Fixing a Breakdown in nbn Connectivity

Narrabri Breakdown Services – Fixing a Breakdown in nbn Connectivity

Business Profile

Narrabri Breakdown Service is a small regional business based in the small town of Narrabri NSW, 521km from Sydney with a population of around 6,000.  Julie and her partner operate the Breakdown Service from a home office and via a workshop on their property.

Like many rural and regional businesses, they suffer from poor connectivity in general but specifically unreliable connection via NBN Satellite.  Connectivity was getting so bad that even logging onto the Satellite was a problem, often bringing their business to a standstill.

fixing nbn satellite

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-02/sky-muster-service-massively-improved-in-rural-areas-nbn-says/8488884

Business Needs

Brenton Roy, Powertec Northern NSW Sales Manager was speaking with one of his clients when they asked him to consult with Julie to come up with a solution for the NBN Satellite service problems she was experiencing within their home business.

After an initial meeting to review the site and the client problems, Brenton did an online survey of the address to work out whether a cellular option would be a good alternative for them.  Optus was the business carrier so the survey reviewed the business location and the Optus towers in the area to define whether the signal was sufficient to proceed down this path.

The Cellular signal report (below) shows perfect line of sight with only 3.32km to tower, although aim back (broadcast direction of tower) was ‘Weak’ because it was under 5kms.  Brenton recommended the Wideband Yagi to achieve a quality connection. Before progressing on a set-up like this you would normally look for a ‘Good’ or ‘Strong’ aim back. But after consulting with Powertec Technical Head, Brenton and he both they felt that the close distance, in combination with the right antenna would ensure there would be no issues.  Powertec provided a money back guarantee to the client that the install would be successful.

signal

 

 

 Product/s Used

  •  Robustel R2000-4L V2 Wifi 3G/4G Router Cat 4

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. This product is also for those that want an industrial 3G/4G modem for an internet connection, that can handle higher temperatures and robust applications.  Supports the new 4GX / 700Mhz band (B28)

  • Altai C1n Access Point 2.4GHz

The Altai C1n Access Point is designed to increase WiFi signal strength (transmission and reception) as well as the client’s throughput.

±45° dual slant patch antennas are optimised … so it provides 3 dB more gain as compared to other V/H polarized CPEs. The high performance antenna with 20 dB front-to back ratio, is on average 5 dB better than others in directional transmission without picking up unwanted signal.

coverage area

 

 

 

 

  • Blackhawk Wideband LPDA Antenna 698 – 2700 MHz 8/9 dBi (ANT-BH-YG-300)

All Blackhawk Antennas come with a 5-year warranty. The Blackhawk wideband antenna is a fantastic little antenna providing good performance with a lightweight, low cost design. There’s plenty of situations where a big, solid metal antenna is necessary, but also plenty where something quick and small can be just as useful. This antenna is great for areas where indoor signal is weak, and only a simple antenna on the roof is enough to give a fantastic improvement.

The Solution

The solution was cost effective and easy to set up.

The final products used consisted of an Optus Mobile Broadband sim in a Robustel R2000 V2 router with a Blackhawk Wideband Yagi positioned on the roof of their workshop and pointed at the Optus tower to receive the cellular signal. This set up achieved 40mbps consistent download and 20mbps consistent upload speeds.   The router is receiving 5 bars of Optus 4G+ signal.

The signal was then broadcast across specific areas of their property using an Altai C1n Access point.  This meant that they were now working with a full Wi-Fi signal throughout the house and surrounds.

 Expected Wi-Fi Broadcast Zone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commentary

Where once they struggled to log in online, now the process is instant.

The system is working so well, Julie and her partner are reviewing whether to add another Altai C1n Access Point to broadcast the signal in the opposite direction where they work on their vehicles to enable them to log work without going back into the office.

The client has also completely discarded satellite services as the new solution has not dropped below 30mbps download at any point and is 100% reliable.

For more information on mobile and Wi-Fi solutions, please contact Powertec WiFi on [email protected]

Gundy – a Switched on Smart City

Quinnell says early Council feedback has shown local businesses will embrace the approach. “We expect that as our local businesses embrace mobile marketing and advertising, they will utilise this technology to get more people into the main street and their shops.”

Business Profile

Goondiwindi is a little Australian town with a population just over 5,500 people, situated on the MacIntyre River in Queensland near the NSW border, 350km South West of the State capital Brisbane.  Affectionately known as “Gundy”, it is the centre for a busy farming community, producing a diverse range of crops from cotton, wool and beef to corn, wheat and barley.

For such a small town it is now punching well above its weight and leading the way in the Switched On Smart City revolution with the introduction of Free Wi-Fi on the Main Street in 2016. The initial pilot project was set up in Gundy over Christmas 2015 to enable testing of the full range and load capacity during the busy shopping period. Satisfactory testing completed, there is full roll-out currently expanding into neighbouring Inglewood and Texas.

Local communications experts Goondiwindi Communications partnered with the Council in setting up the Wi-Fi network

Business Needs/Solution

City free Wi-Fi was a major objective of the local Council’s long term plan to make the Central Business District a more vibrant and active meeting place.

