After careful consideration of the location, the legislation and the terrain, we weighted different options to find the optimal solution.
The chosen solution was to build an autonomous repeater (radio-relay) communication station on the hill between the casino and the tourist base in line of sight of the casino, the tourist base and two of the communication towers
Autonomous repeater (radio-relay) communication station was to be powered by alternative power sources due to it's remoteness from both casino and tourist base
The antennas (radio-relay) communication station was to be protected from the elements as it gets to +40 in the summer and -50 in the winter
Autonomous repeater (radio-relay) communication station was to act as a signal splitter to bridge both the Casino and the tourist base to the Internet
The distance between the the Internet provider and the location of the project was a respectable 5km, over forest and mountain, so we need a 6 moderate power antennas as three bridges. Once we knew the requirements we chose the most practical technology to achieve the desired results. We used top quality affordable devices which we configured for optimal performance.
Six full duplex 18dBi 5GHz directional antennas with horizontal and vertical polarization with gigabit PoE injector (power over ethernet)
Configurable router to split the signal
Two large solar panels on the roof of the box. Six hours of sun to achieve full battery charge
Solar controller, temperature controller connected to a fan, power controller for the router. Energy is stored in 2 high-capacity car batteries enough to last two weeks of no sunlight
Installation and construction could be the trickiest part of the project due to terrain or environment concerns. In this case through our research we found a location on the hill where constructing a tower wasn't necessary as we had line-of-sight of everything we needed to see
All we needed is a mast, a box for the controllers, router and the car batteries and a cabin
A simple cabin had to be insulated and painted white, to protect it from the sun rays in the hot summer and from the cold in the winter
The box was again insulated apart from the opening where the fan was located (activated through temperature controller at +55C to cool the box)
The mast was tested against strong wind
We aim to finalize the projects as soon as they are complete, meaning that once finished - these projects will require minimal, preferably no maintenance and support.
It is reasonable to expect for a well constructed set up to require no maintenance/support for up to five, sometimes 10 years and more.
For minor changes, configuration and monitoring we have the option to access the router remotely
We don't expect the site to require any additional work, as other similar installations have been up and running for up to 6 years without problems
Eventually the solar panels and the car batteries will need replacement - in approximately 25 and 10 years respectively
The set up and the project documentation left the necessary instructions regarding possible site upgrades
IT personnel were trained to operate the set up
We left a two year conditional guarantee