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Port of Poulsbo - Marina Wireless (Phase 1)

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The Challenges:

Deliver secure and reliable wireless internet for guest moorage at the Port of Poulsbo. Current wireless internet solution is unreliable with little technical support and zero room for improvement. We needed to install equipment that is durable and can hold up to the inclement weather conditions of the Northwest.

The Results:

The Port of Poulsbo now has reliable internet access coverage for all of their guest moorage slips. The designed system allows for immediate growth for additional coverage of the long term slip rentals. Port management is no longer receiving complaints about unreliable wireless services and now has a marketing tool that will help attract tourists to Poulsbo.

The Details:

The Port of Poulsbo's new wireless system is run with Pepwave antenna's. These antennna's are specifically designed for marina deployments. KNS recommended and installed a enterprise radius router/firewall so that many different access and billing options were available. In addition the Port is now able to capitalize on wireless marketing if they choose. Currently the wireless is free for existing moorage clients, however the option to charge is available through the routers portal via PayPal or private service.

The Port privisioned a dedicated internet line specifically for this access. Current internet speeds to the router are 10Mbps down and 5Mbps up. Upon installation a site survey was completed and signal strenght on all moorage slips never dropped below 89%, with download speeds being recorded at the full 10Mbps as well as the full 5Mbps for upload.

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Port of Poulsbo - Marina Wireless (Phase 2)

The Challenges:

Phase 2 of the Port of Poulsbo wireless install was to use the existing internet connection that was provisioned for Phase 1 and extend the wireless footprint to cover the 6 moorage docks that make up the "long-term" guests. The total distance of these docks from the main office location is 1/3 of a mile. Connectivity needed to be solid as many of these guests currently had wireless connectivity via a wireless carrier and they were incurring monthly charges.

The Results:

The "long-term" guest docks now have wireless internet and this is managed through the Port's wifi use policy. It is a value-add for the port which is already seeing additional benefits from the wireless.

The Details:

The extension to the "long-term" moorage is delivered over the new 5Ghz EnGenius backhaul radio's. Due to the distance we decided to use a backhaul radio in addition to the Pepwave 2.4Ghz AP radio which delivers the internet access to guests. The management of these radios is seemless which puts the control of uernames/accounts/management back into the Port's hands, further reducing costs.