Last week we were called in to install a wireless network at a small caravan site near Lancaster. The owner wanted a solution for his caravan customers so they could get Internet access from their caravans. Meraki equipment makes setting up a 'hotspot' like this very easy. We decided to use the Meraki Outdoor Unit, which is a weatherproof wireless mesh access point and repeater. It only needs a single ethernet cable to provide the uplink, in this case from a BT Businesshub, the power is also sent down the same cable.
We mounted the unit on an adjacent building to the caravans, the owner had kindly installed the Cat 5e cable which we terminated and connected to the Meraki Outdoor and to the BT router at the other end.
We had previously configured the wireless network with billing and appropriate network name (SSID), this is all done using the Meraki cloud controller and makes setup and subsequent monitoring a breeze. Once we had installed the unit we did a walk test round the site and got excellent signals in the required areas.
All in all a great install and we were blessed by some great weather! Next we will be reaching for the sky as we setup another Meraki unit for a local parachuting company, watch this space.