|Free Space Optical Services
NetStar Technologies' Free
Space Optical (FSO) Services uses invisible beams of light to provide line-of-site
optical bandwidth connections that can send and receive voice, video, and
data information. The service is capable of sending up to 1.25 Gbps of
data, voice, and video communications simultaneously through the air enabling
fiber optic connectivity at the speed of light without requiring physical
fiber optic cable.
How it Works
Originally developed by the
military and NASA, FSO technology is surprisingly simple. It's based on
connectivity between FSO-based optical wireless units, each consisting
of an optical transceiver with a transmitter and a receiver to provide
full-duplex (bi-directional) capability. Each optical wireless unit uses
an optical source, plus a lens or telescope that transmits light through
the atmosphere to another lens receiving the information. At this point,
the receiving lens or telescope connects to a high sensitivity receiver
via optical fiber. This FSO technology has a number of advantages:
NetStar's FSO optical wireless
products are designed and engineered to work in any network topology, including
point-to-point, mesh, point-to-multipoint, and ring with spurs. This simple
approach provides Enterprises and Mobile Carriers the ability to easily
build and extend networks that deliver fiber optic speeds. NetStar's FSO-based
products enable cost-effective deployment and the highest throughput with
same day connections possible from roof-to-roof, roof-to-window and window-to-window
- all without tearing up streets and sidewalks.
Requires no RF spectrum licensing.
Is easily upgradeable.
Open Interfaces support equipment
from a variety of vendors which helps enterprises and service providers
protect their investment in embedded telecommunications infrastructures.
Requires no security software
Is immune to radio frequency
interference or saturation.
Can be deployed behind windows,
eliminating the need for costly rooftop rights.
Enterprise and wireless service
provider markets share a common challenge of addressing escalating need
for improved communications infrastructure to accommodate new levels of
network traffic while meeting the ever pressing business demands for greater
operational efficiency. Enterprises and wireless service providers seek
cost-effective, high-speed, point-to-point connectivity solutions
that meet three key network requirements:
FSO outdoor wireless solutions
deliver the optimal balance of these three requirements to provide LAN
backbone connectivity in mission critical enterprise environments and backhaul
applications for wireless service providers.
Free Space Optical Services
Installation of FSO laser
units need to be considered carefully and requires correct planning or
you will be left with an unstable link that will be up and down all the
time. Site surveys are an essential part of the installation procedure
to make sure that the correct equipment is used for a smooth installation.
NetStar Technologies will conduct a Site Feasibility Study to determine
the optimal transmission routes to best meet the customer's networking
requirements. Our personnel will visit all sites, as well as any other
available structures suitable for supporting FSO communications.
At each site the following will be evaluated:
The exact GPS position of each
location will be marked at both ends to work out the exact distance between
the laser heads. This will ensure that the correct size unit is utilized
for the distance. Height of the installation requirements are taken into
consideration and NetStar will advise you if any special site machinery
is required i.e. cherry pickers. In certain circumstances special brackets
will need to be fabricated to allow stable fixings to certain surfaces
or to produce extra height on a building to allow clear line of sight.
These will all be made to specification and manufactured for you.
Line of sight
Existing LAN, video and/or voice
facilities in place (hardware & cable)
FSO unit mount design and location
Cable type, length and routing
Desired location of indoor hardware
Security of the proposed FSO
Within 10 working days of
completing the Site Survey, NetStar Technologies will provide the Site
Survey documentation which will include:
NetStar gives the customers
the option of having us provide a turn-key installation of their FSO wireless
communications system (s) or of saving money by handling portions of the
installation tasks themselves. Tasks include:
Details on where and what is
involved in establishing line of sight between sites and therefore making
the implementation of an FSO wireless link possible.
Review of any issues pertinent
to the implementation of the proposed FSO communications system.
Path reliability calculations
for all proposed links.
Providing and installing suitable
FSO unit mounts.
Providing and installing appropriate
cables between FSO unit and network backbone connection.
Assembly and mounting of FSO
Grounding of equipment.
Alignment of path(s).
Maintenance and Repair
NetStar Technologies develops
maintenance and repair support programs to meet the customer's individual
needs and requirements. Maintenance and repair support program basic offerings
NetStar has maintenance and
repair support contracts to suit every system support requirement. From
RF backup units that will auto fail over in the unlikely event that your
link goes down, to re-installing your current laser systems due to infrastructure
change or a business move, your original supplier is no longer available
to maintain your systems or just does not provide support contracts we
- all equipment that is used in the wireless communication system are fully
warranted for parts and labor against defects in materials and workmanship
at the factory for a period of one year. Extended warranties can
also be purchased.
On-Site Training - provides
for one day on-site training for all interested personnel on the operation,
maintenance, and trouble-shooting of the proposed system.
Systems Support Documentation
- each system sold by us comes with support documentation which clearly
describes the system components and offers complete step by step trouble-shooting
procedures to address most any suspected or actual system failure.
Technical Telephone Support
- three types of technical telephone support contracts are offered
: business hour (M-F, 9am-5pm), extended hour (M-F, 8am-8pm), and 24/7
support 365 days a year.
Annual Maintenance Contracts
- maintenance contracts are developed to meet the customer's specific
needs and budgetary constraints. Please contact us for more information.
NetStar also provides emergency
call out services for customers who have not yet purchased a maintenance
contract, this may due to extreme weather conditions moving the laser unit,
human contact (knocking the unit out of alignment) or disaster recovery
where a link needs to be established immediately.
you would like further information about NetStar Technologies Free Space
Optical products and services, contact NetStar Technologies Sales
at (361) 354-5468.