On the afternoon of Friday July 22nd, 2005, Wirelesscom http://www.wirelesscom.ca , from Sault Ste. Marie was on location at Big Basswood Lake (Cole's Bay Area) to trial-test high speed Internet and perform a one day distribution of signal to various locations on the lake. High Speed Internet was up-and-running by 9:00 PM Friday night.
On Saturday, using wireless technologies, high speed Internet was distributed to several locations on Big Basswood from an antenna / tower located on top of Cressey Hill. Preliminarily results conclude that a maximum distance of less than 1 kilometer to the East and West of Cressey Road were achieved using the technology on hand.
Factors such as a higher than average tree line, thick bush and terrain affected signal distribution. Wirelesscom has indicated a interest in coming back to Big Basswood lake at a future time to further signal test the area using equipment and antennas that will allow for signals to penetrate through thick bush and trees.
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In summary, bringing High Speed Internet from the Satellite to Cole's Bay was a great success, however, redistributing the signal throughout Big Basswood was a challenge.
It was a pleasure to have Wirelesscom take their valuable time to visit Big Basswood Lake. We look forward to future testing on their part, should they be available.