It may be necessary in some instances to install a small re-broadcast antenna onto a building to provide a local, high-performance wireless solution in an area previously poorly served by our existing wireless coverage.
For instance, there could be lots of trees or obstacles in the way of our main base station, or the village could be positioned in a valley with hills in the way. In these circumstances we may install one or more Network Boosters to provide fill-in coverage.
The image below shows what a Network Booster looks like.
- There is a 20cm diameter dish (right & in-front) that receives and transmits the main signal to the Network Booster.
- There is a small 10cm tall omni antenna (left & behind) attached to a radio transceiver beneath it.
- Both radios are mounted onto a chimney/ gable end using various types of bracketry as applicable.
- Each radio requires is own network cable that run down into a PoE network switch placed inside the building. These cables provide low voltage power and network to the radios, so there is no need for separate power cables, or mains 230V.
- Inside the building is a PoE network switch. The two cables running down from the radios connect into this switch. The PoE switch is what provides power down the same cable as the data transmissions. It's also what enables the two radios to 'talk' to one another, i.e. receiving and transmitting data in either direction.
- If this building is receiving an Internet connection, and not just used as the 'bounce location', then a Wi-Fi router would connect into the PoE switch on an available port.
- In some cases we will install a UPS or Uninteruptable Power Supply to the system to provide 4 hours of battery backup to the Network Booster in case the mains power fails. This will keep the Network Booster online, and thus any end -user connections who also have power online.
- Typically, the electrical power the Network Booster uses will be less than £1 per week.
Network Booster Examples:
End customers simply have a small receiver, or dish professionally installed onto the outside of their home or business that points to, and connects to the omni antenna.
This is very much a case of a standard installation from here-on-in.