Outdoor Wireless Network Solution for Tourist Spots


The Maldives sits in the Indian Ocean comprising of 26 round atolls made up of more than 1,000 coral islands.  Known for its beaches, it’s a popular place for holidays for those who want to relax and explore the lagoons.

The Problem

While tourists are keen to embrace nature and sit back and destress, they still want to stay connected.  To satisfy the needs of modern day voyagers, the largest telecommunication service provider in Maldives, Dhiraagu, was tasked with the initiative to provide Wi-Fi service across a variety of different tourist spots.

Given that Maldives is one of the world’s most dispersed countries, and most of the tourist attractions are widely open outdoor areas such as beaches, parks and piers, which have very limited sites to set up access points, this task couldn’t be handled by many brand name Wi-Fi suppliers in a cost-effective manner.

The Solution for Outdoor Wireless Networks

In response to Dhiraagu’s appeal, Altai offered Super Wi-Fi solution with Altai patented smart antenna which can support an outdoor Wi-Fi coverage as far as 1.7 km. This long-range coverage allows the project to equip significantly less APs than other competitors’ proposals, suitable for installation in outdoor open areas. The reduced amount of APs also led to a simpler but quicker deployment process and lowered the CAPEX as well as OPEX. Coverage for Altai products typically can provide up to 90% few installation sites for the same coverage area.

The telecom company was amazed by Altai’s unique Wi-Fi technologies and satisfied with the budget.  As a result of a successful installation, more and more locations in Maldives are now being installed with Altai’s APs.

The Product – Altai A8n: Super WiFi Base Station 802.11n Flexible Large Area Outdoor WiFi

The world’s leading 802.11n WiFi outdoor access point optimised for maximum coverage and highest throughput from a  minimum number of installation sites. The Altai A8n has been designed to provide industry best coverage and capacity without complicated networking protocols or the need for a high density of transmitters.

The A8n is a multi-radio base station utilising 8×8 MIMO smart antenna technologies and a patented signal processing algorithm  to provide the industry’s best coverage per base station, especially in non-line-of sight (NLOS) environments. The multiple  antennas of the A8n can be configured to provide coverage that is optimised for area, pattern and elevation. The multi-beam  antennas of the A8n is designed to provide up to 3 times the range and 10 times the per site coverage as standard access point. Accordingly, up to 90% fewer installation sites for the same coverage area.


Contact Us Today about Your Outdoor Wireless Network Options

For more information on mobile and wi-fi solutions throughout Australia please contact Powertec.  We have access to a number of installers across Australia who specialise in planning and installation outdoor wireless Networks. For a referral to a local expert on mobile and Wi-Fi solutions in your area, please contact us on 07 5577 0500 or [email protected]

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    Solar Powered Wireless Links Take to the Skies

    Business Profile

    Chinta Air has been operating Outback Australian tours for over 10 years. This family owned boutique travel agency takes great pride in providing an experience tailored to your wishes. The company offers a wide variety of air tours including whale watching, Uluru from the skies, and Flinders Range Kangaroo Island Air tours to name a few.

    CEO Noel Schwarz runs the business on the ground with his partner Felicity Brown, Chief Pilot is in charge of the skies. Felicity is one of 4 females in Chief Pilot roles in Australia and the only one in South Australia.Solar Powered Wireless Links

    The business is based 20km outside of Ceduna in South Australia on the shores of Murat Bay on the West Coast of Eyre Peninsula. It lies west of the junction of the Flinders and Eyre Highways around 786 km northwest of the capital Adelaide. It boasts a population of 2,300.

    Chinta Air is in the same boat as many other regional business who suffer from #datadrought.

    Business Needs

    While working out of a beautiful location, access to a reliable and speedy data is not so idyllic. The offices were too far out for an ADSL connection, and 4G mobile speeds (for data) were not up to scratch. Noel was on the search for a reliable, high speed wireless data link.

    “The Satellite Sky Muster service had constant daily drop outs anywhere from 5 minutes to 5 days.”

