The Yogi Bear Campground Resort in Milton, NH has 300 camp sites and roughly 30 luxury guest cabins. The campground is heavily wooded in the heart of the New Hampshire Lakes Region. The campgrounds goal was to provide internet access to all camp sites. The campground wanted to offer a free basic WiFi broadcast to all guests (2 Mbps) and also offer a premium high speed broadcast (10 Mbps) for a minimal fee.
Wenworth CCTV engineered such a system. We first ensured adequate bandwidth by strategically creating two main distribution points using the main office and a bath house with existing internet. Both internet modems have a gigabit of internet from the Internet Service Provider. We installed MikroTik wired routers and EnGenius gigabit PoE switches to each modem to establish infrastructure that could handle peak bandwidth requirements.
Wentworth CCTV then installed high speed 5GHz wireless EnStation5-ac access points to create bridges, or virtual wires, connecting the distribution points to each access point that distributes WiFi. Each bridge has line of site to the next to create maximum throughput. This technology is called "Point to Point Distribution" and is able to handle the high demand for Wi-Fi in todays campgrounds. Older "Mesh" technology, where each access point jumps off the one closest to it, is not effective in a campground as each "jump" reduces available bandwidth by about 50%. This result is the last access point in line being able to distribute minimal speed, creating unusable "junk wifi". The WiFi6 access points are cloud managed and feature MU-MIMO (Multiple Units- Multiple Input Multiple Output) technology to ensure dozens of users can connect to each access point. Line of site was again a huge must, as to provide adequate signal to each site line of site to the access point is necessary.
Lastly, to implement a pay wall to allow guests the ability to purchase premium WiFi speed, we used the cloud to connect the system to the Wentworth CCTV paywall. Guests are able to purchase WiFi using the WiFi system instantly 24/7 without a voucher program or visiting the camp store.