05/27/2017
City Wireless mesh
Description

In january of this year, City Wireless installed a public WiFi service for the municipality of the city of Vlaardingen in the  Netherlands. The system was based on our proven concept of using the security camera positions and underlying fiber network for installing our public WIFi service. We earlier installed similar networks in the (cheese) city of Alkmaar and in a part of the city of Utrecht.

 

 

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The camera network in the city of Vlaardingen is based on outdoor section closets al connected to a fiber backbone. From these closets we connected the eleven uap outdoor ac and ac pro’s to four usw 150w powering access points and with their SFP ports connect to the single mode fiber optic backbone.

With this set-up we are able to provide the coverage as shown on the map below.

 

 

Schermafbeelding_2016-07-14_om_17_07_06_Signal_Strength (1).png

 

The fiber backbone is centrally terminated on a Mikrotik router with 4 sfp ports. On this router the hotspot function provides the redirect to our hotspot server and login/landing pages. Two VDSL lines in a MLPPP setup provides a combined link Internet capacity of 140/20 Mbps.

The hotspot provides each user a maximum of 40/5 Mbps link capacity after logging on with a maximum of 1 hour session duration.

 

In april we installed the unifi mesh antennas on light poles, traffic lights and on fronts of shops to extend the coverage on customer request. The mesh ap’s are installed on small outdoor boxes with separated 220V power outlets and in one case also a fiber cable for future expansion (camera). Also this setup gives us the option to be able to use ptp connections when the multihop mesh links didn't provide the required service quality. Our longest multihop to a fiber connected mesh pro is four!

 

Schermafbeelding 2017-04-28 om 19.39.29.png

 

After running for a month, these are our findings;

  • the mesh links are stable without registered outages
  • the service quality on the long multihop degrades after the third only noticeable with a speedtest and not with standard browsing!?
  • the coverage of a uap mesh is impressive  and i.o.o. better than a (mesh) pro
  • Total coverage for the mesh network in the streest is around 2700m2

IMG_20170502_133356-EFFECTS.jpgIMG_20170425_125052.jpgIMG_20170502_133816 (1).jpg

 

Please find the attached pictures for an impression of coverage and size.

 

City Wireless mesh

by ‎05-27-2017 06:04 AM - edited ‎05-30-2017 11:03 AM

In january of this year, City Wireless installed a public WiFi service for the municipality of the city of Vlaardingen in the  Netherlands. The system was based on our proven concept of using the security camera positions and underlying fiber network for installing our public WIFi service. We earlier installed similar networks in the (cheese) city of Alkmaar and in a part of the city of Utrecht.

 

 

WhatsApp Image 2016-12-15 at 14.47.29 (1).jpegWhatsApp Image 2016-12-15 at 14.48.55 (1).jpegWhatsApp Image 2016-12-15 at 14.56.44 (1) (1).jpeg

 

The camera network in the city of Vlaardingen is based on outdoor section closets al connected to a fiber backbone. From these closets we connected the eleven uap outdoor ac and ac pro’s to four usw 150w powering access points and with their SFP ports connect to the single mode fiber optic backbone.

With this set-up we are able to provide the coverage as shown on the map below.

 

 

Schermafbeelding_2016-07-14_om_17_07_06_Signal_Strength (1).png

 

The fiber backbone is centrally terminated on a Mikrotik router with 4 sfp ports. On this router the hotspot function provides the redirect to our hotspot server and login/landing pages. Two VDSL lines in a MLPPP setup provides a combined link Internet capacity of 140/20 Mbps.

The hotspot provides each user a maximum of 40/5 Mbps link capacity after logging on with a maximum of 1 hour session duration.

 

In april we installed the unifi mesh antennas on light poles, traffic lights and on fronts of shops to extend the coverage on customer request. The mesh ap’s are installed on small outdoor boxes with separated 220V power outlets and in one case also a fiber cable for future expansion (camera). Also this setup gives us the option to be able to use ptp connections when the multihop mesh links didn't provide the required service quality. Our longest multihop to a fiber connected mesh pro is four!

 

Schermafbeelding 2017-04-28 om 19.39.29.png

 

After running for a month, these are our findings;

  • the mesh links are stable without registered outages
  • the service quality on the long multihop degrades after the third only noticeable with a speedtest and not with standard browsing!?
  • the coverage of a uap mesh is impressive  and i.o.o. better than a (mesh) pro
  • Total coverage for the mesh network in the streest is around 2700m2

IMG_20170502_133356-EFFECTS.jpgIMG_20170425_125052.jpgIMG_20170502_133816 (1).jpg

 

Please find the attached pictures for an impression of coverage and size.

 

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www.citywireless.nl
www.gschool.nl
Comments
by
on ‎05-29-2017 09:12 AM

Been wondering how the mesh performs in long jumps. Haven't had the oportunity to use them. Nice to see they hold up with 3 hops! Man Happy

by
on ‎05-29-2017 01:18 PM

How do you perform that amazing heatmap?

by
on ‎05-29-2017 01:42 PM

impressive!

by
on ‎06-24-2017 08:49 PM

@Cae7ano you can use free software "heatmapper" to make a map similar to that Man Happy https://www.ekahau.com/products/heatmapper/overview/

 

Here's the heatmap I did for our one free WiFi access point for the park across the street from us:

 

heatmap just skyview.png

 

-Jamie M.

by
on ‎06-27-2017 05:05 AM

The AC-M antennas are not arranged in an optimal position: They should be put into either in "V" or in "L" shape (but not in parallel "ll" because the two pig tails are too close to each other and cannot take advantage of diversity reception and reflections).

by
on ‎10-05-2017 10:23 PM

very nice set up im planning the same thing to here in our neighborhood but only in small scale, just around a single block.

can i ask if  your mesh set up is for outdoor users only or clients inside building get a good signal?

by
on ‎10-06-2017 04:39 AM

The set-up is build for outside use only, however we cannot prevent that where the ap's are close enough to the buildings, the signal inside is good enough to use.

by
on ‎12-10-2017 11:53 AM
Cost for deployment?