    Data speeds on a Sky Muster 25/5Mbps plan varied between 1.5/.5Mbps and 17/2.5Mbps with an average of 9/1.5Mbps and an average ping time of 680 ms…. when it was up and working. This meant skype calls and any video conferencing was constantly buffering and any large files took forever to upload…. when it was up and working.

    Sky Muster was also limiting on its data plans with half of a 125gb data allowance being night data and only being available when the office was closed so as a result was never used.

    After further research Noel discovered that an NBN connection was available on his property but that the Chinta Air offices were located a frustrating 14.3 km from the NBN tower – 300 metres over the NBN 14km cut off line to supply this service.

    This meant that a non-standard NBN install had the potential to be a solution. And it had to be solar powered as there was no access to power in the area.

    Chinta Air contacted Mal Fricker Communications, a data communications expert operating in the Ceduna area to put together a solar powered wireless link to get a decent speed of data to the office.

    Product/s Used – Solar Powered Wireless Links

    Metal enclosure, solar panel, battery supplied by Powertec Telecommunications.  Mast supplied and installed locally.

    Altai 2 x C1an in bridge mode –  the C1an high-performance CPEs employ a patented smart-signal processing algorithm and an antenna designed to increase WiFi signal strength (transmission and reception) as well as the client’s throughput.

    The Solution

    Solar Powered Wireless LinksAfter undertaking the correct non-standard NBN install paperwork requirements, a Solar Powered wireless bridge was erected at the edge of the property 13.6km from the NBN tower.

    On the bridge mast along with the equipment to solar power the bridge, 1 x Altai C1an in bridge mode beamed the signal 2km to the Chinta Air Offices where another Altai C1an received the signal and disbursed it.

    Mal Fricker Communication set up with system over a couple of days and it was up and running immediately on completion.

    Business Benefits

    When you next call ChintaAir to book your bespoke Australian Air Tour, you can be assured that your enquiry will be dealt with promptly and efficiently – with no lapse in efficiency due to problematic data issues.   


    “Since installing the Fixed wireless solar powered NBN repeater, data speed has increased on our 25/5 plan to 21/4.5 with an average of 15/4 and an average ping time of 65 mbps.  Chinta Air now has unlimited data plan for under half the monthly cost of Sky Muster, and a much smoother receive and delivery of data.” Noel Schwarz CEO/Operations Manager Chinta Air.

     “It was a neat solution that worked relatively easily.” Mal Fricker, Principal Mal Fricker Communications.

    #datadrought  #solarsolution #AltaiSuperwifi

    Contact Us Today about your Solar Powered Wi-Fi Options

    This Solar Wi-Fi Installation was undertaken by Mal Fricker Communications who specialise in business communications in the larger Ceduna area.

    For more information on this install you can contact Mal Fricker, Principal [email protected] or call 0427 253 077.

    Powertec have access to a number of installers across Australia who specialise in non standard solar NBN 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]

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      Updates to AltaiCare – Cloud Based Wi-Fi Management System

      Updates to AltaiCare – Cloud Based Wi-Fi Management System

      AltaiCare is a cloud-based network management and service control software system. It is designed for WiFi service providers with integrated network management and service control functionalities for fast and cost saving service provisioning, as well as location-aware content management and big data analytics to help defining sales and marketing strategies based on customer behavior. Service providers or enterprises can simply subscribe the AltaiCare cloud-based wi-fi management solution for the number of AP’s and years they need.

      AltaiCare highlights:

      • Cost saving – no AP controller, access controller or service controller is required
      • Ease of deployment – cloud-based and zero configuration supports fast provisioning at ease
      • Powerful multiple-site remote management
      • Powerful controller functions – including local breakout and captive portalCloud based wi-fi management system
      • High security, scalability and reliability
      • Flexible 3-tier user and security login
      • Advertising content management supporting AP location-aware or Altai beacon content feeding
      • Use behavior and web-surfing history big data analytics

      Range of Enhancements

      AltaiCare is about to launch a range of enhancements to the application. On top of the already impressive list of features including network management, zero AP configuration, reporting and authentication, AltaiCare have now introduced the use of social media integration for user authentication and an on-premises server based version for in house or closed network solution.

