Iburst in Cape Town

Manta

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Fellow iBurster, lend me your ears.

I would like to get this new tread off the ground to discuss iBurst in the Cape Town area.

I had the little white box arrive on Thursday (20 Jan 2005). For the next several hours did all i could to try get connected. Everything from calling the "Helpdesk" to having family members standing on garnden furnature in the attempt to get a solid signal. :p Anyway i had my UTD bouncing between 100% signal to 0% signal. Is this the "I can't find a basestation" problem or something else. I stay about 20km in a straight line from the only live basestation (Cape Town CBD) so i guess i'm pushing it, although Cape Town is pretty flat don;t forget.

So today's adventure was taking a trip into the CBD to try get online. No more than 5Km from the basestation and still nought signal. :mad: But this time it's not bouncing, just 0% the whole time. Then after about 30min of just sitting and waiting for better days, wham, 100% signal and it's solid. Whip out the usb cable, jack it into the laptop and Bob's your auntie -- ACCESS --

This lead me to believe that there is some kind of activation delay before the UTD is accepted onto the iBurst network...any true here?

So it's back to my place and i;m back to the bouncy signal story. :eek:

OK, so according to the wonderfully greenly shadded map on the iBurst site i;m suppost to be in coverage of the CBD basestation. So now that i've proved that wrong.

Who in Cape Town or elsewhere knows when the Cape Town rollout will be completed? More so when will the Goodwood base be Live.

Feel free to discuss any other iBurst Cape Town related issues or news right here.

Later....
 

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Keep in mind that they're still in their Pre-launch phase, and although JHB is mostly up and running still, Cape Town still has to go through the "tweaking" phases.

This happened to me a couple of times when I got iburst the first time. If you're still unable to get a signal to connect, try looking at various threads in the iburst forum concerning parabolic antenna's, and how a piece of cardboard and tinfoil can make your life easier...
 

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Manta, the Cape Town site was down from Thur 23h30 till approx 09h00 on Fri. At about 14h30 connected Iburst to laptop but no signal so when for a couple of drinks and worked when I came back approx 17h00 but with other problems. Thats what I experienced signal wise on the network today.

According to the FAQ ideal range 13km so you are pushing it. Heard iBurst where limiting range in Cape Town due to problems in Tableview seems signal travels to far over Table Bay and causes timing advance problems. Notice on the consolidated coverage map for Cape Town the CBD base station does not reach Robben Island but does on the CBD coverage map. Looks like it is touch or go whether Goodwood is covered by CBD. It has been posted that other sites will be up 1st week Feb I was told before commercial launch.
 

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I read somewhere that the coverage is only around 12km, even though the base station maps show coverage of up to 20+km.
 

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JayT, 12km for non-line of site, you can go well up to 20+km if you have direct line of site.
 

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I was refering to the strength that iburst is using, not what the technology is capable of doing.
 

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Sorry I'm not in cape town I just wanted to say.. Nickste, I can almost guarantee that he is not the cape town tagger :p
 

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I was referring to the signal and how far you can shove it up your ass.

How far a signal can stretch is beyond the technology or strenght of it. I suggest you read up on some wifi FAQS
 

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haha dude, you need to remove your attitude from your ass. Its obstructing your typing
 

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This comes from the iburst website
http://www.iburst.co.za/faq.php

What is the range of an iBurst base station?

An iBurst base station's range extends from approximately 3 km in built up or hilly areas with lots of clutter, to approximately 13 km in ideal conditions such as water or flat land.
 

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Like I said JayT, blow me...

If you care to read up on wifi a bit more, you'd know that you could reach up to 20+km in "ideal conditions"

The statement made there is without any kind of antenna other than the stock fitted on to the modem.

Then again, stupidity causes cancer, and you probably doing the chemo thing already, so I forgive you...
 

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noone, as we all know, you work for iburst and actually implemented the system. I suppose you will now also tell everyone that mywireless is also capable of reaching over 10km, but reality shows it does not work over 8km (no matter what antenna you use). So, its about time you got your facts straight without reading text book material and acting as if you know everything. iburst and sentech are able to control the signal and even if the technology is able to go a certain range, they are restricting it. That brings us back to the original post
 

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Nickste said:
...the CT tagger are you...?
The what :confused: - I must have been cooped up with work for too long - please fill me in on all the latest gossip.
 

Manta

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:cool: Thanks all for your help...the one thing ic and i both want to know...what the **** is a CT Tagger?
 

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Not to get in the middle of one of noone's little wars. :rolleyes:

I am 9.7km from basestation without LOS (two hills in the way) and get 94% signal. I have succesfully gotten reception 15km away from base station with 70% signal and very little packet lose.

Stock UTD Antenna. The Iburst website faq refers to built up cities, IE you will get 3-5km in the CBD when surrounded by skyscrapers.

Residential areas are a different thing altogether. The Iburst maps are very accurate in terms of coverage, the system takes obstructions and variables into account when generating the maps, ofcourse you may still need to fiddle with the positioning of your UTD to get optimum signal.

The UTC is obviously alot weaker and has less range.
 

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Tagger = dude who runs around with his little spray can and writes his name in big letters all over your newly painted walls.

;-)
 

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Who in Cape Town or elsewhere knows when the Cape Town rollout will be completed? More so when will the Goodwood base be Live.

Default iBurst answer: in 2 weeks :)

Or maybe not. One of my spies (as LoneGunman would put it ;)) told me that all the sites in South Africa are meant to be up by the first week of Feb. However they're having tremendous rollout problems at the moment. The equipment for the microwave link (I think thats what he called it) with UUNET isn't wind resistant which is causing havoc with their connections, as we all know about how bad the South Easter is in Cape Town. Then their antennaes for the base stations are still stuck in customs (or were at the time) which is another huge hassle they're dealing with. Add to the mix the technical glitches with some of their towers they're experiencing that the Jap techs are looking at and it starts to look a bit dodgy for 1st week of Feb, possibly even late Feb.
 

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JayT said:
noone, as we all know, you work for iburst and actually implemented the system. I suppose you will now also tell everyone that mywireless is also capable of reaching over 10km, but reality shows it does not work over 8km (no matter what antenna you use). So, its about time you got your facts straight without reading text book material and acting as if you know everything. iburst and sentech are able to control the signal and even if the technology is able to go a certain range, they are restricting it. That brings us back to the original post
Actually, dipsh1t, Sentech's signal can reach up to 30km. Although, you can be standing 500 meters away from their tower and not even get 46% signal strenght. This has been proven by a war drive we did when we started experiencing problems and Sentech ignored us.

You are right though, they can restrict the signal if they want to. That is the difference between long range and short range... providing you speak english and know what "range" is. The reason for that is the amount of packets sent/received (including acknowledgements)

Short story, it takes more bandwidth to run a long range tower.

And like Alchamy, I know this because of first hand experience, I not only read up on this type of stuff, but I actually go out and do it... unlike you, who watch dubious amounts of porn, and go years (decades?) without actually participating in this human ritual called sex.

I also know the head engineer at Sentech who implemented all the radio technology and servers, and have had long discussions with him as to how the system works and what it is capable of.

Want to know something about ADSL? Well, I personally know the guy who implemented the authentication servers AND cap as well...

And to everyone who has read this (including poor ol' JayT), please do not take offense to anything I say, as I love insulting anything that moves... it's fun, it passes the time, and I love seeing them cry.... little b1tches!
 
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