Thyme to Spice up Your Farm WiFi – Point to Point Solution

Point to Point Farm WiFi Solution

Coolibah Herbs started in the early 1980’s in Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia. It began life selling vegetables and herbs from a 45 acre farm directly to the local markets.

From this humble start, Coolibah Herbs has grown in size to over 2000 acres, supplying major markets and restaurants of Melbourne and Sydney, plus extending their customer base overseas.

Business Needs

To support the growth of the business, Coolibah needed to improve business communication and extend Wi-Fi from one end of the property to the other – roughly a distance of 5-6km. To do this multiple bridges were utilised. The only internet service on the property was from an EoC Symmetrical 7mb Internet Service at the main Administration Block. A number of point to point data links were the perfect solution.

Farm WiFi Solution

To provide maximum Wi-Fi coverage, Altai SuperWifi products including 2 x C1an in bridge mode, one in the main Administration Block and the other in the Farm House/Nursery at the bottom of the property, were utilised. A further 2 x C1an’s were used to skip the signal another 50m across to the farm house.

For Wi-Fi coverage in both areas 5 X C1n’s were used as 2.4Ghz access points. The coverage is complete and there is no speed loss, up or down, at the remote site.

Bridge 1 & 2:

The aim of this bridge was to extend this signal to the Farm House and Nursery Block, to the North of the Administration block to poll Time clocks and stream Security camera footage as well as to provide network access to staff.

Bridge 3:

Network access was also required in the Agronomy department to the south, situated in another house approximately 150m from the Admin block. Underground cable was not possible so a 5Ghz bridge was set up using 2 x C1an’s. For Wi-Fi access a C1n was used. Again there is no loss of speed at the remote end.

Bridge 4:

The mechanics who work on the farm machinery utilise diagnostic tools requiring network access. Once again 2 x C1an’s were used to provide the bridge, and 2 x C1n’s were used to provide Wi-Fi access in what is a large and cluttered area. No loss experienced here either.

Bridge 5:

A second farm approximately 3.2 km east in direct line of sight had no internet access. In order to allow admin to Poll Time clocks, provide network access and stream live security footage, another 2 X C1an’s were used to provide the bridge and a further 2 X C1n’s were used to provide Wi-Fi access. Some upload speed loss is experienced at this remote end however download speed is unaffected.

At all locations, the C1n’s were installed to extend Wi-Fi coverage to the areas around the buildings. To supply mobile data a Robustel R3000 4L LTE Wi-Fi modem was utilised.

Products Used

  • 10 x C1an Altai SuperWifi CPE/AP (Customer Premises Equipment/Access Point) is an essential component used to extend outdoor Wi-Fi coverage in 5 GHz band
  • 11 x C1n Altai SuperWifi CPE/AP is used to extend outdoor Wi-Fi coverage into indoor areas for broadband connectivity
  • 1 x Robustel R3000 4L LTE Wi-fi modem – a rugged 2G/3G/4G router offering state-of-the-art mobile connectivity and Wi-Fi for machine to machine (M2M) applications.

Testimonial/Commentary

With the ability to use Wi-Fi across the necessary parts of their property, Coolibah Herbs is now set to take control of their next growth phase.

“This bridge is …outstanding!!” Brett Davies, Principal Byte Back Solutions.

The bridges are very stable and show no loss over the shorter distances. There is some loss over the 3.2km bridge however due to the environmental factors (tin sheds, trees etc in the way) this is still the best possible outcome and is very usable by a happy client.

This installation was undertaken by PowertecWifi Partner Brett Davies from Byte Back Solutions in Boxhill South VIC 3129. To ask Brett for more information you can contact him by email on [email protected] or by phone on 0411 66 22 55.

Alternatively, contact Powertec for the contact details of a trained Wi-Fi supplier in your area.

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