03/29/2018
Rural internet, barn, unifi, Nanostation 5AC, Unifi Video.
Reason for Installation
Unifi connected to 13 access points, 2 x 8 Unifi Switches, Unifi Security GW, 7 unifi-video cameras, Rocket AC Lite (WISP), Nanostation NS5AC's, Toughswitches.
Used Products
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Location
CA-156, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045, USA
Description

My AWESOME WISP (Etheric Networks) introduced me to UBNT gear when they installed a Rocket M5 at my home.  Since then I've upgraded to a Rocket AC Lite, and get approximately 30 megabits/s second internet service from them, at a distance of 17.1 miles to their tower !

 

We have a horse property in rural Monterey County and wanted to put cameras in and around our property, mainly for the horses.

The barn is 700 feet from the main house.  We also wanted internet access at the barn

 

I have Unifi AC Pro access points in the house, actually, under the house is more accurate, as they are in the crawl space, pointing upwards, plus a couple of AC Mesh points outside.

 

Originally I used the AC Mesh to get to the barn, but at 700 feet it was struggling.  I tried some better omni antennas but still the link was not great.  I ended up putting in Nanostation M5's and they worked great ! 

I just this week upgraded to Nanostation NS5AC's as there are others that live along our lane that want to hook up cameras to my system.  Right now we have 7 cameras, but I see that number steadily increasing.

 

I had an initial hiccup with the NS5AC (bug in the firmware) to which this very forum got me upgraded firmware that correctly handles VLANS (I have 4).  I'm running an engineering build of 8.6.0 which so far seems stable and fixes vlan bridging.

I used to use WDS transparent bridging on the previous Nanostation M5's and was surprised to find this option gone with NS5AC's.

 

The barn currently is switching over 1 terabyte of data per month !

It's entirely solar powered.  There are 4x100 watt panels on the roof and 3 deep cycle batteries that keep things ticking along.

The power draw  is about 3.5amps.  I have maybe 4-5 days of reserve power, for rainy periods.  I've kept the power for over a year so far.  We've been close to running out of power a few times ! :-)

 

I'm a software developer by trade and hacked up an ESP8266 microcontroller and monitor batter and solar voltage constantly.

 

Here are some pictures / screenshots of my setup.

I'm still working on portions, so please excuse my wiring !

 

Simon20180329_173605.jpgI run Unifi, Unifi-Video, UNMS, Plex,Subsonic and my development containers on this. Get one !

 

20180329_173625.jpgIf I'd known, I'd have got a 16 port !

 

20180329_182149.jpgPushing packets to the barn.

 

20180329_182238.jpgDuplex to the barn.

 

20180329_182252.jpg

 

20180329_183324.jpgUnifi

 

20180329_184854.jpgWISP's antenna, plus my NS5AC. I thought I might have interference issues, but it has made no difference to the throughput, or constellation diagrams etc.

 

20180329_184906.jpgThe barn as seen from my deck.

 

20180329_190038.jpgBarn gear is all solar powered. There is no grid election here.

 

20180329_190106.jpgThe other end of the NS5AC link. Still tinkering ...

 

20180329_190121.jpgSolar charger, plus another unif mesh, with outdoor antenna.

 

20180329_190131.jpg2 UVC-G3's, another AC Mesh.

 

20180329_190300.jpgTheo (foreground) Lucy (eating!)

 

Rural internet, barn, unifi, Nanostation 5AC, Unifi Video.

by ‎03-29-2018 07:52 PM - edited ‎04-20-2018 11:36 PM

My AWESOME WISP (Etheric Networks) introduced me to UBNT gear when they installed a Rocket M5 at my home.  Since then I've upgraded to a Rocket AC Lite, and get approximately 30 megabits/s second internet service from them, at a distance of 17.1 miles to their tower !

 

We have a horse property in rural Monterey County and wanted to put cameras in and around our property, mainly for the horses.

The barn is 700 feet from the main house.  We also wanted internet access at the barn

 

I have Unifi AC Pro access points in the house, actually, under the house is more accurate, as they are in the crawl space, pointing upwards, plus a couple of AC Mesh points outside.

 

Originally I used the AC Mesh to get to the barn, but at 700 feet it was struggling.  I tried some better omni antennas but still the link was not great.  I ended up putting in Nanostation M5's and they worked great ! 

I just this week upgraded to Nanostation NS5AC's as there are others that live along our lane that want to hook up cameras to my system.  Right now we have 7 cameras, but I see that number steadily increasing.

 

I had an initial hiccup with the NS5AC (bug in the firmware) to which this very forum got me upgraded firmware that correctly handles VLANS (I have 4).  I'm running an engineering build of 8.6.0 which so far seems stable and fixes vlan bridging.

