Making Connections: Long Range Wireless Access for Multiple Buildings

This week we had the extreme pleasure of helping a business connect up multiple buildings to a central office with very little cost.

A couple weeks ago we were asked by a local logistics company to price out multiple Internet connections, firewalls, routers and so forth for 4 buildings that they purchased directly around their central office. The purpose of these new acquisitions was to divide up divisions from an already overcrowded central office.

We had a meeting, discussed what they were looking to do and scrapped the entire thing.

Point-to-Point Long Range Wireless Access Points

Basically, we utilized Ubiquiti NanoBeam point-to-point long-range wireless access points. I can only tell you this: they are fantastic! For only a couple hundred dollars for 2 buildings, we were able to get them a gigabit network speed on the exact same subnet as their central office. Their central office already had Charter Communications, and we had upgraded them to the 300 x 7 Internet speed. It would be a waste of Internet and cost if we installed a firewall and charter at each of the buildings. One of the things they do not tell you about in VPN communications is, your fastest VPN speed is the slowest common denominator. So let’s go back to that charter connection shall we, the 300 x 7, would only be able to give you 7 MB speed between the central office and branch offices, which were buildings right next to each other.

That is 1995 speed. Unacceptable.

Quick Install, Huge Savings

So installing multiple metal beams at the central building, on each building that they just acquired, and putting in high speed Cisco switches that they are currently utilizing in the central office, they were able to get the speed they need, the reliability that they wanted, and at 1000th the price if we had gone with multiple Internet connections and firewalls.

With Ubiquiti hardware, our clients do not need to pay for a yearly licensing fee. Basically, by set it and forget it.

If you have a building that you’re trying to connect to even many miles away, we have a solution for you. Contact us at Triton Technologies to learn more.

Always Online: Industries That Never Sleep

We have a client who absolutely must be online, ALL THE TIME.

Are they a stock broker? A police station? Bank? Nope. Solar array farm. Yup, fields, and fields of solar panels.

The Power Must Flow

Why? Simple. The electric company doesn’t tell them when they aren’t generating power, and if there is no power being generated, the return on investment of the solar panels is not be fulfilled, aka losing money.

Back in the day, they would drive out to the farm every morning and look at the day’s performance and compare it with the previous day. Up and down the rows and rows of panels they would inspect the panels and hope they were working fully and not just look like they were. It was an all day job and you’d have to pay someone to do it. Issues were hard to detect and when they happened, it might take you months to find and resolve the issue.

A New Controller System and a Botched IT Installation

Luckily the panel manufacturer made two years ago a controller system that would query each panel and see how it was producing, costly, but worth it. What did they didn’t provide was the communication system, so they worked with a local IT company to install a wifi and a cellular link.

2 years later, and dozens of replacement of hardware, that solution was obviously NOT commercial grade. The owner was spending a similar amount in costs which were supposed to be saved in defective ineffective hardware.

That is when he contacted Triton for a solution, and that is exactly what we did.

Triton Installs Industrial WiFi

What exactly did we do?

  • Installed multiple Ubiquiti Nanobeam AC point to point access points for wifi at each of the rows to a central tech shed.
  • Within that shed, we installed a Multitech rCell with TaoGlass cellular antenna amplifier.
  • That was connected it all to our at&t partner wireless network provided by with our cellular wholesaler Data2GoWireless.
  • With Cisco industrial switches connecting them all.

It was installed a month ago with 8 solar farms, and setup was completed within 3 days.

Always Online IT for Always Online Industries

We followed up with them yesterday, and how many times did they have to reset anything: Zero. That is right, zero times, from the cellular router to the access points to the switches, it all worked. It was installed in the dead of winter with snow around and it performed flawlessly. Their labor cost plummeted and their production was now consistent. Issues could now be resolved immediately and notifications of the problems when they arose was near instant. No more going up and down the fields like you were patrolling for raptors at Jurassic Park, but instead located in an office 10 miles away sitting at a workstation LITERALLY seeing the money rolling in and on the power grid.

