Streakwave Webinar

August 15, 2014 / Categories: Blog

Bitlomat Sales Director, Jeff Broadwick presents topics including:

  • Bitlomat – the easy, low cost alternative
    • What’s Easy?
    • What’s Low Cost?
    • What differentiates it?
      • Hardware
      • Software
      • Features
    • Applications served
    • Ambassador – the easy, web-based radio UI
    • Passport – P2MP protocol – never let a bit travel without it!
    • High Profit Networks

Questions & Answers

 

Bitlomat products can allow you to sell Service Level Agreements?

Did you know that Bitlomat products can identify voice and video traffic?

Can you explain a little more about your VLAN compatibility?

How effective is the Bitlomat radio for use with a camera?

If you have voice, video and data all running, can you segregate all three types of traffic?

Do you have PoE passthrough at this point?

If someone wants to try out Bitlomat in an existing system (with other Access Points or CPEs) how do they try it out?

What kind of throughput do you get a varying distances? Can you talk a little bit about the antenna’s you have on both the 200 and 100?

Can you give us a bit of information about the company background of Bitlomat?

Can you discuss chanel width and throughput options for Bitlomat?

Why does Streakwave choose to sell Bitlomat?


Bitlomat products can allow you to sell Service Level Agreements?

Bitlomat’s goal is to enable ISPs to become more profitable by getting more distance between our base stations and our radios, more CPEs per tower, being able to set the reserve or committed information rates so that you can charge more per CPE.

The maximum and minimum throughput per CPE can be controlled. For example, if you have a high end customer that, at very worst, needs a 1 meg throughput, you can set that as a hard limit and regardless of what else happens on that radio, they will receive their megabit of throughput. This allows you to manage your bandwidth more efficiently. In addition, you can set parameters for email notification in case you have a device that fails. For example, if you have a CPE that’s pulling everyone else down such as interference, the radio can automatically be shut down and an email will be sent that notifies you of the problem so you can correct the issue.

 

Did you know that Bitlomat products can identify voice and video traffic?

Bitlomat can set QS parameters on the fly! Customers have used Bitlomat’s CPEs as point-to-point links due to the product’s 16.5 dBi, 33 beamwidth reaching as far as 7 miles with excellent performance.

Bitlomat’s goal is to enable ISPs to become more profitable by getting more distance between our base stations and our radios, more CPEs per tower, being able to set the reserve or committed information rates so that you can charge more per CPE.

 

Can you explain a little more about your VLAN compatibility?

The VLANS can be accessed and configured in a couple ways.  First of all, if you’re comfortable with Linux and prefer to work with code, you can get into the SSH and CLI and configure the VLAN with all the flexibility of the general Linux system.

For those looking for a more simplified web-based control of the VLANS, we bound one VLAN ID per SSID.  That means that you can create up to 8 SSID and bind them to a specific VLAN ID plus the management VLAN for each of them.  So for example, if on your core network you have a switch running on VLANs you can have up to 8 VLANs trunk across the base station port and distributed on the SSID one per SSID – so you can split the traffic both on your core network and on your wireless network at the same time.  This is the way we designed the experience via the UI for the time being, we can develop something more complex down the road.  More complex configurations (like multiple VLAN IDs for the same SSID) are only available today through the CLI.

 

How effective is the Bitlomat radio for use with a camera?

We consider this a QoS question related to how we implement the QoS and differentiate video from other types of traffic – there are several options. From a point to multi-point standpoint we can setup minimum guaranteed througput per CPE, so you can say I have this CPE and I want to reserve a minimum amoun bandwidth for that no matter what happened to the rest of the network.  So that is important at the base station level, but this is clearly aggregated. 

If you want to implement OoS in a finer manner, the possibility is already implemented in the UI.  In the QoS tab you can setup different priorities for different types of trafffic.  For the time being we can differentiate between RTP, Skype and SIP (aka VoIP).  Again if you are familiar with Linux you can get into the CLI and create filters for varios forms of traffic like that.

 

If you have voice, video and data all running, can you segregate all three types of traffic?

Yes, there are several ways.  If you have a switch that is already differentiating traffic with DSCP tags – we automatically give priority to those packets.  You can configure the minimum reserved rate per CPE via the UI.  Or you can configure a specific filter for a specific type of traffic and give priority to it.

 

Do you have PoE passthrough at this point?

