What is a Wireless ISP?
Wireless ISP or "WISP" is the Town of Princeton’s internet service. Due to it’s rural area and extensive history, major internet service providers such as Comcast and Verizon do not offer internet service to the town. The Princeton Municipal Light Department took on the endeavor of bringing internet service to the town in 2006. As of July 2011, Ayacht Technology Solutions has taken over the management of this network.
It is our goal to provide a more reliable and better performing system. Ayacht has a long history of network improvement, specializing in the wireless field. Please visit this page frequently for updates and read our Residential Acceptable Use/Terms & Conditions or Business Internet Services Agreement/Acceptable Use Policy for more details on our service.
How it Works?
Internet service is delivered through MBI Fiber to the top of Mount Wachusett using a wireless point to point system. From there, signal is sent to each of the 21 active fiberglass poles in town using a point to multipoint system. Each active user home or business has a wireless system that connects to their local pole.
NextGEN Upgrade 2016
During the summer of 2014 ATS started to review and pilot new wireless manufacturer systems in anticipation of replacing the current system if fiber was not going to be delivered. We installed several pilot systems during 2015 and tested the performance in the true environment. This was the only true way to see if the manufacturer's marketing hype lived up to the true performance. It took some time and patient testers to narrow it down to a couple of vendors. We also have decided to use several frequencies with will increase our capacity over the monolithic system that is in place today. The "WISP" network consists of wireless equipment running on a variety of frequencies. The network uses the 900 MHz, 2.4 GHz and 3.65 GHz frequencies with a 3.65 GHz and 5.8 GHz backbone.
In 2015 we started the process of replacing the entire network from the top to the bottom literally. A timeline of the progress so far is below:
- June 2015 - Upgraded backbone and Internet links to provide unlimited future bandwidth availability.
- June to December 2015 - Field testing of new candidate systems.
- January/February 2016 - New billing system installation and migration.
- March - May 2016 - Final pilot testing and user feedback reporting of 2 manufacturer finalists.
- June to August 2016 - Deployment of new equipment on several poles.
For More Information
If you are interested in getting this service where you live please call us at 855-779-7970 Extension 1205 and follow the prompts to the Princeton Internet New Customer line to speak with a representative who will answer all of your questions.
For phone support Monday through Friday except holidays please call us at 855-779-7970 and follow the prompts for the Princeton Customer Support line to speak with a representative who will answer all of your questions. You can also email us at WISP@ayacht.com.