards the mountains, but still suggested to do a survey since anyway to make sure if I'm in luck with them or not.
Monday 9 May the Uninet techie came out for the survey. When I got here he was done already and told me that he could not get any signal from their tower, but did get a signal from WO's “Winks tower” (Bottelary). He told me he got a -75 signal test and with 5 different interfaces. He explained that it's a good signal and that I should be able to use WO’s service. Now, I must state that I don't understand much of the technical stuff, so please feel free to explain if you want.
With this info at hand I immediately phoned WO and told them what happened with Uninet and that I would like them to come do a survey again.
WO was here again today and phoned me to tell me yet again that they can't get a signal.
This is what baffles me; Why would Uninet tell me I should be able to get wireless, but not with them, but with WO, but WO says I will not be able to!
Just for reference: The Uninet guy used a white flat panel box to do his signal test with and used it with a Linux based laptop. I think the WO guy used a grid to do his test with, but he used a windows based laptop.
After this longish post and sort of being confused about this situation, I have a few questions I would like to pose.
1. Is-75 dB signal strength really a good signal?
2. What would "5 different interfaces" mean?
3. Will a Linux OS based system be better then a Windows based OS to get a signal? To my knowledge it shouldn’t, but maybe it can!
4. Do anyone know of a wireless ISP in CPT that does have a high site in those mountains?
If you have any comments please feel free to do so.
Thanks for reading the post