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  Reply # 1875751 1-Oct-2017 21:52
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Both outside, pointing at each other.

 

 

 

Read this thread to see something similar someone else did. https://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=49&topicid=215269

 

Also if you still have disused phone cable down to the gate then you could use that to put 56v down (max for power over ethernet type stuff) and forgo the whole solar carryon.





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At work we use mobotix M12/M15 for this job.

 

Problem for you is you will need >200W of solar plant for all year running of this system - when using 3/4G. If your networking gear uses more than 200 mA @ 12 v, expect more panels :-)

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1875785 2-Oct-2017 01:19
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Geektastic:

 

@michaelmurfy So, if I have one of those on the outside of the house running off mains, the other can be at the gate running off the solar 24v system there, correct? I cannot quite work that out from the specs, not being either an electrical or a network engineer. Does the house one have to also be outside, or would it work if it was inside?

 

Don't worry if you don't know - I was just wondering. I had no idea such things existed.

 

It'll work better if mounted outside (there is mounting brackets you can buy from GoWiFi too) and from there you line it up with the other one (on or near the gate) then you've got a network out there to play around with. You could then power it via solar, battery etc as it just requires 24v.

 

This thread (Moving modem to Road side Pillar box) is something similar where @freakngeek installed some gear at his driveway (just like how you're doing with the gate) and created a wireless link back to his house while powering everything via solar power. I don't know how out of your budget this is but it is an idea. If you can get power to the gate by some means (or have power there already) it'll make your life quite a bit easier.

 

You could even go one step further and put an access point out there too and have a Ring Doorbell at your gate. Just chucking around some ideas.





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  Reply # 1875788 2-Oct-2017 05:24
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Honestly i think you are going to need to pay someone to do this for you going off your questions thus far.


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  Reply # 1875888 2-Oct-2017 09:10
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How is the electric gate powered?

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  Reply # 1876065 2-Oct-2017 12:52
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My Setup at the Pillarbox was not cheap, my wife still frowns
Did remind her that the Lightning storm the other day would most likely have blown up the modem and possibly router like so many others before it over the years.
So the savings will be there in the future.

 

I chose 12v solar vs 24v as cheaper to have single 12v battery vs 2x 12v to make 24v
I use a 12 to 24v DC converter to run the Litebeam's POE
Also beware of MPPT solar controllers will inject noise into VDSL lines, probably also into LAN but not noticeable (by me anyway)

 

But very happy with the setup over all




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  Reply # 1876660 3-Oct-2017 14:00
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RmACK: How is the electric gate powered?

 


Solar, with 2 car batteries essentially.

 

 

 

At present it will be set up with a PIN pad, a key-lockable access button (when unlocked, press to enable easy access to anyone, say for an event or whatever, when locked, nothing happens if you press) and remote access using key fob type things for us in the cars.

 

Also there will be a GSM unit that will allow the emergency services to dial the gate and open it.

 

Since you cannot see the gate from the house, either I ignore the fact that people may turn up unannounced, fail to gain access and leave, or I place a notice giving our phone number and asking them to call (not so keen on that one), or I figure out some sort of camera/intercom thing.

 

The gate installer is going to talk to his suppliers and see what they suggest. Where there is a cable connection they have used a Panasonic intercom system that has a small colour screen on the house end, enabling you to see the visitor and open the gate. 

 

Power to the gate (and thus a cable connection) would double the cost (at least) so not feasible.






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  Reply # 1876777 3-Oct-2017 16:49
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In that case having an Ubiquiti P2P link along with a camera won't add much to the cost. I think putting a ring doorbell out there connected to a wireless network (via a small AP and the P2P link) may work quite well for your needs.

Can be powered from the batteries and current draw will be rather low too.




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  Reply # 1876821 3-Oct-2017 19:26
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You cant see the gate from the house... Can you get line of sight for the wifi link?

No line of sight, no link.




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  Reply # 1877036 4-Oct-2017 09:43
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andrewNZ: You cant see the gate from the house... Can you get line of sight for the wifi link?

No line of sight, no link.

 

 

 

Depends whether a few small olive trees are enough to count as blocking LoS for wifi purposes.






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