3 weeks ago
Bringing Internet to an outlying alpine hut
Used Products
×4
Location
Bach, Österreich
Description

Hi!

 

We are a small IT-Company from Germany and we just finished our second (first documented) Ubiquiti-Project in Austria/Tirol!

 

A month ago, we went to Austria to get Internet to an isolated alpine hut.

There is no connection to the public electricity grid / water-system, no mobile network coverage and, of course, no internet..

The operator had to get electricity on his own, and build a mini-hydroelectric power station plus a diesel generator, so why not bring the internet on his own, too?

This is where we come into play.

 

Beeline 8.x km (5 Miles) is a ski lift, operated by colleagues of the alpine hut-operator.

 

The plan was to set up an LTE-Router in a small shelter (already there) at the ski-lift, to carry the signal via 4 PBE-5AC-Gen2 to the alpine hut.

From the ski-lift, you cannot see the alpine hut directly, but you can see a small meadow, ca. 250m (820 ft) from the alpine hut,
so we planed to use the meadow as a turning point to get to the alpine hut.

The meadow is absolutely off from any electricity, so the operator of the alpine hut just layed a 250m power cable to the spot..

 

We got:

  • LTE-Router plus SIM-Card
  • Raspberry Pi-3 (Linked to the LTE-Router to get a remote-session via TeamViewer for maintenence purposes)
  • 4x PowerBeam 5AC Gen2
  • 4x Ethernet Surge Protector (ETH‑SP‑G2)
  • 3x UAP-PRO

     

This is a screenshot of the setup from link.ubnt.com

You can see the long (8km) line and the short (250m)

 

121212.PNG

 

 

 

 

First: LTE-Router at the ski-lift

First PowerBeam is behind the Window

router.JPG

 

 

 

First PBE

Pointing to the meadow.

r1.JPG

 

 

Mind the broken ladder.. it was a dangerous install Smash

r111.JPG

r11.JPG

 

 

View to the meadow, from the first antenna.

Here I am standing right under the first antenna.

r1_viewto2.JPGr1_viewto222.JPG

r1_viewto22.JPG

 

 

 

 

Maedow / turning point

You see the second Antenna in the front and the first antenna far away. (ski lift / red spot)

r23_viewto1.jpeg

Our electrician at the turning point / Antenna 2 and 3

oo.jpeg

oo_23.jpeg

 

Our electrician at the turning point / View to the alpine hut and the final antenna 4

r23_viewto4.jpeg

 

 

 

 

Final antenna / Alpine hut

Pointing to the meadow.

 

r44.JPGr4.JPG

 

Final antenna / Alpine hut

Here I am standing right under the final antenna.

You can see the turning point, marked red.

btw, look at my shiny car

r4_viewto3.JPG

 

 

The alpine hut

On the left, you can see the turning point

gasthof_viewto3.JPG

 

 

 

 

Screenshot of the first air link. (ski-lift to turning point)

fast and stable!

d1.PNG

 

Screenshot of the second air link. (turning point to alpine hut)

fast and stable!

d2.PNG

 

 

 

 

After we recieved a nice and stable signal at the alpine hut, we installed 3x UAP-AP-PRO with Guest-Portal to cover all three floors of the building. The customer was very pleased with this brand new Ubiquiti WiFi-Setup.

It was a nice and clean installation, and we are looking forward to upcoming projects with Ubi!

 

 

Bringing Internet to an outlying alpine hut

by 3 weeks ago - last edited 3 weeks ago

Hi!

 

We are a small IT-Company from Germany and we just finished our second (first documented) Ubiquiti-Project in Austria/Tirol!

 

A month ago, we went to Austria to get Internet to an isolated alpine hut.

There is no connection to the public electricity grid / water-system, no mobile network coverage and, of course, no internet..

The operator had to get electricity on his own, and build a mini-hydroelectric power station plus a diesel generator, so why not bring the internet on his own, too?

This is where we come into play.

 

Beeline 8.x km (5 Miles) is a ski lift, operated by colleagues of the alpine hut-operator.

 

The plan was to set up an LTE-Router in a small shelter (already there) at the ski-lift, to carry the signal via 4 PBE-5AC-Gen2 to the alpine hut.