We do not support PoE passthrough with the current product.  As it stands today, we feel that it would introduce more problems than it solves.  In the future we may come out with a higher voltage (48V) product would likely support PoE passthrough.

 

If someone wants to try out Bitlomat in an existing system (with other Access Points or CPEs) how do they try it out?

The initial decision must be if you want to try a Bitlomat AP with another vendor’s CPE or a Bitlomat CPE with another vendor’s AP.  From a compatitibility standpoint, as long as you use the CSMA mode, then an 802.11n compatible type of device can connect to our AP’s, as well as our CPEs can connect to any 802.11n AP’s already in place. 

This is not the case with TDMA. [Our version of] TMDA is a proprietary protocol [called Passport].  As far as performance is concerned, one of the things that I would really like a customer to look at is running two APs (ours and their current vendor) with the same number of CPEs and looking at overall performance.  One of the best tests would be to simulate traffic like VoIP with small packets but very high frequency (very high rate) and check how the two systems perform.  I think it’s the best way to show what is the highest amount of packets our APs can guarantee.

 

What kind of throughput do you get a varying distances? Can you talk a little bit about the antenna’s you have on both the 200 and 100?

Performance at distance is always going to depend on the environment as things like interference can impact overall system performance.  We’ve seen our customers run P2P links with the Bitlomat 100 units 4 miles apart in fairly dirty RF environments with trees obstructing a clear line of site and other wireless equipment in the area.  They were able to pull (with a 20 MHz channel) something like 70Mbps in TCP which we feel is pretty good.  We’ve also seen other beta testers create a 4.5 mile link with the Bitlomat 100 on 5 Mhz channels with 30 Mbps throughput, which again, I belive is a fairly decent number on a 5 MHz chhanel.

As far as the antenna is concerned – on the Bitlomat 100 we have a 16.5 dBi gain antenna with roughly 30 degrees beam width.  There are other radios on the market with similar shape and form factor but with 40-45 degree beam width, we decided to shrink [the beam width] not only to increase the gain, but also to reduce the interference you get in the radio, while at the same time keeping the alignment of the CPE pretty simple.  The Bitlomat 200 is a fully integrated AP with a 90 degree 20.5 dBi gain.  You can use it at 120 degrees and consider losing something like 4-6 dBi depending on the frequency you’re using. The good thing about the sheidling we implemented in the Bitlomat 200 is that it provides a really good front to back ratio.  So it can be used in very dense environment if you have co-located systems on the same tower or pole. The built-in sheilding probably gives you 5 to 6 dBi higher sensitivity because of the sheilding.  And because the sheidling is custom fitted for our product it works a lot better than an aftermarket solution can work that needs to fit multpile competitors’ product

 

Can you give us a bit of information about the company background of Bitlomat?

Yes, Bitlomat is a fully funded startup.  We’ve been in business for a little more than a year.  I’ve [Jeff] spent the early months just picking the brains of thought leaders in the field and asking them what they liked and didn’t like.  We ended up making some critical chagnes based on that feedback – like the integrated metal sheilding in the Bitlomat 200 – because people weren’t happy spending $100 a sector on a prodcut to shield the back of their radios.  Our first beta testing was done in April [2012] with a second run in the summer and made our offical US launch about a month ago [October, 2012]. 

 

Can you discuss chanel width and throughput options for Bitlomat?

We support 40, 20, 10 and 5 MHz channels.  What I can say is that if you’re running on 20 Mhz channels you can saturate the [100 Mbps] ethernet port in standard conditions – meaning within a mile or two miles (maybe even more).  In the lab the bandwidth we can get with a 40 or 20 MHz channel is more than 130 Mbps (bi-directional). As far as 10 and 5 Mhz channels are concerned – a 10 MHz channel (in our performance test) gave us 45 Mbps.  At 5 Mhz we’re running at 30-35 Mbps.

 

Why does Streakwave choose to sell Bitlomat?

From what we’ve seen here at Streakwave and why we chose to offer Bitlomat as a brand is that this is a simple operating, simple installation and simple maintenance, but sophisticated performance piece of equipment.  Something that gives you a low cost alternative to do a lot of things that you might do in the higher class or with a higher cost item.  We invite you to give it a try – give us a call if you have any further questions.  Do remember when operating in the 5 GHz frequency it is an unlicensed frequency so you do have to remember different areas will have different performances and it is important to map out where you will be using this equipment – and we can assist you in mapping that out.  Streakwave is available all the time at streakwave.com or you can call us at 888-604-5324.