Are there any legal issues with getting a USB/PCI-e LTE adapter for my home router (pfSense box) and building a huge fucking antenna to turn it into a fixed-WISP style client device? I'm thinking of doing this since I have unlimited cell data and Comcast sucks goat vomit through a bendy straw. Picture somewhat related.
"Unlimited cell data" and unlimited cell data are often two very different things. Your connection's gonna get throttled to almost nothing pretty quick unless you have some arcane grandfathered-in plan.
I'm mostly nocturnal so even if I was tethering at line rate for six hours a day it wouldn't cause significant network congestion. I've telecommuted a ten hour shift via tethering before with no throttling. My plan does include unlimited data with no throttling.
>+ £3,000 for a splicer
You do not need Fusion Splicer to terminate a short run of multimode fiber. You don't even need to terminate it yourself; there's plenty of places that will produce custom lengths, pre-terminated. Even silly lengths.
Not that it's better but burial rated shielded cat5e+ isn't hard to order either. It won't shit the bed in the rain. The bigger issue is mitigating lightning damage and cat5/6 doesn't have very good range.
Neither does cheap cat5. You don't even have to go to the good stuff.
There's an outer sheathing that's waterproof, and the individual wires inside have an insulation that is also waterproof. These aren't paper, cotton or oakum insulation from WWII. These are modern plastics.
Just crimp your ends properly. Don't have the jack or end exposed to the outside weather (if you're designing this setup yourself, should be easy to do), and it is entirely weatherproof.
People who make their own underwater ROVs use cat5 for signal even. Although I think they vacuum out the air first.
plastic in normal cat5 is still totally permeable to water. If your running it outside underground you need to get burial rated cableor else that shit is gonna be gone in 5years.
The fuck are splicers (whether 3 or 35k) so expensive anyway? Pre-bought lengths, it's (a) a fucking pain to work it all out in advance + (b) fiber would be a dream to pull.. but not with those fucking godawful connectors. All of them.
Shit could have ruled otherwise, why no cheap china splice, please? Fucks so complicated here at all?
They have two micrometer tier servos, a microscope, a camera, auto alignment software, a battery.
Then you need to write software and do engineering for all that in a tiny tiny market with very little need to replace existing products.
>Picture somewhat related.
An entire legion of my best troops awaits them. It is quite safe from your pitiful little band.
>Fusion splicers run $35k
I work with single mode fibre in my job and can confirm you are talking straight out of your fucking ass. We buy brand new Fujikura 12S splicers (Nice splicers btw) for all of $3000NZD.
You could probably grab a second hand one for all of 1.5-2k.
Splicer prices are dropping like a rock friend, it's just a bit niche at the moment. Once they hit sub 1k, expect to start seeing single mode EVERYWHERE. It's dirt cheap and like you say, fucking so easy to pull. You can bang a connectorised piece of fibre on the end in all of 5 minutes if you aren't totally shit at splicing.
>Comcast sucks goat vomit through a bendy straw
I used to think that. Then I learned the proper way to "bitch them out". I've had them retroactively refund me for 5 months of receiving less than the 25 Mbps I paid for, come install a brand new cable line and amplifier free of charge, come back out to install cable television with no $50 installation fee, and had them honor a 6 month old promotion for 75Mbps+Digital Starter.
You've got to learn how to deal with them.