From the ski-lift, you cannot see the alpine hut directly, but you can see a small meadow, ca. 250m (820 ft) from the alpine hut,
so we planed to use the meadow as a turning point to get to the alpine hut.

The meadow is absolutely off from any electricity, so the operator of the alpine hut just layed a 250m power cable to the spot..

 

We got:

  • LTE-Router plus SIM-Card
  • Raspberry Pi-3 (Linked to the LTE-Router to get a remote-session via TeamViewer for maintenence purposes)
  • 4x PowerBeam 5AC Gen2
  • 4x Ethernet Surge Protector (ETH‑SP‑G2)
  • 3x UAP-PRO

     

This is a screenshot of the setup from link.ubnt.com

You can see the long (8km) line and the short (250m)

 

121212.PNG

 

 

 

 

First: LTE-Router at the ski-lift

First PowerBeam is behind the Window

router.JPG

 

 

 

First PBE

Pointing to the meadow.

r1.JPG

 

 

Mind the broken ladder.. it was a dangerous install Smash

r111.JPG

r11.JPG

 

 

View to the meadow, from the first antenna.

Here I am standing right under the first antenna.

r1_viewto2.JPGr1_viewto222.JPG

r1_viewto22.JPG

 

 

 

 

Maedow / turning point

You see the second Antenna in the front and the first antenna far away. (ski lift / red spot)

r23_viewto1.jpeg

Our electrician at the turning point / Antenna 2 and 3

oo.jpeg

oo_23.jpeg

 

Our electrician at the turning point / View to the alpine hut and the final antenna 4

r23_viewto4.jpeg

 

 

 

 

Final antenna / Alpine hut

Pointing to the meadow.

 

r44.JPGr4.JPG

 

Final antenna / Alpine hut

Here I am standing right under the final antenna.

You can see the turning point, marked red.

btw, look at my shiny car

r4_viewto3.JPG

 

 

The alpine hut

On the left, you can see the turning point

gasthof_viewto3.JPG

 

 

 

 

Screenshot of the first air link. (ski-lift to turning point)

fast and stable!

d1.PNG

 

Screenshot of the second air link. (turning point to alpine hut)

fast and stable!

d2.PNG

 

 

 

 

After we recieved a nice and stable signal at the alpine hut, we installed 3x UAP-AP-PRO with Guest-Portal to cover all three floors of the building. The customer was very pleased with this brand new Ubiquiti WiFi-Setup.

It was a nice and clean installation, and we are looking forward to upcoming projects with Ubi!

 

 

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Comments
by
2 weeks ago

How do you protect the turning point Antenna against snow? 

by
2 weeks ago

Hi !

Sadly, it is not protected against snow.

The two antennas are only 1.5meter above ground, and it can be very snowy in that area. (1 meter in 24h is not uncommon)

The electical parts are covered in cases, but when the dishes are coverd in snow, the link will be down.

 

This is a potential problem that could not be solved yet.

The alpine hut operator said, he will then drive by ATV to the spot to clear the snow from the dishes.

His second solution was, to just let it be: "internet at the alpine hut is prue luxury and there is nothing you can do, when nature dont want you to have internet" Rofl

..he is right.

by
2 weeks ago - last edited 2 weeks ago

Nice job, what powers the intermediate repeater site?

 

EDIT: Oh I just read the part about the 250m power cable, why not bury a pre-terminated fibre with the power cable? ;-)

 

Dan

by
a week ago

@UITSys => as mentioned, why not using fiber ?

But, I'm wondering if the 1.5 meters tall pole could not be higher ? 
THe current 1.5m is not only short for snow, but as we can see, the first link over more than 8km is not subject to fresnel effect, when the one, last 275m is, and you can see the first link at 400 Mbps, when the short one is "only" 300 Mbps, when it could be maybe at least equivalent.

So, why not going for higher pole ? It could be esthetic sure ;-) or regulation maybe, just to know

by
Friday

This is awesome! Makes me want to visit them next time I'm in Austria in the winter. What's the name of the place? 

 

I suppose, while the height of the pole could be increased to avoid the snow, but really, when the internet goes down - that's what they make schnapps for!

by
17 hours ago

Looks like your EIRP is set to 49dBm here.

 

Isn't Austria regulated like other countries in the EU at 30dBm for 5Ghz ?