We pitched this ideal to a local resort on Mille Lacs Lake to expand their guest wireless out to their premier fish houses that they rent out to guests. With this service guests would be able to stream services  like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Youtube, check emails, surf the net, etc while they are fishing. The resort liked the ideal and it would be a service that no other resort on the lake currently offers. So we are starting with a trial by installing wireless in just one of their fish houses to show the resort that this concept will work. If everything works this winter they will be adding this service to an estimated 5 to 10 other Premier Fish Houses.

 


Equipment Used in Project:

1 – Litebeam 5AC 16 120 Radio

1 – IsoStation 5AC CPE

2 – Ubnt Fiber-POE Media Converters

2 – Ubnt Multi-Mode SFP’s

1 – Ubnt NanoSwitch

1 – Unifi AC-Lite Access Point


We started out temporarily running about 800ft 6-count Multi-mode fiber from one of the guest cabins that already had wireless to the end of the resorts dock to mount the Ubnt Litebeam AC 16 120 PTMP Antenna on top of the their light pole.

We used one of ubnt new NanoSwitch at the cabin to temporarily tie into the current wireless network. We then installed one of the ubnt Fiber-POE Media Converter off the NanoSwitch. Both the NanoSwitch and Fiber-POE are being power from a Unifi 8-160W Switch

At the end dock we installed the Litebeam 5AC 16 120 about 18 to 20 Feet off the water, and the other Fiber-POE is also installed at the end of the dock to feed the LiteBeam 5AC 16 120 Radio.

Ubnt AIRMAX Base for Fish House Wireless


The Fish House that we are testing  the wireless is a estimated 1 1/2 to 2 Miles off shore. We installed the IsoStation 5AC on a mast that is also from Ubiquiti. And we then installed a Unifi AC-Lite inside the fish house to provide the wireless service.

 


After we had everything installed it was time to aim the radio’s. We did run into a some line of sight issues due to a Island and how the shore lines goes out to a point. Even with those issues we where able to get a stable connection of around 20 to 30 Mbps which is what we were looking for a roku to work. We watched a HD Movie from the roku and we had no buffering on the stream. So we determined this project is a success.

Once the resort moves the fish house out to open area directly out front from the resort we are expecting better signal and speed.

 

 

Update 1/15/2017:  We made couple of changes with the radio on shore by moving the channel to the middle of the spectrum and by increasing the transfer power. The wireless became more stable and the link speed increased by almost 4 times

 

 

If you have a resort or have a fish house with property on land and want to do something like this please contact us at [email protected] or Send a Text to 651-356-1066 and we will be more then happy to design and setup WiFi out to your fish houses.

 

Update: 1/29/2019

 

We have added 10 additional fish houses to these installations. The estimated distance from shore to the fish house is about 3 miles.

We have replaced the Litebeam 5AC 16 120 Radio with PrismStation 5AC with a Horn-5-90 from Ubiquiti. Each Fish house has 1 LiteBeam 5AC Gen2 and 1 UAP-AC-Lite Access Point.

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