Justin’s List of xISP vendors and resources

I have been working on this list for a while. The following are vendors, manufacturers, and various companies I have dealt with in my career as an ISP owner and consultant. This is not a complete list by any means. These are companies I have dealt with personally and/or are sponsors of this site. Companies with the are ones that support this blog and I personally recommend.  I don’t recommend them just because they support this blog, but because they provide a good product or service. If you would like to be included on this list please contact me as I am working on more detailed lists per category.  This is a starting point for those looking to narrow down some focus of their research.

Distributors
ISP Supplies
Texas-based distributor carrying a big number of product lines such as Cambium, Mikrotik, Airspan, and many others

Baltic Networks
Chicagoland based distributor carrying product lines such as Mikrotik, Cambium, and others.

CTIconnect
Distributor of fixed wireless and telecommunications infrastructure for Internet Service Providers (ISP’s), Cable Operators, Telephone Companies

Double Radius


Billing
Azotel
Mature billing solution which can
manage all aspects of your ISP.

Sonar
Modern Billing software with many backend automation

VISP
Automation and control of your WISP customers

More Billing providers can be found at xISP billing platforms


Manufacturers
Baicells
LTE and CBRS based solutions

Cambium Networks
Manufacturer of fixed wireless products such as EMP, 450, and cnPilot wireless.

Mikrotik
Manufacturer of Mikrotik routers and RouterOS routing and switching products

Ubiquiti
Manufacturer of WISP and WIFI products. Product lines include AirFiber and Unifi.


Tower Related
TowerOne
Training and equipment to keep climbers and companies compliant and safe. Large selection of needed items such as Harnesses and rope related items for tower work.


Voice
Atheral
Unified communications with experts to help you migrate and stay compliant. Here is a link to a podcast I did with Ateral.

True IP Solutions
Unified communications solutions integrated
with access and camera solutions.


Training
Rick Frey
mikrotik training and certification as well
as consulting and integrations solutions

LinkTechs
Training on Mikrotik and distributor of related products

More info on training for the xISP 


Supporting Services
TowerCoverage
RF Mapping and Modeling for tower sites and customer pre-qualification

Wireless Mapping
Radio Mapping, two-way radio, mark study information, and Municipal broadband.

IntelPath
Microwave and Millimeter Wavechannel procurement.


Organizations, web-sites, and groups
WISPA
Trade Organization supporting Wireless Internet Service Providers=

WISP Talk on Facebook

Cambium Users group on Facebook


YouTube Channels 
TheBrothersWISP
Networking, ISP, and related topics

MSFixit


Did I forget you? Would you like to sponsor this blog and your name listed? Contact me for more information.

Shuffle poles for smart cities utilizing Siklu

Siklu, a global leader in Fixed 5G millimeter wave (mmWave) solutions for Gigabit Wireless Access (GWA), Smart City and security networks, today announced an initiative with Schréder, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of outdoor lighting systems, to create the first-ever “Wireless Smart Pole” – thanks to a new module available with the Schreder Smart Pole: the famous SHUFFLE. The new module will launch officially in 1Q 2021 under the name “SHUFFLE Wireless Backhaul.” This new wireless Smart Pole features all the latest equipment for Smart City services and Gigabit wireless connectivity provided by the Siklu MultiHaul™ line of radios, all built in into a sleek streetlight unit.

The SHUFFLE Smart Pole is constructed of rotatable and interchangeable modules that seamlessly integrate various LED lighting options, security cameras, Wi-Fi Access Points, EV charging sockets, audio speakers and small cells for 4G/5G mobile networks. Today when cities or campuses wish to add these devices to an existing pole, the result is an unsightly “Christmas tree” look with boxes and wires protruding everywhere. In addition, these devices need connectivity — fiber where available, but often wireless. Adding a wireless connectivity device externally can exacerbate the “aesthetics” problem.

The newly announced module on the SHUFFLE solves this problem by integrating all the cameras and APs, as well as the mmWave MultiHaul™, into a sleek and attractive unit measuring approximately between 3 and 7 meters high, depending on what modules are chosen. This release of the SHUFFLE is the world’s first Smart Pole with integrated Gigabit-speed mmWave connectivity, designed with aesthetics that do not intrude on its surroundings.

https://www.siklu.com/press-release/siklu-announces-gigabit-wireless-enabled-smart-poles-for-smart-cities/

VMware Fusion and MacOS Big Sur

While doing some work tonight I received an update notification from VMware Fusion, which I use to run Windows 10 inside Mac OS.

