Recently I’ve been thinking about setting up a field kit for the Aredn Mesh Network. I’ve seen plenty of people able to setup their nodes at their homes, so I know it’s possible. Setting something up for field use is my challenge. Based upon my research, I think I have a pretty good idea of what is needed, but I’m seeking the advice of “AREDN Elmers” out there to provide some input. I would love to hear your feedback. You can use my contact form to reach me.
Here is my parts list:
|MikroTik LHG XL HP5 Dual Chain Extra Large High Power 27dBi 5GHz CPE Point-to-Point Integrated Antenna (RBLHG-5HPnD-XL-US)||$92.95|
|Tripod Dish Stand||$34.99|
|Mighty Max Battery ML12-12 – 12V 12AH F2 SLA AGM DEEP-Cycle Rechargeable Battery Brand Product||$27.99|
|12V to 24V Converter||$11.99|
|Inline Fuse Holder||$5.59|
(The convert draws 3 amps so maybe a 3A or 5A fuse.)
|15 Foot CAT5 Cable||$6.84|
|A Laptop Computer Running Ubuntu Linux||Already Own|
|For 2.4 Ghz Operations, Add This:||$89.62|
|For Connecting Multi Devices, Consider Something Like This:
MikroTik hAP ac lite Dual-concurrent Access Point (RB952Ui-5ac2nD-US)
|And You’ll Need Something Like This to Power the Router||$17.99|
|Or Use the AGM Battery You Already Have With This
|Need the Antenna to Be Away from Your Base Camp?
Cable Sourcing – 100ft (30m) CAT5e cable, EXTERNAL (outdoor use)
I have researched a lot of solar panels on the market. While there are certainly better panels, the key here is portability. I believe this charging kit would be sufficient for keeping the battery fresh for multi-day field trips. It may even be enough power by itself!
|ALLPOWERS 60W Solar Panel Foldable SunPower Solar Charger||$139.99|
|Solar Charge Controller||$18.49|