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Old 04-15-2019, 06:43 AM   #29
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Actually it's worse than that. If you dig into the WiFi 6 propaganda, they now are starting to talk about the way WiFi handles a large group of "customers". It's not pretty. Think of going back to the end of one big long line every time you blink ....

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We currently see that issue, but there are ways to mitigate it. Taking queues from how cell phone coverage works, we use a mesh system inside the park. It's like having mini-towers and if you walk a couple spaces over, you switch towers. It requires a person with some wireless knowledge to set it up and the first thing you do is turn the power down to minimum on each node. Rather than having 5000 clients on a single node, we can bring it down to a very reasonable and manageable number.

Sadly, most RV parks don't hire knowledgeable IT people. They just buy the most powerful router they can find and put it in the center of the park. When we started to supply this park, we had them put in a 20' metal pole every 4 spaces. The entire park is covered with only 6 poles. He's got a good foundation with the mesh system, he just won't give it the bandwidth that it needs.

By the way, nothing is free. While the mesh system mitigates the situation you are talking about, it adds latency to the connection. The larger the mesh, the more difficult skyping becomes.

Our biggest issue is that we have to supply Internet on the 2.4GHz band because that's what the vast majority of devices expect, but at any one time, there are about 350 rogue SSID in the park. Every hotspot, every vehicle, every trailer, every satellite system seems to provide their own SSID which really clutters things up. Ideally, we would provide only 5.8GHz and each trailer would link into that and provide a local 2.4GHz signal for their own stuff... But that's like herding cats.
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We were in a park in Ft. Meyers Florida and they attempted to do an excellent job with the internet. They had a mesh system and about 5 - 6 poles with equipment. It was a bit hodge-podge, but it worked.

I got to know the gentleman who was running the system. What he explained to me was disheartening. Not only where residences using the internet for small businesses, but they were also "gaming" the system and stealing bandwidth. I had an attack the first day I was there that ask for my Mac address. He also monitored for PlayStation and Xbox (prohibited in the park for online gaming) and would kill their access when he discovered it.

He also warded off attacks from "outside the fence" with people setting up stations to steal as much bandwidth as they can from him. He said it is a constant battle to keep what they had for their guests.

The internet there was fast enough to stream most of the time. He spent a lot of time keeping it this way. I can see why most RV parks just give up and provide very little.
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