Seamless internet that sees through (or around)
even the biggest obstacles
It’s a well-known fact that mesh broadband networks have a fundamental flaw – the inability to maintain data rate over multiple hops. However, the team at Mage Networks has developed a solution to overcome this flaw. Our MagiNet™ networks have been tested to 25 hops with ZERO data rate loss. So obstacles and terrain that previously prevented consistent wireless service are no longer a problem. MagiNet™ delivers High-Speed Broadband more cost-efficiently and quickly than traditional solutions.
In traditional tower-based networks a central tower beams the signal in straight lines (sometimes on three different frequencies) one in each of three sectors. If terrain or an object blocks the straight line, there will be a dead spot where the tower cannot “see”. Additionally, as the signal moves further away it loses strength, which decreases the data rate.
A data rate of 50 Mbps near the tower degrades as the client gets further away, until the data rate dissipates to zero. This provides very poor service for the users at the edge of the tower’s range. Furthermore, the area of coverage far from the tower is larger, therefore there are more users getting poorer service.
Finally, because the tower is beaming in all directions equally, it’s prone to interference, which forces providers to use expensive, limited bands of licensed frequencies. Many service providers have paid billions of dollars to get 30 MHz of specified bandwidth.
How MagiNet™ Works
MagiNet™ uses data pipelines in a series of small hops where the locations are strategically selected to distribute the data from central locations. Those data pipelines carry multiple signals in multiple directions, intelligently choosing whichever routes will avoid obstacles and interference with other data pipelines. The data automatically zips on and off wired and wireless connections to maximize efficiency.
The result is that all users get the best quality connection, regardless of their proximity to a tower. There are also so many options for the signals to route, including around or under obstacles, that there is no degradation in speed experienced by the users. In fact, a data pipeline 20 kilometers long has been tested with no measurable degradation in quality, giving MagiNet™ almost unlimited range.
Because the connections need limited sight lines, they can use directional antennas. This means the high data rate is maintained even in poor conditions. In addition, the units are sited very low, so the chance for interference is much lower, which allows us to use 800 MHz of unlicensed spectrum in the 2.4 and 5 GHz band as well as about 3 GHz in the 60 GHz band for free.
MagiNet™ Data Pipelines have recently been upgraded to a capacity of 1 Gbps by using 802.11ad standard based equipment operating at 60 GHz. This performance increase illustrates the way MagiNet™ incorporates emerging technologies to continue improving its performance and capabilities.
The access devices are placed in the locations where needed and are not restricted by backhaul requirements since that is provided by the data pipelines. Since the access devices are distributed and are always close to the clients, the number of clients per access device can be consistently small, ensuring quality of service is much higher.
As the data pipelines do not degrade in performance with distance, the coverage area can be extended far beyond the reach of the traditional tower-based solution.
The following video shows a temporary demonstration of the technology – we’ve used tripods to deploy quickly, although a permanent deployment would select fixed points for mounting nodes, such as buildings or lampposts (about 3 – 4 m high).
New Bandwidth Injection™ (NBI™)
New Bandwidth Injection™ (NBI™) is a feature of MagiNet™ which permits additional bandwidth to be injected to the system to remove bottlenecks and increase overall capacity. Because of the advanced routing and simplicity of MagiLink™ firmware, this can be achieved in a large variety of ways, one is to add more data pipelines into the area in question, the other is to upgrade the equipment in the Data Pipelines.
Guaranteed Streaming Bandwidth™ (GSB™ )
All streaming services, such as Netflix or Amazon Prime Video*, require a minimum amount of consistent bandwidth to function without interruption (buffering). Without that bandwidth important services such as on-line schooling and video conferencing are interrupted. Many Internet related factors affecting performance are beyond the control of the local Internet Service Provider (ISP), however, one key factor in the control of an ISP operating MagiNet™ is the minimum amount of bandwidth available to each customer through its network.
The design of MagiNet™ ensures that the connection between your home and the Internet is capable of delivering GSB™ by ensuring the connection has the physical capacity to deliver that performance, by limiting the number of users sharing the bandwidth and by ensuring that weather effects are minimized. Additionally, Mage Networks purchases sufficient bandwidth to support that usage level across the whole network. Using New Bandwidth Introduction™ (NBI™), the network gets upgraded whenever any of these factors change in a way that might impact the guarantee.
Recognizing our customers need for these critical services to operate at peak performance levels, Mage Networks has implemented GSB™, or Guaranteed Streaming Bandwidth™, to all Internet service offerings. The GSM™ ensures the MagiNet™ service delivers to all customers the guaranteed minimal bandwidth required to operate these essential services.
*Netflix and Amazon Prime Video are registered trademarks of Netflix, Inc. and Amazon Technologies Inc. respectively.
Mage Networks - Wi-Fi in the Middle of Nowhere
Summary Comparison of Technologies
Mage vs. Traditional
Rather than being fixed on network speed alone, wireless networks must be evaluated on 5 core criteria:
|Capacity||Whatever the ISP Chooses; limited only by number of data pipelines initiating from a single point. Each Data Pipeline can supply up to 1 Gbps by using the new 802.11ad based equipment. This depends on topography only, as Mage can follow any route. Adaptable and scalable with usage. The diagram shows 8 Gbps total capacity.|
|Coverage||Ability to access behind and around obstacles; bypasses dense foliage; can reach 100% of users.|
|Range||No degradation for data pipeline. 20 kilometers have been tested without degradation.|
|Deployability||Low skill to install simple mounting kits on any type of building. Can connect to any type of input (internet). Can connect to any kind of client/receiving, including an Ethernet (cable net- work). 2 – 5 weeks to deploy average network.|
|Usability||Very basic, low-skilled labour needed to maintain network. Speed and data usage can be monitored remotely.|
|Capacity||Can be up to 150 Mbps per sector, with 3 sectors max, since the spectrum interference is limiting. Declines rapidly with distance from the tower. The diagram above would have a capacity near the tower of 450 Mbps max.|
|Coverage||High hills, towers or buildings are needed as mounting areas. Obstacles, valleys and foliage cause issues.|
|Range||Limited by signal degradation.|
|Deployability||Permits needed for tower construction, professionals needed to wire, install and test equipment. 12 – 18 months needed to deploy average network.|
|Usability||Skilled trades-people and network managers are needed to maintain, track, and repair.|
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