      User authentication via Facebook

      The feature allows users to authenticate onto a WiFi network via their Facebook account. The user is redirected to the WiFi owners Facebook page and prompted to “like” it in return for access. This enables the owner to build their social media database for future marketing and social media announcements. Information on user demographic is also then available in the form of reports.

      AltaiCare On-Premises

      In instances where internet access may not be available or needed therefore rendering standard cloud based system useless for closed network environments,  Altai are releasing server based versions. The complete list of features are available in the On-Premises server version. The On-Premises version is a one off set of software purchases depending on number of AP’s as well as optional ongoing annual support.

      AltaiCare On-Premises is available now, with User Authentication via Facebook due to roll out by the end of the year 2016.

      For any queries don’t hesitate to contact or the team at Powertec.



      Long Range Wi-Fi Networks – NSW Recreation Centres

      Business Profile

      The motto of the NSW Government Office of Sport and Recreation is “More People, More Active, More Often” ….and now they can add “More Wi-Fi” to this slogan.

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      The Sport and Recreation Department has 11 Centres across NSW, set in the most beautiful scenic river, beach, bush or alpine locations. Visitors can choose from the serene beauty of the Hawkesbury River and Lake Macquarie, to the relaxed banks of Lake Ainsworth, the snow country of Jindabyne and pastoral serenity of Borambola, Lake Burrendong and Lake Keepit. Each Centre offers a variety of activities and programs that take advantage of the unique features of their location and facilities.

      Recently the NSW Department of Sport and Recreation decided to completely review their communication systems for sporting/recreation facilities across NSW; some of the sites had basic Wi-Fi giving limited site coverage but in general the existing set-up didn’t cover the requirements of guests or staff.

      Business Needs

      The planning and install was undertaken by Advanced Communications Riverina with Stephen Hood as the lead contact. Their brief from the client was to update the existing system to achieve full site coverage, including long range Wi-Fi networks, monitor data usage, collect data plus set up a separate corporate network separate from both the visitor and guest networks.

      This was a big project with the following sites planned to be updated – and all connecting – with one of the first sites being Sydney Academy in Narrabeen:

      • Berry
      • Borambola
      • Jindabyne
      • Lake Ainsworth
      • Myuna Bay
      • Point Wolstoncroft
      • Sydney Academy
      • Sydney International Regatta Centre
      • Sydney International Equestrian Centre
      • Sydney International Shooting Centre
      • Sport House

      The Challenges

      • Large size and long range Wi-Fi requirements of the sites; coverage numbers for Wi-Fi use ranged from 250 people per site through to over 1000 at some of the Olympic Venues.
      • Foliage/trees limiting RF transmission
      • Sarking (building felt fixed over the rafters of a roof underneath tiles of slate) was discovered wrapped around the walls in the building. This is normally just found underneath roof tiles but results in reflecting RF signal away from the buildings.
      • Large concrete buildings with bunkers (shooting centre)

      The Process and Solution

      To manage this large project there were a number of steps needing to be done for each site with the first site being Sydney Academy of Sport in Narabeen.  This site was used as the template for moving forward though there were specific challenges to each that needed to be addressed:

      Basic steps undertaken for the project included:

      • Full consult with the client to understand their networking requirements particularly how they wanted the corporate and guest visitor networks to run.
      • On-site survey to determine potential challenges for the outdoor Wi-Fi, the best locations and the equipment needing to be used
      • Off-site mapping to determine the best coverage area and planning for the challenges
      • Careful integration and testing of VLANS on site.
      • Design of public Wi-Fi splash pages for each site, ensuring terms & conditions of client were met.

      Network Management Solution

      Outdoor Wi-Fi

      The AltaiCare cloud management system was deployed to provide network management and differing levels of Authentication for Wi-Fi users.

