Campground Wi-Fi at Mardon Resorts

Incredible deployment at Mardon!


Wi-Fi at Crescent Bar

Located a few hours' drive from Seattle, Washington, Crescent Bar is a prime recreation destination on the Columbia River. Sputnik-powered Wi-Fi has enabled fast and reliable service for visitors of Crescent Bar for five years and counting.

Home to many resort rental properties, housing and campsites, Crescent Bar sees thousands of visitors each season. This includes Sunserra, Thousand Trails Camp Ground, The Cliffs, The Orchards, Crescent View, RV Park at the Island, and more. This area is approximately two miles from beginning to end.


The challenge: deliver cost-effective, reliable Wi-Fi through the region. Vacationers need access to high-speed Internet and are willing to pay for it, but only if it works dependably whenever they need it.

The solution: deploy a number of rugged, outdoor Sputnik-powered Ubiquiti devices through the area. Deploy captive portal authentication at the router level, or for busy locations, use a Sputnik-Powered Ubiquii Edgerouter Lite. Rely on Sputnik for all WI-Fi purchase transactions via credit card or PayPal, and keep all revenues as Sputnik doesn't take a cut.

Results: customers pay on average $7.99USD per day for excellent Wi-Fi service and the site generates significant income for its operator.

Here are some example deployments within Crescent Bar.

RV Park at the Island

To the right on the light pole you can a single Sputnik-Powered Ubiquiti NanoStation M2 servicing the entire campground area with its 60° dual-polarized antenna. The Internet backbone is fiber optics for fast, reliable service. The campground consists of 80 campsites which are full during summer months.

RV park

Wi-Fi at the Crescent Bar Condominiums (CBC)

Due to antenna and building restrictions, Sputnik-Powered hotspots are the CBC’s main source of Internet. Mounted high up on the light pole on the left side of the picture, below, is a Sputnik-Powered Ubiquiti Rocket M2 with a three-foot 120° dual-polarized sector. This single high-gain antenna can deliver a clear Wi-Fi signal several hundred feet and into each condominium unit.


Wi-Fi Backhaul

Looking high above Crescent Bar, these redundant Ubiquiti 5 GHz AirMax access points power each hotspot. These antennas have a 120° pattern and can reach each the Sputnik-Powered Wi-Fi routers with signal levels of -60 dBi or greater.

Antenna  Overview

New Rochelle Municipal Wi-Fi

CEDX reports that the City of New Rochelle uses Sputnik to manage its municipal Wi-Fi network. HD Communications is the system integration and operations subcontractor, with Wireless Edge being the prime. We installed a Motorola Canopy/Tropos MetroMesh solution as the first phase of an eventual city wide network. The management backend is a Sputnik system.

From the press release:

Ralph DiBart, the BID Executive Director, noted that the Wi-Fi Network provides a valuable and free communications link for a wide range of constituents in the New Rochelle BID area. "As the City rebuilds downtown New Rochelle for the new century, the BID wants to insure that our technology infrastructure also looks to the future. Wireless communication is no longer an amenity but a necessity for a vibrant business community."

New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson noted, "This is an exciting development for New Rochelle in several respects. It makes New Rochelle the first in the region to be equipped with this technology on a large scale and it’s another example of the continuing commitment of the BID to help move forward New Rochelle’s economic revitalization strategy for downtown with innovation and vision.”

Craig Plunkett from CEDX states: “HD Communications is the system integration and operations subcontractor, with Wireless Edge being the prime. We installed a Motorola Canopy/Tropos MetroMesh solution as the first phase of an eventual city wide network. The management backend is a Sputnik system.”


Ripple Wi-Fi takes Atlanta

Founded in 1997, Ripple provides managed IT services and consulting for many of Atlanta’s most successful growing companies.

When CEO Mike Landman read in in 2004 on JIWIRE that Atlanta ranked dead last of the 10 largest U.S. cities in the number of wireless hotspots, he didn’t get mad. He got creative. With Sputnik.

“We looked at a lot of options, but settled on Sputnik because their technology is the least expensive and the easiest to deploy—just drop off an AP at the hotspot, plug it into broadband, and you’re up and running.”
—Mike Landman, CEO, Ripple

Utilizing inexpensive Sputnik wireless access points, Ripple built a free wireless network for the citizens of Atlanta. With over 75 locations and 20,000+ subscribers, Ripple Wi-Fi, using Sputnik has changed the wireless landscape in Atlanta.

Here’s how it works: local Atlanta businesses who want to offer free wireless broadband access to their patrons apply on Ripple’s site. $55 a month covers everything WiFi. Ripple installs, configures and maintains their wireless access point, then they manage it, promote it, and keep it secure. It sounds simple, and it is.

Ripple uses SputnikNet to centrally manage their growing network of hotspots and to enable the local businesses to broaden wireless experience they offer with customized captive portal pages. The business builds customer loyalty, patrons get free wireless access, and Ripple gets the credit for unwiring Atlanta. In short, everybody wins.

Next time you’re in Atlanta, look for a Ripple hotspot. And next time you’re reading JIWIRE, check the list: Atlanta’s moving up.

UPDATE: JiWire now rates Atlanta as the number one most unwired city in the U.S. Way to go, guys!


Wi-Fi at Boston University, United Kingdom

Every year, 600 smart college students study at Boston University’s U.K campus, located in the heart of London. Now, with a world of information at their fingertips, they’re even smarter, thanks to wireless Internet access from Sputnik.

Ivan Dimitrov, campus system administrator, researched a variety of wireless options before selecting Sputnik. He wanted to provide students with wireless access via username/password, and to track and manage activity on every access point on the network. He needed a solution that was easy to implement, flexible, and cost-effective enough to deployed throughout the campus. Finally, because the network would be deployed in a densely populated area of London, he needed to avoid interference from nearby Wi-Fi networks.

“It took me exactly six minutes to set up Sputnik Control Center. It is very easy to configure and integrate, and has very impressive features.”
—Ivan Dimitrov, Boston University British Programmes

Ivan tried other wireless solutions, but found them hard to manage, expensive, and difficult to scale. They didn’t work well with the firewalls installed at various campus locations. And there was no way to remotely upgrade network equipment.

Searching the web for a better answer, Ivan found Sputnik. In six minutes, he had Sputnik Control Center running on an inexpensive, “low spec” Intel server. With the money he saved on hardware, he was able to have a second server on standby for disaster recovery. Then he began to deploy Sputnik access points across various campus buildings and dormitories. The students took to the network immediately. Wi-Fi is heavily used in classrooms, where students access content to supplement and enhance lectures.

Ivan has real-time visibility into the wireless network as a whole, and the operation of any access point. He can take immediate action if there is a network problem, wireless interference, or if someone is using too much bandwidth.

Ivan will expand his wireless Sputnik network to additional student residences by the end of the year. In addition, the University is looking into using Sputnik to offer paid Wi-Fi services to library visitors, and outdoor wireless access.

At Boston University, access to knowledge has always been the goal. With Sputnik, it’s in the air.