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Les Vieilles Charrues Festival - France

Hello from France,


We are Festiv'IT (http://www.festivit.org or on FB), a small non profit and we deploy WiFi networks in music festivals (non profit only).


Our biggest event is Les Vieilles Charrues (the most populated music festival in France : you can see more pictures on their Facebook).

The mainstagesThe mainstages 

Our all-in-one mastsOur all-in-one mastsThe network here is mostly based on an AirMax M backbone, we had stability issues with the AC gear, and also only the nanostations M have the secondary port, so we made small masts where we have only a NanoStation and either an UAP5, Picos M2 or UMESHs.


50+ EdgeSwitches throughout the site, 2 EdgePoints are installed on the primary relays.

 An EdgeSwitch dangerously located ...An EdgeSwitch dangerously located ... 

We have one ERPro but most of the traffic goes through a Mikrotik CCR1036, the ERPros not being powerful enough to handle 5000 simultaneous clients and the rules we need.


As this is the simplest solution, we use "The Dude" in order to monitor our network. We might switch to UNMS when it's ready.



Almost every inch of the 247 acres of the site is covered with UniFi in order to provide a reliable network for the online cashless solution by our friends at Weezevent.


A cashless terminal (on the left side of the credit card terminal)A cashless terminal (on the left side of the credit card terminal)

Stats are pretty impressive :








2G Coverage :



 5G Coverage :





We installed antennas really everywhere ... even at the top of a big crane for a partner (yeaaah not the most beautiful install)


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If the most part of our deployment is used for cashless devices, everything goes through our network. Here is a camera for security purposes, we also have a VoIP network (not ubnt based). On the picture below you can spot a phone between two thin clients used by the medical teams.

 On the second stage for video surveillance.On the second stage for video surveillance.

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To have the best coverage possible for the artists, we use the new UMESHs Pros. Those have provided great results.


If only we could add more than 4 SSIDs, we hope this is planned for future products.




We have so much more to show you ... we would be delighted to have some of you guys from UBNT come over next year (backstage access provided, of course).


on ‎07-16-2017 08:17 AM

Awesome deployment!    How long and how many people does it take to set all this up?   How long does the event last?

on ‎07-16-2017 08:22 AM
Hi ! The event lasts 4 days but the network is mostly operationnal a week before. During the deployment, we are up to 27 people, but a team of 15-20 is sufficient.
by Ubiquiti Employee
on ‎07-16-2017 12:10 PM

Great story - thanks!  So as a quick note 8SSIDs per radio on Gen2+ is available in unifi 5.6.x, which is in testing phase now.  So it will be in a stable release not too long from now.


Also keep in mind the 802.11 management overhead when running many SSIDs.  See here for the impact:



Thanks again,




by Ubiquiti Employee
on ‎07-16-2017 12:12 PM

And yes, I'm sure we'd all want to go.  Looks lovely.  :-)

on ‎07-16-2017 12:30 PM

Wow--terrific 'story'! Worth a trip to Brittany

just for itself.


Will you do Central Park again?   Dave

on ‎07-17-2017 11:26 AM
Central Park was a one shot kind of event as I have heard.

Les Vieilles Charrues is our annual show for what we do at Festiv’IT, so we put a lot of ressources into designing et deploying the network.
on ‎07-19-2017 02:05 AM

Nice deployment!

For these kind of events where do you get your main internet feed?

‎07-20-2017 08:36 AM - edited ‎07-20-2017 08:36 AM

In the beginning we had like 4 ADSLs 8/1.


Last year we had a 40mbps FTTO, but it wasn't sufficient for the press people...


So this year we've got a 200mbps FTTO for everything sensitive (staff, security ...), and 200Mbps FTTH for everything else.

We maxed those out multiple times during the event.


On site we are going to deploy more fiber every year, we've already got plans for the years to come.

by Ubiquiti Employee
on ‎07-20-2017 05:07 PM

Very cool deployment!

3 weeks ago

Votre installation est vraimant super bien organisé

Qu'avez vous utiliser pour la gestion des logs? 

sur quelle machine avez vous installer le controleur Unifi