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Agriculture & Farming

CEL-FI GO for Regional Connectivity

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Using CEL-FI GO for Regional Connectivity

It is a recognised fact that regional areas need connectivity to compete in a networked world and to improve business opportunities.  Some of the problems around remote areas are caused by limited (or no) mobile coverage, so improving coverage with either fixed line data, cellular or satellite is one way to ensure rural business’ can grow and take advantage of opportunities.

Communications experts can be the key to driving rural growth as they have the knowledge to utilise and even expand the options available.  If you are thousands of km’s from the nearest town, with no chance of NBN and the closest mobile signal just limps through your door – the best way forward is to speak to one of our experts to see what they can do for you.  Read more to see what the local Goondiwindi communications expert installed in this study.

Business Profile/Needs

A Cattle Business 40kms West of Goondiwindi in QLD, wanted to automate their operation to save double handling, data re-entry and human error as well as providing information to decision makers for real time decision making.  They wanted to capture data straight from the cattle in the crush and load the information directly onto the main server located 40km away.

With no mains power in the cattle yards a solar powered installation to improve cellular and data coverage was the only solution.

Product/s Used

A Solar Installation was designed including a battery in a metal enclosure and the following products:

CEL-FI GO – CEL-FI GO Stationary Repeater has been tested, authorised and approved by Telstra for use on the Telstra Mobile Network. It is a one box indoor coverage solution for Telstra’s Next G® and 4GX networks operating on 3G 850Mhz or 4G 700/1800 bands (one band at a time). It is designed to dramatically boost voice quality and increase data speeds.

Robustel R2000 V2 – Supporting the new 4GX/700Mhz band (B28), the Robustel GoRugged R2000 V2 with Wi-Fi is a rugged 2G/3G/4G router offering state-of-the-art mobile connectivity for machine to machine (M2M) applications. Also for those that want an industrial 3G/4G modem for an internet connection, that can handle higher temperatures and robust applications.

The Solution

The Solar Installation system provided the client with  2.4Ghz Wifi Access using the Robustel R2000 V2 via the Telstra 4GX Network using a Yagi Antenna.  Current speeds achieved –  30Mbps+ Download and 10Mbps+ upload.

A CEL-FI GO was positioned inside the box and locked to the Telstra 3G Network to provide better mobile coverage for everyone on the Telstra network in the cattle yards.

A Blackhawk M2M Puck Antenna was used as the output antenna for voice calls (3G) and Wifi (2.4Ghz) which simplified the system.  Separation is achieved by mounting the antenna on the underside of the metal enclosure.

Inside the box there is a USB to micro USB lead, as well as a micro USB to lightning adaptor to enable charging of all popular mobile phones.  It also has a 150W inverter that can be plugged into a cigarette socket under the box. This is used for charging a laptop.  The other cigarette sockets are used to power the RFID scanners and other devices used at the cattle yards.


“Trent from Goondiwindi communications installed Wi-Fi and cable router for internet connectivity at the cattle yards enabling us to use new software. They also supplied us with a solar power set up with a charging point for laptops and other devices needed. The work was done quickly and they came up with solutions for all the issues. The setup is efficient and has allowed us to move forward with new technology which in turn improves productivity.”  RMI PT Limited

Contact Us Today about your Communications Options

This Solar Wi-Fi Installation was undertaken by Trent Murray, communications expert for Goondiwindi Communications who specialise in business communications in the larger Goondiwindi area.

For more information on this install or other requirements you can contact Trent Murray, trent@gdicomms.com.au or call 07 4671 3641.

For a referral to a local expert on mobile and wi-fi solutions in your area, please contact us HERE or email sales@powertec.com.au.

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