Welcoming the move is Director of “Goondiwindi Plus More” Laurie Ward, “I congratulate the Council for its forward thinking efforts and I look forward to the team finalising the Goondi project and moving onto Inglewood and Texas …in the New Year.”

Product/s Usedswitched on Smart City

2 x A2 – The Altai A2 is a powerful access point/bridge solution with an integrated 5GHz backhaul radio and antenna, designed for micro WiFi coverage and high throughput PTP/PTMP bridging. It is a simple to deploy solution for remote micro coverage with integrated backhaul.

C1an & C1xan – are high performance Customer Premises Equipment, designed to increase WiFi signal strength (transmission and reception) as well as the client’s throughput.

AltaiCare – is the online access and service control, content management and big data analysis software.

Testimonial/Commentary

Director of Council Corporate Services Jason Quinnell says “Trent Murray and the team have worked hard to get the pilot up and

WiFi User Login
WiFi User Login

running for the Christmas period so that we could test its range and load capacity during the busy shopping period,”

Director of Goondiwindi Plus More Laurie Ward said “The new service allows people to access their emails, check in regularly with Goondiwindi Plus More and to browse websites without using their mobile data allowances.”

Source: http://goondiwindiplusmore.com.au/goondiwindis-main-street-goes-live/

For more information on this project please contact Trent Murray, communications expert for Goondiwindi Communications who specialise in business communications in the larger Goondiwindi area (covering Sunshine Coast including Brisbane QLD and Northern NSW) Tel: 07 4671 3641 [email protected]

Contact Us Today about your Switched on Smart City Wi-Fi Options

Powertec have access to a number of installers across Australia who specialise in switched on smart city and outdoor Wi-Fi installations. For a referral to a local expert on mobile and wi-fi solutions in your area, please contact us at Powertec on 07 5577 0500 or [email protected]


Please prove you are human by selecting the Truck.

Wireless Farm Management System

Automation of the World’s Biggest Egg Producer

Application: Wireless Farm Management System

Products used: Altai A8n and A2

The Challenge: Large area coverage including indoor and open areas; Challenging indoor environments with moving trucks, forklifts and metallic racks which can affect Wi-Fi signals and network coverage; Reliable and always available connectivity is critical.

wireless farm management system

Result: The Altai Super WiFi Solution was deployed to replace the existing Ruckus/Meraki network. The new wireless network covers both indoor and outdoor areas including poultry houses, layer hatchery facility, packing station and the open areas. All the facilities are now managed through the new wireless network without any network downtime or interruption.

Overview – Wireless Farm Management System

With 30 million laying hens and the largest layer hatchery facility in Mexico, the company is one of the biggest egg producers in the world. In order to maintain high efficiency egg production, the plant is fully automated with a modern inline egg grading and packing facility. Owing to the size of the production plant, wireless networking is used to connect the poultry houses, production lines and warehouses.

Large amounts of real-time data are transmitted through the wireless network and many of the systems are managed seamlessly through the network, however, the existing wireless broadband network does not live up to expectations. Poor connections, high latency and limited signal coverage have decreased the overall efficiency.

In order to improve the situation, the company appointed a leading distributor in Latin America to resolve the issues. Partnering with a local system integrator, Altai’s Super WiFi Solution was proposed to replace the existing Ruckus/ Meraki wireless network.

The Altai Super WiFi Solution was chosen by the company due to its super long range, low latency and superior performance. The new network has provided very stable and high performance wireless connectivity resulting in greatly enhanced production efficiency.wireless farm management system

The Solution

In order to provide full coverage in the open areas, Altai A8n base stations were installed on the rooftops of buildings to provide Wi-Fi coverage over long distances.  The multiple antennas of the A8n can be configured to provide coverage that is optimised for a given area in both pattern and elevation. Its multi-beam antennas can provide up to 3 times the range and 10 times the per site coverage as standard access points.

For relatively smaller coverage such as the indoor areas of the poultry houses, warehouses and packing stations, the Altai A2 access point provides a cost-effective solution for creating simple and efficient 1 to 3 master-slave cluster systems.

The Result

The Altai Super WiFi network provides a stable and high performance wireless network for the wireless farm management system.  Applications like a wireless sensor network, truck weighing, goods tracking, wireless surveillance system can now be fully operated without worrying about the stability of wireless network.

Solar Powered Wi-Fi – Say Bull to the Data Drought

Overview – Solar Powered Wi-Fi

Much like a kennel, a cattle feedlot is a managed facility where livestock are provided a balanced and nutritious diet for the purpose of producing beef of a consistent quality and quantity.

Cattle are generally taken to feedlots for two main reasons – Australia’s dry seasons and/or dry years resulting in pastures that have insufficient nutritional value; and customers demand for grain fed beef.

Queensland is the largest state in terms of cattle numbers on feed at approximately 60% of cattle numbers utilising this service (followed by NSW with 30%, and Victoria with 7%).

