Description of setup
1) “Catch” the 4G signal on top of the ridge: 4G router (tplink AC1200) with an external 4G directional Antenna – the antenna is square shaped. A Very SIM card is being used, which gave a better throughput in Daglio than ho.
2) Share the internet with a long distance Wi-Fi signal (with directional antenna built-in): in this case 300 meter to the Daglio building. One “Sending” device on the ridge (TP-Link CPE510) (this is a long distance wifi device with a directional antenna built-in). This device is white, about 7 cm wide, about 25 cm high)
3) “Receiver” device for that long distance Wi-Fi signal (same type of device but configured as receiver: TP-Link CPE510)
4) Normal Wifi router (TP-Link Archer C6 AC1200) to share the internet over Wi-Fi
On the ridge of the mountain (in the forrest) we have:
– The electricity extension cable arriving. The socket goes into a water proof box which contains the 4G router as well as the the power adaptor for the CPE510 which provides power over Ethernet on the Ethernet cable to the device.
– Outgoing cables from that water proof box is for the antenna for the 4G router and the network cable to the CPE510 which is by itself a weather proof device and outside of the box (since it contains the directional antenna, it needs to be pointed to the Daglio building where the receiving device will “catch” the signal
On the balcony on the “receiving side” we have:
– The receiving device CPE510, which shows in led’s on the side if it has power (PoE), if there is traffic at the moment, and how strong the signal is it receives from the “sending” device (is always full power, since these devices can communicate over 10 km, in our case, only 300 m)
– The Ethernet cable from that device goes to the PoE device (which provides power to the cable for the CPE510 outside) and then is connected to the “Internet source” port on the normal Wifi router.
– Important: this Ethernet cable is at risk of being stuck (and damaged) between the door from Shri Mataji’s room to the terras, so there is a need to keep these terras doors open all the time and prevent them from being closed because of wind. (for now)
– Location of the receiving long distance Wi-fi device (CPE510) is at the metal bar which supports the roof at the corner of the balcony which is furthest away from the walls, attached just under the roof (with the re-usable straps), directed to the forest (location of the sending long distance Wi-Fi device). A little wooden stick is used on the Wi-Fi device on the back at the bottom between the bar and the device to point it slightly upwards (towards the place in the forest where the Wi-Fi sending device is).
Closing at the end of the camp
– On the balcony: remove the CPE510 device and the Ethernet cable. Together with the Wifi router, the 2 power adapters, one more Ethernet cable the power extension cable: store everything in a box in the tools room clearly labelled: “Daglio internet: Do not touch”.
– On the mountain ridge (take a big flat screw driver with you to open the waterproof box) Collect the 4G external antenna, the CPE510 and the water proof box. (you can leave the metal pole there), and store it also in a box in the tools room clearly labelled: “Daglio internet: Do not touch”.
– Regarding the 300 meter long power extension cable, you’ll need minimum 2 people specifically for this job to collect it since it is so heavy. You’ll need good skills with cables to roll-up the cable in a nice way (with loops on your shoulder for example). Best way for me till now is to roll-up half of the cable, which is then carried by one person, the second person than rolls up the rest. Storage can be in a big cardboard box in the tools room or in one of the dorms.
Location of the devices in the forest
– Go diagonally uphill after exiting the girls dorm (northern dorm) from the backside (where we have the grass field and do havan’s), there is a path in the beginning. You pass by the tree house. Then continue going very slightly upwards to the left, until a point where it is going quite steep uphill and you can see the water pipe from our source laying on the ground. Go up the steep part and continue on the flat surface for 30 to 40 meters. then go diagonally upwards (for about 30 to 40 meters, it’s quite steep) till you see a metal bar attached to a tree. The bar is used to attach the 4G antenna (in the direction diagonal to the ridge – to the left side of the ridge) and the long distance Wi-Fi device (CPE510) which is directed to the balcony of the house. Re-usable straps are used to fix it on the metal bar. A little wooden stick is used on the Wi-Fi device on the back at the top between the bar and the device to point it slightly downwards (towards the balcony).
– 4G router shows a led light when it can receive the 4G signal (4G router is in the waterproof box so only visible when the box is open, and the led light is not easily visible in sunlight)
– The sending Wi-Fi router shows 1 led if it has power, and 4 or 5 leds which are fully illuminated when it is sending a signal.
– The receiving Wi-Fi router shows 1 led if it has power, and 4 or 5 leds which are showing the level of signal it is receiving from the sending device. (having these leds on proofs it is receiving a signal from the sending Wi-Fi device. it does not proof that the 4G router has a 4G connection.
– It is possible that the amount of GB data is finished, we have a sim from the brand Very which has a limited amount of downloads per month, when this amount is reached, you can pay for a month more of data which can then be continued to be used in this month. You can extend 3 times I think. I think you get a message on your browser from the 4G TP-link router that no internet connection can be made – something like that anyway. (if you see the message, would be good to take a picture so we can document it better here) – Narayana has an app on his phone where he can see how much data has been used and can also extend the data for that month.
– Some information about the Power over Ethernet power supplies. Basically, a network cable attaches to the CPE510 (which is the device used to send and receive the long distance Wi-fi signal). This CPE510 device uses PoE (power over ethernet), this means the ethernet cable should also contain the power for the device to be able to run. The router connecting to the CPE510 connected with the ethernet cable is not able to provide power on that cable, that’s why there is a device in between where the ethernet cable from the router goes into the LAN port, and you have an ethernet connection labeled PoE which connects the ethernet signal and adds the power. That port should have the ethernet cable going to the CPE510.
– charged 10€ – 26-06-23
– charged 10E – 12-07-23
– Upgraded sim contract to 8.99E for 250 GB/month due to no possibility to recharge within the month.
– Very app