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1000 Mbps Internet

Community Broadband Project

B4RN IGb/s Internet Connectivity is getting closer, step by step ..

The B4MS Community Broadband Project will bring B4RN FTTP (fibre to the premises) connectivity to The Hyning Estate offering a gigabit symmetrical connection (1000Mbps).

Foundation work for the Grayrigg B4RN cabinet

DWN Grayrigg Cab

Work finally started on the Grayrigg B4RN cabinet on 19th October - the actual cabinet is expected in 3-4 weeks and we are hopeful they may reach the Hyning Estate by Christmas.

Meanwhile at The Hyning Estate ..

The enclosures that will carry the fragile fibre (that you can see in the third photo) are now in place both inside and outside The Estate Office and we now await the trenching machines ...

B4RN External Enclosure

B4RN Internal Enclosure

B4RN Internal Enclosure (showing fibres)

The new connection will offer guests lightning-fast connectivity but in order to make full use of this we may also upgrade the WiFi in each of the Guest Properties and are therefore testing new WiFi-6 meshed access points which would be connected by 1Gb/s ethernet cables linked back to layer 2 switches to provide a seamless WiFi mesh with a capacity of up to 1.2Gb/s and managed client transfer between nodes.

The unique architecture of the Hyning Estate (thick stone walls, concrete upper floors and foil-backed insulation is proving a challenge and we don't want to trade speed for reliability but in any event the new throughput will be many times faster.

WiFi Test

The B4MS Community Project (Broadband for the Mint and Sprint), which began digging in July 2018 was in two phases the first (now complete) to the West of the River Mint (taking in the whole of Longsleddale) and the second to the East of the River Mint which includes The Hyning Estate.

DWN Ookla

The second phase was delayed due to problems finding a community location for the communications cabinet (with contractor access and power) and then by COVID but these issues have been resolved and digging will restart soon..

Longsleddale B4MS Thank-you Cake

The new service is being provided by Broadband for the Rural North Ltd or ‘B4RN’ which was launched in December 2011 by a local volunteer group led by industry expert Barry Forde. Registered as a community benefit society with the FSA (under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965) it can never be bought by a commercial operator and its profits can only be distributed to the community.

Barry Forde’s background as an industry leading UK specialist in networking, particularly wide area fibre networks, means B4RN is professionally designed to world class standards; fast, resilient, expandable and futureproof. Chris Conder and Lindsey Annison as founding members of the team brought experience from other local community wireless mesh and fibre networks. Monica Lee brought management skills, and so B4RN was born. In 2015 both Barry and Chris were included on the Queen’s Honours list and awarded MBEs.