The Alcatel-Lucent 9500 Microwave Packet Radio (MPR) is one of the best microwave radios on the market, enabling smooth transformation of backhaul networks from TDM to IP and providing a very efficient transport medium for multimedia traffic. However, since Ethernet radios are becoming more commonplace, it's important to keep the legacy 9500 MPR up and running at optimal performance. Radio techs are being trained to handle more technical challenges, mostly in telecommunications but also in handling microwave radios since, currently, that requires the presence of an expensive specialist. To keep your costs low and become more familiar with the 9500 MPR, it's best to get an idea of how the device works.
Alcatel-Lucent 9500 Microwave Packet Radio
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Ethernet technology had the foresight to hybridize the technology to the original TDM matrix so that companies didn't have to grow faster than their means to maintain their business. The Alcatel-Lucent 9500 MPR has that same hybridization which is why it's held its; position as a long-life hardware upgrade for small and large businesses alike.
The 9500 MPR integrates aggregate data packing to optimize system upgrades from older networks to more modern Ethernet networking. To cut back on field repairs, the 9500 MPR has monitors that alert it to any data losses, electrical disruptions and weather anomalies that may damage the electronics. This does not replace field repairs, as like all microwave radios, it's required. However, with the knowledge of the basics of microwave radio repair, those field issues can be a snap. In the case of extensive repair work, it's best to call in an expert certified to handle the 9500 MPR.
The 9500 MPR has some of the most advanced, upgraded software on the market and that can be downloaded by a qualified IT staff. If the device was purchased through a third party servicer, it'll be easier to let them handle the upgrades, to preserve the system's integrity. It's important to pay attention to the required maintenance upgrades for obsolete operating software (which slows down your system) and maintaining the interoperability with support equipment (to prevent data from being compromised).
Check the User Manual
The 9500 MPR also has a dummy line that is used to test out upgraded software for reliability and corruption; this is outlined in the user's manual. When software repairs are needed, always test the upgraded software on the dummy line to prevent further data corruption problems down the road.
Perform Regular Maintenance Checks
The 9500 MPR's life cycle can be extended through regular maintenance checks, on site, of the receiver, transmitter and the antenna system. Best practices include monitoring the MPR's generators for the MPR, fencing the radio off from outside tampering, camera monitoring, security alarms and protection from the elements. It's also good to have spare equipment or parts around to make maintenance easier and less costly.
Maintain a Network Checklist
Lastly, maintaining a networking checklist keeps tabs on the MPR throughout its use. This will make any support work and equipment and software implementation easier and faster. The checklist should include:
- Performing monthly manual switchovers to test the microwave transmitters. Do the same for the physical systems and batteries to make sure nothing was missed.
- Making sure the support equipment is rated for heavy weather conditions just in case the radio's location isn't easily accessible.
- Maintain a weather checklist so any support equipment can be inspected and replaced as needed.
- Perform bimonthly checks on the active and redundant systems to maintain response and recovery times during an outage.
If you're in a bind when it comes to repairing your 9500 MPR system, seek the help of a third party vendor like Single Source Communications.