I used to use WDS transparent bridging on the previous Nanostation M5's and was surprised to find this option gone with NS5AC's.

 

The barn currently is switching over 1 terabyte of data per month !

It's entirely solar powered.  There are 4x100 watt panels on the roof and 3 deep cycle batteries that keep things ticking along.

The power draw  is about 3.5amps.  I have maybe 4-5 days of reserve power, for rainy periods.  I've kept the power for over a year so far.  We've been close to running out of power a few times ! :-)

 

I'm a software developer by trade and hacked up an ESP8266 microcontroller and monitor batter and solar voltage constantly.

 

Here are some pictures / screenshots of my setup.

I'm still working on portions, so please excuse my wiring !

 

Simon20180329_173605.jpgI run Unifi, Unifi-Video, UNMS, Plex,Subsonic and my development containers on this. Get one !

 

20180329_173625.jpgIf I'd known, I'd have got a 16 port !

 

20180329_182149.jpgPushing packets to the barn.

 

20180329_182238.jpgDuplex to the barn.

 

20180329_182252.jpg

 

20180329_183324.jpgUnifi

 

20180329_184854.jpgWISP's antenna, plus my NS5AC. I thought I might have interference issues, but it has made no difference to the throughput, or constellation diagrams etc.

 

20180329_184906.jpgThe barn as seen from my deck.

 

20180329_190038.jpgBarn gear is all solar powered. There is no grid election here.

 

20180329_190106.jpgThe other end of the NS5AC link. Still tinkering ...

 

20180329_190121.jpgSolar charger, plus another unif mesh, with outdoor antenna.

 

20180329_190131.jpg2 UVC-G3's, another AC Mesh.

 

20180329_190300.jpgTheo (foreground) Lucy (eating!)

 

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Comments
by
on ‎04-02-2018 07:48 PM

What all are you using the antsle box for? How do you like it so far?

 

I like your setup, but why two unifi 8 port switches instead of a 16 or 24?

by
on ‎04-02-2018 09:32 PM

I use the Antsle to run a bunch of containers and VM's.

Unifi controller, Unifi-video, Plex & Subsonic are all separate lxc containers (plus a development container I used for SW dev)

UNMS is a KVM VM.

 

I really wish I didn't have to use a VM for UNMS, I find them to be hulking large things these days compared to containers.

 

I really like the Antsle so far, it's convenient and is silent.  No fans at all.

 

Two switches is because this network has 'evolved' over time.  ;-)

 

Thanks for taking the time to look and comment !

by
on ‎04-04-2018 05:13 PM

Looks awesome!

 

More questions about the Antsle box. Which model are you running? Also, how do you manage IP addressing for the containers and VMs? I'm assuming each VM/container instance get its own internal IP (e.g. 192.168.x.x) then you port forward appropriately through the USG for each server (32400 for Plex, 8080 for Controller, etc)?

 

 

by
on ‎04-04-2018 10:05 PM

I got the "Pro 8 core"  It has 16G RAM, 2x500GB solid state drives and 2x2TB spining drives.

Sure, you can build your own PC with higher specs for less money, but the Anstle OS is pretty nice and AntMan makes it super simple to manage.

It's worth the money in my opinion.

 

By default the VM's and Containers get Antsle internal IP's, not even local IP's on the LAN.

A couple of clicks allows you to setup bridged networking and they get LAN local IP's into each container/vm

You can bridge any of the 4 gigabit ports on the back.

There are loads of really nice tutorials on their website.

 

I don't actually setup port forwarding for the individual services,although that would certainly work.

I tunnel the services I want externally available via SSH.  I'm a big fan of ssh -L and -R ;-)

 

by
on ‎04-19-2018 04:56 PM

Great application, really nice.

 

Love the horsies!

by
on ‎04-20-2018 07:45 AM

Can you detail your solar setup?

 

I have my horse run in off my workshop and I use some mesh units to link up... We can watch the horses from the storm shelter till the power drops so I am looking for examples like yours...

 

Thanks!

by
on ‎04-20-2018 10:42 AM

Hi Stephen,

I have 4 100W Renogy solar panels wired in parallel to a Renogy Wanderer 30A solar charger connected to 3 110AH deep cycle batteries.

From there I have a 1500W inverter that powers the radios, switches and cameras.

I started with the renogy 100watt starter kit.  It included the panel, charger and enough cabling to wire it up and make it work.

 

We initially started down this route for the same reason as you.  We wanted to be able to see the horses in and around the stables at night, or when weathers bad or they get freaked out of a plastic bag or something like that. :-)