      • SSID 1 for general public access internet usage, with monitored bandwidth, data allowance and secure internet access for groups of users.
      • SSID 2 was for administrative purposes with a suppressed SSID. Other users will not be able to discover this network and it is the only one that allows access to business equipment utilised by staff. It was routed via the pre-existing Corporate Network
      • SSID 3 was the management VLAN for the wireless backhaul, AP and network management.
      SSID VLAN Traffic Priority Authentification Encryption Bandwidth Control
      1 102 Normal Captive Portal (and optional MAC address) Open Multiple Preset Accounts for Bandwidth and Data Allowances
      2 101 Normal WPA2-PSK AES Corporate Users Via Citrix
      3 1 Normal WPA2-PSK AES No Bandwidth Control

      AltaiCare Data Management was set up and run as a test at the Narabeen site to finalise management requirements before being rolled out to the remaining sites.

      Product/s Used

      A8n Base Station – The A8n belongs to the A8 series which is the world’s leading 802.11n Wi-Fi outdoor access point optimised for maximum coverage and highest throughput from a minimum number of installation sites. This model has 5 GHz radio upgraded to 802.11a/n/ac standards.

       “The true beauty of the Altai products is their performance in the outdoor environment.”

      With the client utilising the world’s leading A8n base station, they received the following benefits:long range wi-fi

      • 8 antenna ports for 4 dual-slant sector antennas, providing flexible 90° to 360° coverage
      • 8×8 MIMO combined with Altai’s proprietary smart antenna technology for the best available uniform large-area coverage
      • The multiple antennas of A8n series can be configured to provide coverage that is optimised for area, pattern and elevation
      • Provides up to 3 times the range and 10 times the area of coverage as compared to standard access points
      • 50 cm co-location with 3G/4G cell sites on a single-pole
      • Up to 300 Mbps (access) plus 867 Mbps (access/backhaul for ac model) /300 Mbps (access/backhaul for n model) capacity per base station
      • Extended reach, with up to a 30 km backhaul range
      • Fast and simple installation using a single-pole mount for radios and antennas
      • Altai’s AirFi technology for higher capacity and efficiency per WiFi channel

      AltaiCare Cloud Network Management Services – The system monitors data usage/limits and the offsite management of all the access points.

      • Zero configuration allows a non-technical person to simply unpack and plug APs to WiFi network; the APs will automaticallyAltaiCare Logo_long range wifi configure
      • Owing to AltaiCare’s local breakout architecture and CAPWAP protocol, management data that goes to the cloud is securely encrypted in SSL, while data and control traffic stays local
      • Allows IT managers of enterprises to quickly set up secure access for their internal network, as well as provide hotspots to accommodate guest access
      • Pay-as-you-grow subscription model of AltaiCare results in lower OPEX
      • AltaiCare’s location-aware advertising services enables additional revenue from advertising


      Install was undertaken and took 1 week for the first site.  Sites following were each different depending on how large they were.

      Business Benefits

      As you would expect from Altai Super Wi-Fi products, the coverage was exceptional and the end result is a happy client.

      The coverage is fantastic with the Altai units and the penetration is excellent. Ease of management of the splash page for the end user is very simple.

      Stephen Hood, Advanced Communications Riverina


      Contact Us Today about your Long Range Wi-Fi Options

      This Wi-Fi Installation was undertaken by Advanced Communications Riverina who specialise in business communications via PABX, telephone systems and Wi-Fi.   They service the larger regional NSW area and are based in Wagga Wagga.

      For more information on this install you can contact  Stephen Hood, Unified Communications Sales Adviser directly on [email protected] or call 02 6922 2222.

      Powertec have access to a number of installers across Australia who specialise in large area, high traffic outdoor Wi-Fi. 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]

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        The 5GHz Unlicensed Spectrum is not a Free-For-All

        Wi-Fi and how the ACMA laws on the 5GHz unlicensed spectrum affect you!

        Unlicensed Spectrum
        Table: Illustrating Allowed Band/Channel/ Frequency/Usage

        Class licences authorise users of designated segments of spectrum to operate on a shared basis. A class licence sets out the conditions under which any person is permitted to operate when utilising the license. It is not issued to an individual user, and does not involve licence fees, and there is minimal licence administration by the ACMA.

