Matching backhaul and distribution technology to your business needs.
Taking your network from the office to key in-field access areas is the job of a backhaul network. The backhaul network often consists of fiber optics, but can also include Point-to-Point (PTP) wireless technologies. These PTP links provide maximum bandwidth and uptime, along with minimal latency and jitter. They can truly be considered extensions of your office network.
While the backhaul network typically ends at a tower or some other key infrastructure location near the edge of the mobile coverage area, the distribution layer brings your network to the equipment working areas.
Typically reaching from the tower down to remote power stations, or other key locations in the working area, the distribution layer uses a Point-to-MultiPoint (PMP) technology. The distribution network solves several problems, and allows significant scalability. We primarily use PMP products that are based on TDMA protocols. TDMA handles the workload between devices differently from the 802.11 based access of the Client Access layer. TDMA allows a scheduled time slot for each node to talk, removing the network congestion problems inherent to the 802.11 collision domain.
Using PMP, we can offload traffic from the Client Access layer as quickly as possible, onto a highly predictable link, where we can reduce bottle necks and increase throughput. Additionally, high bandwidth items such as in-pit cameras, offices, etc. can be connected directly into the distribution network without impacting the critical Client Access layer.
Depending on the network topology, a meshing infrastructure can also be deployed as part of the distribution layer, offloading Client Access layer traffic and freeing up bandwidth for the mobile clients.