I just want to share our story about the opportunity for trying out the brand new shiny Unifi Mesh and it's an honor for me and my team to be the first one who trying out this brand new unifi in Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
We are very lucky that UBNT Spectrumindo's boss Mr. Teguh Wijaya willing to lend us the Unifi Mesh that he just receive from UBNT for testing only and we are the one who testing it
The configuration is not in the perfect condition as we have limited access to eletricity on the area, we only have 1 spot with electricity at McDonald's restaurant and the rest of the 3 spots we need to improvised the power supply using 12 Volts 35 Ampere Car Battery + Stepup DC Inverter and put it inside the outdoor box.
This event supposed to be an Air Supply concert, but then Air Supply cancelled because one of their singers was ill, the event organizer invited Shane Filan the former Westlife singer as the replacement.
Click here for my original post on facebook back in December 4th, 2016.
The only problem that we are facing that time is we didn't expected the users to connect to the Unifi all in the same time, which they did after the MC of the event announce that they provides free Wifi with SSID : #SULUTHEBAT so evebody can live stream or uploading pictures to their social media easier.
The connected user that time jump to about 1,000 users and more in the same time and as it seems it's not a problem for unifi mesh handling that much of users, our unfi controller which we install at our virtual machine in the cloud at our NOC (unifi controller about 5 KM away from where the unifi mesh at, connected with PtP Litebeam AC) seems to worked fine since it still receiving updates from those unifi mesh and other unifi that we manage on several production sites.
Then we start receving complains that some users can not use the internet, when we investigate, we found out that after reaching +1000 users conneted to the 4 unifi mesh, the DHCP server which we use Mikrotik RB850GX2 start experiencing problem we notice the processor usage at 100% and slow/delay giving IP to new users/devices, this is the problem that we underestimated, we though that this router with 2 cores can handle the DHCP job, apparently not
Overall, installation good and easy, no problem, oh you need to upgrade the unifi mesh's firmware in order for the wireless uplink to work, Mr. Iskandar of UBNT Spectrumindo Surabaya does point that to us, because at first when still using the original firmware, wireless uplink doesn't work.
Unifi Mesh, amazing little good stuff UBNT got there
Credits to :
- Mr. Teguh Wijaya, Mr. Iskandar & Spectrumindo Team.
- Cintha Putri of UBNT USA.
- Mr. Johanis Rembet and his Infotek Technical Support Team
- Fander Hoke of SS Computer Manado.