• Fusion 11 can not run on macOS 11 Big Sur because it depends on Kernel Extensions which can no longer be used on macOS 11. 

Never fear there is a new version with newer pricing. Ugh!!

Finally, with this new version of Fusion, VMware is also shaking up its pricing with a new Fusion 12 Player licensing structure that is free for personal use. Fusion 12 Player users who want to use the software for commercial use will be able to purchase a license for $149, with an upgrade license available for $89 to those currently running Fusion 10 or 11.

A professional-level Fusion 12 Pro offers some additional power-user features and allows you to run on up to three devices (including Windows or Linux PCs running VMware’s Workstation Pro), with pricing set at $199 for a new license or $99 as an upgrade. Discounted educational pricing will also be available for Fusion 12, although many students will also be able to take advantage of the free personal use license.

Users who purchased Fusion 11.5 or Fusion 11.5 Pro after June 15 will be eligible for a free upgrade to Fusion 12 Player (commercial license) or Fusion 12 Pro.

https://www.macrumors.com/2020/08/20/vmware-fusion-12/

So why is the upgrade needed? Fusion 12 phases out VMWare’s use of kernel extensions by using new Apple APIs to support its containers and virtual machines.

Bad news? It is not available yet. https://blogs.vmware.com/teamfusion/2020/08/announcing-fusion-12-and-workstation-16.html

Mounting old file system CDs on MacOS Catalina

Recently I had an issue with mounting older CD-Roms of backup files and such on MacOSX Catalina. Apparently, Apple dropped support for HFS volumes. In order to fix this it is pretty easy.

You will need HomeBrew. Being a network geek I already have this installed. If you need to install this here is a link..

With HomeBrew installed run the following command from terminal

brew install hfsutils

After a minute or so it will complete. Insert your cd/dvd and open up disk utility.You will see your cd/dvd greyed out because it is not mounted.

Click on the info in the upper right. You are looking for the device node. In my case it is disk2s1s2.

Once you have this info go back to terminal and run the following command

sudo hmount /dev/disk2s1s2

If you have the proper path you will get something similar to this

Volume name is “Photos/Sounds/Etc” (locked)
Volume was created on Thu Sep 16 15:34:21 1999
Volume was last modified on Fri Feb 16 10:58:16 2001
Volume has 0 bytes free

To do a listing of the volume:

sudo hls

From this point I simply create a directory on my desktop and copy each directory to it. I have found the best way is to copy each directory independently. I do this with the following command

sudo hcopy -r ":Directory_to_be_Copied:*.*" /Volumes/MacintoshHD/Users/YOU/Desktop/CD/

The trailing slash is important.

Siklu Case study 80 GHZ Indianapolis Indiana

Some photos from a Siklu 80GHZ deployment in Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. This was deployed by On-Ramp Indiana (https://www.ori.net). The problem being solved is moving video files around a network in order to get it to smart screens and projectors. This is a very urban area and wireless was pretty much the only option to get from building to building.

Siklu 80GHZ was on the shortlist due to the distances involved. Another consideration was the footprint of the equipment. The equipment had to be as low profile as possible.

Another needed aspect of this network was the ability to move traffic around at layer 2. Not all traffic is IP based in this type of network.

Equipment used
Ether Haul 1200FX
https://www.siklu.com/product/etherhaul-kilo-series/

Right above the observation windows, you can see the Siklu just to the right of the center corner

Some technical Details

Average traffic over the past 2 months

As you can see traffic is reasonably consistent in the 80-100 meg range. We needed a solution that did not slow down due to interference. A possible 10’s of thousands of visitors to this attraction in a weekend, reliability and performance were critical. When this was installed we did not know about COVID, but this is an attraction people can enjoy from their cars and social distancing. This use added to the visibility of this attraction, thus making the reliability even more crucial.

Articles about the finished product
https://www.wthr.com/article/news/local/monument-circle-get-new-light-show-time-holidays/531-ef1819ca-5f27-4886-9283-17e481c33f39

https://www.wthr.com/article/news/local/new-light-show-sound-system-entertain-monument-circle-visitors/531-576ce095-501c-41c6-913a-518a0cc05779

On-Ramp Indiana Contacts www.ori.net 317.774.2100