Dr Alan Holt of IP Performance has had an article published in Linux Magazine on how to monitor home energy use securely with SSH and OpenWrt through an encrypted reverse tunnel using an Open Mesh OM1P as the hardware platform.
We needed wireless capability to supply 30 bedrooms.
Having researched the market, we found that Utility Networks provided the best pricing for the Open Mesh units.
The units arrived in a box with easy to follow instructions and in no time all were deployed to ensure coverage across the hotel.
Utility Networks are easy to contact in the unlikely event that one is not able to set up the dashboard or even if you just need help.
St Moritz Hotel, Cornwall
“We approached Utility Networks as we had a requirement to provide a full Wi-Fi service to our 16 bedrooms. We were impressed with the professionalism shown by the company and were grateful for the thorough explanation and installation of the Open Mesh solution. Utility Networks provided everything they said they would and could and we now have much better coverage than I expected.
I would not hesitate to recommend this company as nothing was too much trouble and they took the time to listen to my request and acted swiftly upon my needs."
Mee Ling Roper, The Ayrlington Hotel
We needed wireless capability to supply the internet to an external building some thirty yards from the main barn. Having been advised by several high street stores that I needed to spend in excess of £100 on the necessary equipment, to my utter frustration and annoyance I found that this simply did not work.
I contacted Utility Networks who were happy to come and discuss their products and services.
Considering my urgent need, they agreed to perform a site assessment on the same day.
There may be situations where you need to use an OM1P (Open Mesh Professional Router) without the need of any meshing, dashboard or internet access. We have found a firmware called OpenWRT that will go on an OM1P unit and give you that flexibility. OpenWRT (http://openwrt.org) is a Linux distribution for embedded devices, which enables you to customize the device to suit your needs through the use of their package system.
A wireless mesh networks (WMN) comprises a number of devices with the ability to communicate via radio. Wireless links are formed between nodes within range of each other (neighbours). Depending upon the sophistication of the underlying technology, links are self-forming, self-organising and self-healing. There are three types of WMN device:
* mesh client
* mesh router
Municipal and residential wireless local area networks (WLANs) have undergone steady growth over recent years. WLANs have been successfully deployed in both indoor and outdoor environments. This has facilitated a steady migration from cellular networks to unlicensed band based networks (emergency service organisations, for example).