Business Profile

The Maidenwell Feedlot can hold 5350 standard cattle units (SCU) and is located on a 337-hectare (831 acre) property 7km from Maidenvale, and about 100km from both Toowoomba and Dalby in Queensland.

Like many farming communities, the data drought has affected this Feedlot with the lack of a robust wi-fi connection, limiting their ability to take advantage of any technological improvements brought about from connectivity.

The NBN has recently come to the area but stopped frustratingly short of this business being able to directly access it.

Business Needs

The business could not get any Wi-Fi signal at the house to be able to run their office and normal household internet requirements.

The owner of the Maidenwell Feedlot contacted telecommunications expert Mark Moore, Principal of Moore Things Audio Visual to see if they could access the NBN via other methods.Themaidenhillfeedlot2

Mark suggested that he install a Point to Point solar powered Wi-Fi bridge connection from the NBN to the farm house.

Solution/Product/s Used

  • 2 x Altai C1an – the Altai SuperWifi CPE/AP is an essential component used to extend outdoor Wi-Fi coverage into indoor areas for broadband connectivity. The Altai C1an employs patented smart signal processing algorithms and antenna design to increase WiFi signal strength (transmit and receive) by as much as 16 dB*. It can be installed exactly where the throughput is required to boost up and provides greater flexibility and cost savings to WiFi deployments. The Altai C1n also uses less power than alternative products which is of great importance when using solar power as it the situation for this case study.
  • 300 watt solar panel
  • 12VDC 120ah battery
  • 300w  pure sinewave inverter to power the NBN connectionThemaidenhillfeedlot3

(* in areas covered by an A8n Super WiFi Base Station or A2 WiFi Access Point.)


e91b65acd2e9bf65cb17d828bb3da2ab

Business Benefits

With the Wi-Fi connection working successfully, the Feedlot now have options and are able to start reviewing how to progress their business via online methods.

Stage 2 comprises building on the current Point to Point set up to include water monitoring of the dams, weather station monitoring and the addition of security cameras.

Contact Us Today about your Solar Powered Wi-Fi Options

This installation was undertaken by PowertecWifi Partner Mark Moore from Moore Things Audio Visual based in Nanango Qld 4615. To ask Mark for more information you can contact him by email on [email protected]  or by phone on 07 4163 1948.

Powertec have access to a number of installers across Australia who specialise in Wi-Fi installations including extending the NBN signal. For a referral to a local expert on mobile and wi-fi solutions in your area, please contact us at Powertec. 07 5577 0500 or [email protected]


Please prove you are human by selecting the Heart.

Goodbye cellular data. Welcome NBN!

NBN Fixed Wireless – Rural Application

The need for high speed internet for regional agricultural based business is critical, not only for the running of the property but also for use of residents, family and staff, from social to educational purposes. Just some of the vast range of digital technologies already in use within Australia including online education, tracking devices, remote management, monitoring of machinery/livestock, security cameras, management of websites etc.

There are long term savings and undeniable benefits to be made by taking advantage of internet connection – benefits that will allow your business to become more efficient, prosper and grow.

Business Profile

This Homestead is well known to those in the industry as a top flight breeder of Bulls specialising in artificial breeding.  The farm lies around 80km Southwest of Brisbane in the Beaudesert region.

Business Needs

Previously the only internet available on the property apart from patchy mobile coverage, was via cattle
a cellular router connected back to the main homestead via a low end point to point bridge. This solution was both expensive and unreliable.

A dwelling on the property was deemed suitable for the NBN fixed wireless service. The only problem being that the NBN access was 4 kilometres away from where the internet was required – with a number of hills and obstacles in the way.

Solution

Rural NBN Case Study Map

After a site survey, the solution was easy but required a combination of the NBN fixed wireless, multiple point to point wireless bridges, solar powered poles for clearing hills at relay points and long range wifi access points for ground coverage in and around the homestead, office, labs and sale yards.

The installation was designed and co-ordinated by AETV Systems in conjunction with Powertec engineers. Special allowances were made for 2 x solar 10 meter powered poles with sufficient battery backup to operate for a number of days without sunshine. The incumbent cellular router is on standby in the event of an outage with the NBN or any of the relay points relying on solar/battery.

The installation was completed in 3 days.

Product/s Used

  • 4 x C1xan with 5GHz 20dBi panel antennas – longer distance bridges
  • 4 x C1an – short distance bridges
  • 4 x C1n – long range WiFi access

RuralApplicationNBNFixedWireless

Business Benefits/Solution

All buildings on the property are now linked via a high speed, low latency wireless network and enjoy the benefits of the NBN fixed wireless service. (The finance department are no longer receiving huge monthly cellular data charges for unreliable internet access. Happy management, happy staff and happy residents = a very happy business.) Further locations and access can be added at any time.

nin4

nin3NBN

nin5

Powertec have access to a number of installers across Australia who specialise in extending the NBN signal. For a referral to a local expert on mobile and wi-fi solutions in your area, please contact us at Powertec. 07 5577 0500 or [email protected]


Please prove you are human by selecting the Truck.

Farm wifi

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.

Farm Wifi

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 UsedAltai Farm Wifi

  • 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.