Situation

The customer is located in an area with limited network coverage. The smartphone antennas do not provide sufficient signal to work stably. No provider comes with a wired connection near the area. Since the area is completely off-grid, the system must consume as little power as possible. The connection must be active without interruption, all year round, for continuous monitoring of the systems.

Solutions considered

  • Implementation of a 4G antenna placed at the best possible coverage location.
  • Implementation of a satellite connection.

Implemented solution

In view of the different criteria, the choice was made for a redundant 4G connection. Indeed, this one allows better speeds, a low latency, and a reasonable cost. In comparison, the satellite connection has the disadvantage of high or very high latency.

Operator search

In our case, we have chosen two operators offering so-called “unlimited” connections. These connections usually limit the speed beyond a certain amount of data used. There is never any overcharging when using large volumes.

Choice of hardware

The condition being a low consumption, we opted for a model of the range “Teltonika”. Moreover, these models generally support SIM redundancy by default. To compensate the poor network coverage, it was necessary to use a directional antenna. We worked with “quwireless”.

Additional configuration

Since LTE providers generally do not allow opening ports for direct remote access, it was necessary to configure a constant VPN tunnel with an intermediate server with a fixed IP.

In order to optimize bandwidth usage, both SIMs were configured in load balancing mode.

Conclusion

After installation and analysis, the stabilized signal allowed a stable connection from 15 to 30 Mbps per SIM (load balanced) for a maximum consumption of 7w.

Published:
July 28, 2021
Category:
Technology
Client:
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