All in the family for bandwidth
by Chris Wilson
A father-and-son team in Ojai is offering an alternative solution
to Ojai's lack of broad bandwidth Internet digital subscriber
They call it WDSL, or wireless digital subscriber link. It's
a service of longtime valley Internet service providers, Wayne
and Robert Maynard of Ojai.net.
The year-old service offers high speed data transmission with
radio waves, antennas and access points currently situated to
service the business districts of the valley.
On the slower information lane, Ojai.net has been providing dial-up
Internet access to the Ojai Valley for nearly a decade. Their
approximately 1,000 modem-using customers pedal onto the information
superhighway at no faster than 56k. An ISDN line, or integrated
services digital network, offers speeds up to 128 k. But the
wireless access offers blazing speeds between 384k and 1.5Mb.
The advantage of the wireless DSL, to businesses, Robert Maynard
said, is the speed of the upload. Some phone-line-based DSL services
limit the speed with which customers can send information, capping
it at, say, 128k, Maynard said. But the digital information that
comes and goes through wireless DSL, is only capped by the speed
of the service chosen.
At the Ojai Valley News, for example, completed newspaper pages,
in digital format, must be sent to the printer near Santa Barbara.
One page, with lots of color, can be up to 30 to 40 megabytes
in size. On the old ISDN line, it could take from 20 minutes
to one hour to send the page to the printer. But with the new
wireless service, files fly through in less than a tenth the
Sometimes when OVN production manager Ed Brooks was sending large
files to the printer in Santa Barbara, there was the potential
for system crashes, he says - especially if he was trying to
do other work on his computer at the same time.
"By cutting time, it reduces the amount of time we wait
for files to be transmitted and allows us to do other work at
the same time.
When deadlines are tight and the day is getting late, sitting
and waiting for a file to upload is the last thing Brooks wants
One drawback to the wireless service at this point is that the
antenna must have a line-of-sight view of one of the access points
situated throughout the valley. The Maynards plan to continue
their expansion. Wireless DSL will soon be available for customers
in Meiners Oaks and the Mira Monte area, Wayne Maynard said.
"Right now we have five access points in Ojai and Oak View,"
son Robert said.
About 40 customers, primarily businesses, have signed on so far
for the service. The first two customers were the city of Ojai
and the Ojai Valley Community Hospital.
To get more information about the services provided by Ojai.net,
surf to their Web site at Ojai.net, or call the office at 649-5862.
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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MAYNARD, left, and son Robert, are the duo behind Ojai.net, with
the new WDSL service.