Line of Sight Options
Because all wireless technologies excel only with true line of sight, we require that the radios are mounted above the tree line, to ensure proper connections. However, for some clients this means going much higher than their roof line. Some rural properties are surrounded by tall trees, and may require a tripod and mast, or even a guy wired pop-up mast or free standing tower. The free site survey conducted before setup will ensure there are no surprises in setup fees.
How we site survey:
The first visit is typically completed with a half-ton truck. The installer will note the location and orientation of the house and trees, relative to the towers near that location. Pictures will be taken from the roof top or yard and a note will be made as to where the best connection can be completed from. If the trees are significantly taller than the house or garage/shop in question, a second visit can be scheduled with the Ladder Truck after customer approval.
The Ladder Truck is a 1985 retired Pirsch Ladder Truck from Lexington Kentucky. Using that ladder, we can climb to 85′ of height, and reach over the house or garage/shop/barn in question. That allows us to get an accurate reading of signal quality to the tower, and an accurate reading of height required to your house or garage/shop. Accurate heights translate to the lowest cost of equipment installation (you don’t have to spend more than you have to for height you didn’t need), and there is no guessing (setup a tower just to realize it’s still just a touch short…). There is a $100 charge ($88.50 plus taxes) for the Ladder Truck site survey, with the full fee being credited towards the install if you wish to move forward with the install. The ladder truck also allows our techs to safely work on towers that are not CSA certified, keep our techs safe and continuing to utilize whatever existing towers the client may have!
Height Options, Pros, Cons, and Cost
The standard wireless and satellite mount. Easy to blend into the house rooftop and does not look out of the ordinary.
Tripods are a simple and great tool to gain an extra 10-18′ of height from your roof peak. However, the tripod is quite visible from the front of the home. Installation of the tripod is done with appearance in mind, and will be placed at the best location for both the wireless signal and the road side appearance of the home. The 3′ and 5′ differ mainly in strength. If the location requires a bigger radio, a 5′ tripod must be used to reduce the amount of sway that the radio will have during windy periods. The 5′ tripod and mast are the more common option of the two. The 10′ tripod is a very solid tripod, but because the material required, is at a higher cost. It’s a great solution to the 15-18′ of height required without requiring guyed wires as a pop up mast would.
Pop up masts are a great value additional height option to any house or garage/shop, but lack the visual aesthetics that most home owners prefer. If the roof top is wide enough, we can erect a thin pop up mast, varying in height from 20′ through 50′, with guyed wires every 10′ for stability. The masts are very strong, even in wind conditions, but do require a roof with enough width to properly fasten the cables to. If the house roof is not wide enough, or a garage/shop is nearby, preference is made to install to the garage/shop and keep the house aesthetically pleasing.
Depending on the house or garage/shop roofline, a bracketed tower is an alternative to keeping the pop up mast off the roof itself. Because the bracketed tower sits on the ground, and is bracketed to the roofline at it’s highest point, the total height of the bracketed tower is restricted to the height of the highest bracket plus 20′. If it’s any taller than 20′ above the top bracket, guyed wires will be required as well. The bracketed tower sits on top of a small concrete brick for stability, and may require a brace midway between the brick base and the top fascia mount for added stability at the top of the tower. Cost of the bracketed tower: $200 / 10′ straight section or top section & mast, $200 for materials and labour. Example: 47′ required, 3 straight, 1 top required, 4 sections x $200/section is $800, plus $200 for installation. If guyed wires are required due to the height of the tower past the tallest mounting point on the house, an additional fee will be added, depending on the layout.
Free Standing Tower – $3295 – $3995
The most expensive, but by far the most visually pleasing, a one time investment on a free standing tower is our recommendation. It can be between 40′ and 75′, and requires a concrete pad at the bottom. Free standing are also able to be placed anywhere, they do not have to be beside the house as the bracketed towers do. Standard heights: 52′ (incl 6′ mast, 58′ total) is $3795, 60′ (incl 6′ mast, 66′ total) is $3995.
Point to Point Wireless Link – $300/connection point
If a network connection is required to connect multiple locations that are not connectable by physical cabling (such as a span of 300′ or more), a wireless bridge (point to point link) can be used. Wireless bridges act as a network cable would, connecting buildings at distances up to a mile or more and allowing them to share a private or public network. Point-to-point links can connect multiple commercial buildings, farm buildings, or even allow for neighbours share an internet feed between two houses. Point to Point costs are based on each connection point, as the cost is based on the labour, hardware, and radio cost for installation. This per-end pricing allows you to connect multiple locations if desired, with the most common connection being two buildings for a $600 total cost. Line of sight between the buildings is required to ensure the connection will remain at the quality level expected.