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Old 10-21-2018, 01:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have been a regular party animal, once a week I always go to a party or to clubs with my friends. The best thing about the party is the music festival that happens around the world, one of my favourite is Tomorrow land and UMF which is the absolute mega event with most renowned artist and DJ's come to perform. So recently I went to this event that was happening in the outskirts of Toronto. As you know most of these events will be connected via an internet connection or public WiFi will available for people to post there videos or images. After a couple of hours later, my batteries were draining very fast as I was using mobile data for a long time. So I tried to connect with the event WiFi and I was surprised with the performance and connectivity process. It was much better than the bigger events. So I am planning to host a similar event at my college festival. I would like to know how can I get better event internet solution? What are the main criteria for that?

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Old 10-23-2018, 07:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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What is your IT skill level? Novice, hobbyist, etc?

The first thing you need is an actual reliable Internet connection. If you are having this event on campus, theres a good chance your school / university has Internet available somewhere. My company does event WiFi all the time, so I can tell you the first problem you'll probably run into is getting the Internet to the actual event area. For that, a pack of 2 of these little guys comes in handy: http://a.co/d/fvDXCJj - Basically set them up, plug them into Ethernet, then point them at eachother. One plugs into the Internet source, the other plugs into an access point in the event area. Instant long-range WiFi.

Next, you'll need to setup access points, the devices that people's phones and devices will connect to. For event WiFi I'd definitely suggest you look into these here: http://a.co/d/gPeWrHR

These Ubiquiti mesh units are great - especially because of the meshing feature. Basically you put a few up on some tripods in a general area, and they'll all connect to each other and pass Internet down the chain. We've had success with 2-3 covering a pretty large field (144 feet by 97 feet). These do take a little bit of networking knowledge to get setup, but its nothing too impossible. They are controlled by a software known as the Unifi Controller - it comes with a fancy GUI and all. For an intro to Unifi wireless (this applies to all their access points, mesh units included), check out this page: https://lazyadmin.nl/home-network/ho...-access-point/

Essentially it will boil down to if you can get a reliable internet uplink at the site. If you can do that, your set.

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Old 10-27-2018, 11:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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+1 for using Ubiquiti for this scenario.
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