07/05/2018
UniFi Directional Dual Band Antenna covers 4th of July entrances for 35,000 people
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Virginia, USA
Description

Every year, a local outdoor venue does a 4th of July Celebration which brings in about 35,000 people.   

 

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Six entrance gates provide access for all the cars to get in.  In previous years you had to pay cash to get in, but this year they decided to allow credit card processing at each of the 6 entrance gates.

 

With 35,000 people, the local cell phone coverage gets overloaded to the point of not working reliably, so we were tasked to provide Wifi coverage to all 6 entrance gates in order to process all the CC transactions.   And all this is only really needed one day a year on the 4th of July.   So temporary and quick is important. 

 

The various entrance gates are spread far apart on the several hundred acre venue.  

 

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Fortunately, 4 of them are all in a row along an 800 ft area. 

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We decided to us a UAP-Mesh along with the Directional Dual Band Antenna at the bottom left location.  It had to shoot a wifi signal as far as 819 ft to cover Gate 9 the furthest gate.  

 

 

Here we have temporarily mounted the UAP-M with the Directional antenna on a tree.

 

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That antenna shoots up the blue dotted line on the aerial above.   Here's a view down that 819ft path.

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The signals at 819ft away were great and there were no problems in handling the steady lines of cars coming into this gate. 

 

 

 

At another entrance gate we have a more permanently setup again using a UAP-Mesh with the Directional Antenna.  In this case it feeds a wirelessly connected UAP Mesh Pro.

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The Aerial below shows the 700ft path of this link.  This entrance is used every weekend during the summer.  

 

 

 

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We found the UniFi Directional Dual Band Antenna to be a powerful tool in providing outdoor wifi across a long range in order to cover all these entrance gates.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UniFi Directional Dual Band Antenna covers 4th of July entrances for 35,000 people

by on ‎07-05-2018 07:59 AM

Every year, a local outdoor venue does a 4th of July Celebration which brings in about 35,000 people.   

 

IMG_1618.jpg

 

 

Six entrance gates provide access for all the cars to get in.  In previous years you had to pay cash to get in, but this year they decided to allow credit card processing at each of the 6 entrance gates.

 

With 35,000 people, the local cell phone coverage gets overloaded to the point of not working reliably, so we were tasked to provide Wifi coverage to all 6 entrance gates in order to process all the CC transactions.   And all this is only really needed one day a year on the 4th of July.   So temporary and quick is important. 

 

The various entrance gates are spread far apart on the several hundred acre venue.  

 

IMG_1637.jpg

 

IMG_1635.jpg

 

Fortunately, 4 of them are all in a row along an 800 ft area. 

Length2.png

 

 

 

We decided to us a UAP-Mesh along with the Directional Dual Band Antenna at the bottom left location.  It had to shoot a wifi signal as far as 819 ft to cover Gate 9 the furthest gate.  

 

 

Here we have temporarily mounted the UAP-M with the Directional antenna on a tree.

 

IMG_1592.jpg

 

 

 

That antenna shoots up the blue dotted line on the aerial above.   Here's a view down that 819ft path.

IMG_1594.jpg

 

 

 

The signals at 819ft away were great and there were no problems in handling the steady lines of cars coming into this gate. 

 

 

 

At another entrance gate we have a more permanently setup again using a UAP-Mesh with the Directional Antenna.  In this case it feeds a wirelessly connected UAP Mesh Pro.

IMG_1631.jpg

 

 

The Aerial below shows the 700ft path of this link.  This entrance is used every weekend during the summer.  

 

 

 

Gate2.PNG

 

 

 

We found the UniFi Directional Dual Band Antenna to be a powerful tool in providing outdoor wifi across a long range in order to cover all these entrance gates.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments
by Ubiquiti Employee
on ‎07-06-2018 07:27 AM

Very cool! Nice setup.

by
on ‎07-06-2018 05:51 PM

I understand CC transactions require very little bandwidth but what sort of speeds were you able to get at the far end of that 800 ft link? Were you able to connect to the 5G band at that distance?

by
on ‎07-07-2018 04:49 AM

@mrnobody

 

Here's the signal strength and modulation of an iPad Touch at the 830 ft entrance gate.   This is iPad back to the AP signal strength.  The other direction is usually more. 

 

 

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by
on ‎07-13-2018 02:08 PM

@ClaudeSS

Is always a pleasure read/see something about your installations, and there is always to learn !
Cheers,
jonatha

by
on ‎07-14-2018 07:18 AM

Quick question - the single AP with the directional antenna gave  you coverage for over 800 feet? That's pretty amazing! Where, in relation to the blue dotted line did people stand to take the credit cards? Where they closer to the blue dotted line or closer to the numbers 3, 4, etc. shown in the distance diagram? I just bought the directional antenna and now I'm really excited to try it out. Thanks for sharing your story!

by
on ‎07-14-2018 11:34 AM

@ZackJones   Most credit card transactions took place at 800ft at gate 9.   This is at the upper right of the blue dotted line.