Lesson learned, if you want to go big, you need to get the big dog hardware. Hardened, commercial industrial grade hardware that provides consistent and reliable communications is cheaper in the long term that anything you’ll save up front. Learn more about our IT service for the Energy Industry, as well as related fields such as Manufacturing, Transportation, and Government. If you’re in an always online industry, contact us to make sure it stays that way.

Why Restaurants Need WiFi

If your restaurant wants to survive, it needs wifi.

When it comes to selling more restaurants need to attract more clients or high-priced clients. How does a business do that? Business clients, high spenders, people that will spend hour after hour sitting and ordering, not just one thing, but many things.

How does a hospitality facility do that? Good wireless.

Wifi is Now Inexpensive

Wireless has come a long way in the last couple of years and it is extremely inexpensive. Vendors such as our preferred vendor Ubiquiti offers a captive portal for restaurants to also help generate marketing data. For a client to use their wireless, they need to sign up, like or add a page from their website to social media. This helps with mailing lists, mailers, and helps demographic data to be compiled.

In the past, it used to be terribly expensive, but now for easily under $1000 a business can establish powerful access points, gateways, and switches which are all cloud controlled and accessible on any device.

Wifi is Now Secure (When Setup Properly)

How secure is it? Very. Many wireless isolates their clients, and VLANs the traffic making it nearly impossible to snoop and you can have multiple networks on a single managed switch without any extra cost. By isolating it out it makes it PCI compliant allowing the credit card devices to be on the same wire as the wireless network.

As a user who is mobile, I purposely patronage businesses that have wifi and will continue to do so into the distant future.

Want to learn more about Wifi installations and how quickly they can be set up? Check out our blog about Ubiquiti wifi and how we rigged a full hotel for high-speed wifi in less than 8 hours. Then make sure to contact us.

Why We Recommend Ubiquiti Wireless Access

Wifi isn’t complicated. What is complicated is people.

For a long time, most small business would go out to their local office supply store, purchase a router, create wifi and give it no password so their patrons could access it without an issue. Those days are long gone. Businesses need to scale and the wireless network technology has arrived to allow it.

Good Wifi: A Product and a (Quick) Story

Ubiquiti Wireless Access with Triton Technologies logo.

We recommend a brand called Ubiquiti. Never heard of them? They are the secret for many MSPs and IT consultants. Their technology is simple to install, simple to manage, and easy to deploy.

A prime example is a hotel we did in Massachusetts. Over 90 access points, 6 switches, 2 gateways, 1 load balancer and we got the install done in a day. Literally. All the changes, tweaks and configurations were done within 7 hours with only 30 minutes downtime programming the switches. It was truly a great feat to see.

With their technology it is also cloud based, so any network changes, from their login portal, firmware updates and more are done entirely over a web browser. It is a joy to access and modify the settings.

Why is Wifi Important for a Business Owner?

Wifi brings customers. From hospitals, hotels, restaurants, and more, wifi is an integral part of their business. The longer a client can sit at a restaurant, the more they order, the greater the profit. For motels and hotels, to get the luxurious conference contracts, businesses need to get great wifi and services like Ubiquiti can provide that service quickly with a minimum of fuss.

What makes them so great?

  1. No licensing costs. You bought it, you own it and can operate it until you replace it.
  2. Easy to install. Industry standard design, compact design and easy to install hardware kits.
  3. Cloud manageable. Just log into a single website and access thousands of sites at the click of a mouse.
  4. Low cost. Their access points are easily under a $100 price point.
  5. Accessories. Literally hundreds of easy to access accessory devices such as external mounts, antennas and more.
  6. Simple technology. The interface is clean, no fluff, no ads: just easy to read and understand menus and interface.

With hundreds of deployments, from the single access point or thousands of units throughout Worcester, we recommend the Ubiquiti line of wireless technology.

Let’s help you get it installed at your business.