I just got an update from GEOspatial Engineering & Optimization (GEO, formerly NEO) about how they can help schools and other pick the most strategic placement of hotpots based on surrounding households. I know many schools (and perhaps others) have been racing to use hotpots to get better broadband to those who need it as quickly as possible to help people keep learning and earning and living online during the coronavirus threat. Here’s what they offer…
When we do an RF design study, we have the option to locate optimum places for hotspots and identify the number of households that are covered by them.
This was originally designed around Ruckus equipment, but the Cisco Aironet series will work with this model. We would recommend 2.5 and 5 ghz channels be set to the 200mw setting and using the 6 db antennas.
The base display shows, based on a cutoff, in this case, of 10 households within wifi range, where we should place the hotspots. These are the purple dots.
We can see alternative locations for hotspots indicating the # of households and hotspots required to service them. By placing the mouse over a dot, we see the number of hotspots required in that area, the square miles of that area, and the number of households served.
We then can come up with an optimal installation strategy – minimizing distance traveled between each installation, shown both as waypoints, and as a route map.