When you own several properties, you want to secure them. But how can you stay connected and ensure security without steep monthly bills? The Village of Lockbourne came to Connect You with such a project. Without even a single physical wire connecting all of their buildings, we had to start from the very beginning. What at first seemed a complex and lengthy task ended up being a cinch with the technology Connect You offers today. The project started with the goal of getting connected security cameras on all three Village buildings. We started with the main building, where everything vital for the Village happens. The first course of action was to get rid of the antiquated AT&T DSL line for a Spectrum broadband connection. This would allow the Village to expand their network at any point as their business needs grow and change. Once we were able to get a solid broadband connection into the main building, we began working towards a solution for connecting all three buildings to the network.
At Connect You, we knew the exact technology that would help us accomplish this holistic Village internet solution. Ubiquiti, a leading network manufacturer, offers a lineup of products in their AirMax suite that would help us accomplish what the Village needed. After extensive on-site testing and product research, we nailed down our products of choice. We launched a Ubiquiti Rocket 5AC Prism Gen2 as our main basestation, paired with a 120 degree antenna to cover one entire side of the Village. This combination of products can deliver over 10 miles of coverage which is exactly what the Village needed.
At the Village Lodge and Park sites, we installed a PowerBeam 5AC Gen2. These powerful antennas are able to receive over 500 Mbps of data. After installation and configuration of the antennas, we were able to get a solid network connection between all three buildings without any drops, extending up to a quarter mile from the main building. Over the next few days, we monitored the status of the connections and performed tweaks and enhancements to ensure we had a stable connection for the Village cameras. After further configuration, we were able to hit 100 Mbps consistently on each end of the antennas.
Once a stable and secure network was established, the Village was able to connect to all of the cameras and see them immediately. At Connect You, we configure the network before getting to the job site, so when we ran the wire and installed the cameras, they were already working seamlessly with the NVR. 18 cameras are now connected to this NVR, 13 of which are located at different buildings on the Village site. Thanks to Ubiquiti Networking Technology, we were able to get all of these cameras working together on one interface.
Now the Village of Lockbourne really is “The Connected Village”. They now have all three properties fully secured without paying multiple internet bills and operating on completely separate camera systems. The best part? The Village of Lockbourne is one small step away from becoming their own ISP! With a bit more legwork and investment in hardware, the Village of Lockbourne could start reselling their internet service and putting that money toward further improvement projects. They could also provide free WiFi to residents who visit the Lodge and Park sites. With this small investment in technology, the Village of Lockbourne has stepped into 2020 with the right mindset to accomplish what many larger cities have yet to consider.
Connect You is proud to have partnered with Lockbourne and all of its members to accomplish this task. When it comes to networking, it is important to invest in the right equipment and the right team from the very beginning of the project. If you simply cobble things together over the years, you are not only going to have a lackluster performance, but have to continuously invest in new hardware and network improvements. Let the team at Connect You be your trusted networking advisors on your next project and together, we can build strong, secure, and future proof solutions to fit your technology needs.