        The Class Licenses set the user conditions and cover for frequency bands of operation and radiated power limits.  It is important that you are aware of what Bands you can operate in and the power that you are setting your equipment when you undertake a Wi-Fi installation.

        So while the 5GHz spectrum is unlicensed, it is still regulated.

        There are 4 bands in the unlicensed spectrum that Wi-Fi can operate in.  Altai products can be configured to work across all the bands but there are set bands that you should be configuring depending on how you are utilising the hardware – whether indoor or outdoor. All wi-fi products can be utilised for all channels but you as the installer should follow the regulations when undertaking an install.

        The Bands U-NII-1, UNII-2e and their corresponding channels (34-48 and 100 – 140) are reserved purely for indoor use. Band U-NII-3 is reserved for outdoor use and U-NII-2 is not to be used at all as it is reserved for radar.

        Maximum EIRP limits

        Along with the channels and frequencies you can and cannot use, you also need to be aware of the EIRP or Equivalent Isotropically Radiated Power.  In a nutshell it’s the allowable amount of power you can program to radiate from your hardware (access points, antennas etc).  There are maximum EIRP limits that you can set for your install – an excerpt of the relevant summary can be found HERE.

        You can find the full document detailing the Legislation around the Class Licenses HERE.


        Ring is Lord of the Wi-Fi – Extending NBN Case Study

        Case Study – Extending NBN

        The install could not have been easier, in fact there was full strength at each end first time and the speed test from the home was running at 55meg, the same speed as the office. Now the family enjoys Netflix, internet, two way CCTV and security, even “in house” IP office telephony.

        Client: Award winning Architect Terry Ring from Ring & Associates built his own home in the suburb of Pialligo, ACT in 2015, in Ring Extending NBNthe middle of a winery estate and had gone with minimal mobile and wireless services since moving in as the site was labelled “off the grid” by all the carriers and the NBN – even though he only lived 5km from Parliament House.   Quotes for the cost of laying lines to access internet, ranged from the tens of thousands of dollars to “Can’t be done”.

        Upon contacting NBN data cabling and installation experts Transfibre P/L, Principal Greg Baker suggested that a point to point bridge be provided from his office to take advantage of the recently connected NBN.

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        The offices for Ring and Associates Architects are located in Kingston, ACT – approx. 3km away from Terry’s new house.

        The customer needed to work from home and utilising his office NBN and high speed data would solve his home connectivity problems plus allow him to exploit wireless for additional services like a remote IP phone service and connective security including CCTV.

        Product/s Used

        • 2 x 20dBi panel antenna
        • 2 x Altai C1xan

        The C1xan is a key component in wireless broadband access provisioning and perfect for use as a low cost point-to-point bridge. It can be installed outdoors by the side of a window, mounted to a wall, at the rooftop of a building or placed at the desktop inside for fixed broadband access or high definition surveillance cameras.

        The installation took less than 2 days.

        The Solution

        coveragemaps Extending NBNA site survey was undertaken and the path profile between the two sites was determined – the antenna height at the office was
        determined to be 15 metres, with a 6 metre high antenna used at the residence. These heights provided a near clear line of site between the two ensuring a successful point-to-point deployment.

        The first C1xan plus a panel antenna was set up on the roof of the Kingston office building and used as a wireless link. The second C1xan and panel antenna was set up on the roof of his house 3km away.  A 5 gig wireless link was utilised

        Being near the Canberra airport, care had to be taken to ensure that the radio frequency didn’t interfere with the airport radar systems.

        Extending NBN – Contact Us Today about your Wi-Fi Options

        This installation was undertaken by Powertec Wi-Fi Partner Greg Baker from Transfibre P/L based in Townsville St, Fyshwick, ACT 2609. To ask Greg for more information you can contact him by email on [email protected] or direct by phone on 0418 483 000.

        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]

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          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.)


          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]

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            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.


            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


            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.




            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]

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              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.

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              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.


              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.