OK, this is not in any way Civil 3D related, not Autodesk related, not even CAD related. Since I know a LOT of our readers are true geeks at heart, I’m begging for help here.
Those of you who know me know that I live in the middle of nowhere. It’s nice to sit on 100 acres of pristine forest land and have a house that’s paid for, but living in the country has it’s downfalls. One of those things is the fact that I cannot get traditional broadband internet resources here. Cable internet comes within 1.5 miles of me on both sides, and DSL is out of the question. Heck, they don’t even have ISDN available.
I’ve considered a few options. Satellite internet is one, but I’m afraid that the performance will never outweigh the immense costs (for business type accounts, we’re looking at the $150-$250 per month range, and I’ve heard that speeds RARELY get up to what’s promised.) I don’t really like the idea anyway, because part of my desires for broadband require VoIP and VPN. Neither work well over a satellite connection.
My second option was a cellular aircard. I’m sitting on my front porch now typing on the laptop, because the **** thing won’t pick up in my house. Not only that, but I’m apparently out of the Sprint EV-DO highspeed network area, because I’m connected at a blazing 115 kbps rather than the 2 MBps that the box promised. Luckily, this is a demo card….even with a cell repeater at the house, that’s only going to be twice as fast as dialup.
Third, and what Nick is trying to convince me of, is WIMAX. For those of you who don’t know, that’s similar to WiFi, only over longer distances. Now, thanks to Civil 3D, I do know a few things that MIGHT make this work – I’ve got an access point 2.7 miles from my house – it’s the local fire department (I’m the chief, so I can do what I want). It has cable internet access and a 60′ tower. Now, as I said, using Civil 3D and some freely downloadable DEM files and a few quad maps, I’ve found that from the top of the tower to the ground at my house is a straight line of sight with no hills in the way or buildings. I’m thinking it could work, but it’s a lot of money to spend on something that MIGHT work.
So, faithful reader, I’m calling to you here. Have any of you tackled a problem such as mine before? If so, how, and what were your results? Anyone tried the WIMAX option? How hard is it to set up?
OK, there’s my plea. I’ll take any and all ideas via email or comment….