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join:2012-10-26
Fremont, OH
reply to John Galt

Re: Hotspot Calculator Spreadsheet

What system are you using for billing/controller?



John Galt
Forward, March
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join:2004-09-30
Happy Camp
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Pretty much any of the normal hotspot packages will work. By way of example, ARC Wireless has built-in hotspot functionality. UBNT UniFi can do the same...as can others.

What I am trying to avoid in particular is the necessity for human intervention by the manager or such. I have no retail point-of-sale on this project so it has to be automated.



Rhaas
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join:2005-12-19
Bernie, MO

Do you have an idea of what the average length of time a camper may stay at the site?

If the primary use of the area is a campground and not a conference center. I'm not sure I'd do anything less than a day at those prices. I'd do a 1, 2, 3, 7 day time limit. That way people staying 4-6 days will either go for the 7 day or will purchase 2 different time limits.

You don't mention the type of equipment for use in the backhaul from your location to the campground in which the link appears to be at least partially over water. Just be aware of potential multipath and fading issues.
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John Galt
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The maximum length of stay permitted is 14 days. There is no way to know what the churn is. My guess is that most people are on trips and stay at more than one campground along the coast during their travels.

There is a lot of day use there also, so that is the reason for the shorter times. We have had at-length discussions about the pricing and are pretty committed to the rate schedule. Another thing is that Node1 serves another area not indicated on the image. That site is primarily day-use only.

The gear for the PtP will be UBNT NanoBridge M5-25. One end is at 282 ft. and the other at 40 ft. MSL. Path length is 6.63 miles.
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Rhaas
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join:2005-12-19
Bernie, MO

Is the entire path over water? The M5 should do OK.

My guess is that You are going to see a lot of 4-8 hour periods in the day use area and a lot of the 24 hour periods in the camping area. However my gut says that you are leaving money on the table by not having a 2-3 day option that would cover an entire weekend.

I say go with it, but keep everything flexible until you can get your own data and adjust from there.
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I survived Hale-Bopp!