Rural Wireless Solar Network ExtensionPublished: 9/7/20, 1:33 PM
In some cases, due to terrain or obstacles such as trees, a household looking at connecting to our Rural Wireless service may not have line-of-sight to our local Rural Wireless tower.
Even an object as simple as a tree can create problems, if a tree stands between your house and the local tower the service may work during winter but come summer when the tree grows its leaves, it may become completely unworkable.
In the first instance, we try and work around line-of-sight issues by running cables around the property (up to 100m) or installing a Local Network Extension. These are our most cost-effective extension options so check out the page we've linked above.
Where a Local Network Extension isn't appropriate, we can do a Solar Network Extension.
How it works is we identify a location on your property that can see our tower (typically a hill), that can also see the other buildings that you are wanting to connect, including your home.
The Solar Network Extension package includes installing a pole, solar panel, and two heavy-duty batteries.
We will then connect a regular Rural Wireless receiver and an additional wi-fi repeater that provides a 1.5km local coverage extension. We then proceed to connect all the residences with regular installations with each installation signing up for its own plan with Full Flavour.
If there is a neighbouring property that would also like to connect, we do encourage this as this helps reduce your cost of establishing the repeater.
Upon completing the installation, the solar repeater becomes part of our network which we commit to maintaining for a minimum period of 5 years, in line with the life expectancy of the equipment including batteries.
Full Flavour retains ownership of any equipment supplied.
Full Flavour charges a one-off $5000 fee for establishing a Solar Network Extension, however for each connection joining at the same time on our annual plan option, this fee reduces by $1000.
Example 1: If you and one neighbour connect together on an annual plan, the one-off fee becomes $3000 and how you split that with your neighbour is up to you.
Example 2: If you and four neighbours connect together on an annual plan, we waive the fee.
Some conditions do apply: all neighbours need to have line-of-sight to the new solar repeater and be within 5km distance of it. The solar repeater isn't designed for more than 5 connections, if we need to connect more than 5 households or reach longer distances, we need to put in more radio equipment which in turn has a larger solar & battery requirement. These builds are possible but are priced on application.
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