The StarLink license-free band is a versatile wireless point-to-point IP backhaul solution. 17GHz is a high capacity frequency in the microwave range that allows businesses that employ this level of technology to experience fiber-levels of performance and latency. StarLink 17GHz is a carrier-grade IP radio available in the 17GHz license-free band, enabling an interference-free alternative to traditional ISM band radios.
The Starlink 17GHz offers a guaranteed service Point to Point solution, much like Fiber does with performance in excess of 100Mbps over distances up to 10km (**), with sub 1ms latency even during inclement weather, once setup correctly.
Optimized for cost-effective Ethernet IP backhaul, the StarLink provides up to 400 Mbps full duplex throughput with extremely low latency. The capacity and channel bandwidth are software adjustable between 14 and 56 MHz with hitless adaptive modulation from QPSK to 1024QAM. The StarLink is designed to meet service providers’ stringent requirements for a high capacity, low cost of ownership carrier-grade backhaul solution.
How is 17GHz better than 5GHz
As the 2.4GHz spectrum “filled” up with overuse so has the 5GHz spectrum. 5GHz offers much improved performance but with its limitations. Point-to-Multipoint solutions have created a dense map of users “crossing” other wireless networks to their breakout. 17GHz is a point to point only solution, the frequency is much higher and thus the beam-width is many factors smaller and more direct.
Interference is no longer an issue as with 5GHz. Your 17GHz link operates in a small channel of spectrum at a managed power output that all providers are governed by.
17GHz will also not go the way as 5GHz has gone with a Spectrum Flood – it is a specific product to increase backhaul between two nodes – a last mile to a client and a private solution to a Disaster Recovery center or satellite office.
How does it compare to other brands
Traditionally 17GHz has been sold as a software licensed product; in other words to get the full use of the product a license is required for each upgrade or step. The Starlink however is not sold in that manner. When purchased, a client will have complete access to full capabilities of the software; no limitations are coded-in that need to be unlocked at a later stage. Only the actual installation environment impacts the performance of the link. A set of variables are looked at namely distance of the link, expected/required uptime and availability of the connection, size of antenna used with the radio. A final item we look at to give accurate link plans are rain patterns for the region to determine the effect on the link during bad weather.