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The ComputerClubsCamp2012 needed an internet connection. IPoP (IP over carrier Pigeon) and laser links were discussed, but practicality prevailed and [BOB] organised a couple of 3G dongles.

In brief, put power and ethernet up a 6m pole, connect to a router with USB dongle and plug that in to a 11dB directional Yagi antenna. What could go wrong.

Since 2012, the way we get internet has been largely unchanged, but the way we hold a everything up 6 meters in the air has.

List of people involved in the initial setup in 2012

[BOB] provided the router and 3G USB dongle(s). [DTK] built the enclosure and mast. [MRD], [SLX], [EDO] and [*OX] helped on build night.

What It Is Now

A J-Pole attached to the side of the verandah at the camp grounds Power and ethernet are run up to it and any and all maintenance/sim swaps/realignments can be done by while standing on the roof.

Project plan

We need:

  • An antenna. Yagi 11dB directional antenna (./)

  • A J-Pole (./)

  • OpenWRT router - DLink (./)

  • USB 3G dongle (./)

  • Weatherproof enclosure mounted on mast (./)

  • Tested on Cameron Hall
  • Clamps - [BG3] has ones that can be borrowed while it is Cameron Hall.
  • IPCam for on the pole to look out at the camp