Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston had Wi-Fi all over the place (at least down town, in the market/tourist-y district). They appeared to be using Meraki MR74 or MR84 APs for their city/open Wi-Fi.

Waterfront Park, Charleston, SC
Waterfront Park, Charleston, SC
Waterfront Park, Charleston, SC
Waterfront Park, Charleston, SC

The city’s Wi-Fi network was open for anyone to use (I think? I don’t recall if there was a captive portal). Only real complaint is the side of the broadcast domain 😉.

Charleston, SC, free Wi-Fi

Apart from the city’s Wi-Fi, I noticed that the city and/or police appeared to be using Ubiquity to service cameras around the downtown area.

Charleston, SC

Resort at Panama City Beach Florida

Jekyll Island sits on the US east coast in the state of Georgia and has a few beaches that face the Pacific Ocean. On one such beach the hotel/resort had installed Wi-Fi.

Update Jan 5 2018: Oops. One of my travel mates pointed out that this was actually at a resort in Panama City Beach, Florida. I got my locations mixed up.

I don’t recognize the equipment, but a good use of outdoor APs given the exposure to sand and water. I’m also assuming that we’re looking at a panel antenna on the front of the AP which indicates some thought and engineering went into this deployment. Very cool, considering this is a hotel network after all.

One thing I noticed though is that their cabling is the weak link: they’ve installed RJ45 jacks right next to the APs which are certainly not protected against the elements.

Curious why they wouldn’t have extended the home run all the way into the gland on the AP so there were no connectors exposed to the elements.

UBNT at the Wynn Casino Las Vegas

It’s not uncommon to see APs in the casinos in Las Vegas, however this one at the Wynn is a little odd in that it’s a) installed on the casino level in plain site, with no attempt to conceal it or blend it in and b) it’s installed just a few inches above the floor.

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UBNT at the Wynn Casino Las Vegas
UBNT at the Wynn Casino Las Vegas
UBNT at the Wynn Casino Las Vegas

I have no idea what it’s wired into amongst all those plants.

UBNT and Cisco at Fairmont Hotsprings

How horrible would camping be without WiFi?? 😜 There are a few APs scattered around the campground at Fairmont Hotsprings in British Columbia, Canada.

First are some Ubiquity units which I assume are owned by the campground since they are mounted on campground buildings and poles.

UBNT at Fairmont Hotsprings
UBNT at Fairmont Hotsprings
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UBNT at Fairmont Hotsprings
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Box at bottom of pole

Next, Shaw Cable has deployed Cisco 1552C outdoor APs with an integrated cable modem to cover the campground with their Shaw Go WiFi.

Cisco 1552C for Shaw Go Wifi at Fairmont
Cisco 1552C for Shaw Go Wifi at Fairmont

The box with the 3 nubs on the bottom is the AP; the box on the right closest to the pole is a Motorola fiber node. I don’t actually know what the middle box is. Anyone know?

Outdoor Meraki at Golden Spike Casino

The Golden Spike Casino in Las Vegas has a cool outdoor area with lots of games. They’re covering the area with Wi-Fi via Meraki MR66s.

Meraki MR66s at Golden Spike Casino, Las Vegas
Meraki MR66s at Golden Spike Casino, Las Vegas

Meraki MR66 at Golden Spike Casino, Las Vegas
Meraki MR66 at Golden Spike Casino, Las Vegas
What’s interesting is the way they’ve mounted these APs on the pole. There’s three of them mounted around the pole in a way that appears they want to use them almost like sector antennas. I imagine the metal pole sitting behind each AP doesn’t help the RF. Hopefully they’re allowing the Meraki cloud to do automatic channel assignment. 😊

Up on the wall there’s another MR66 (I’m quite certain it’s not an MR62 which only has two antennas).

Meraki MR66 at Golden Spike Casino, Las Vegas
Meraki MR66 at Golden Spike Casino, Las Vegas
The question I had here was: did they remove two of the antennas for RF reasons (doubtful) or because they mounted it too close to the panel antenna right above? 😁 Or worse, is the panel antenna plumbed into the AP?? I could’t tell in the dark.

Dusty AP at Four Queens Casino

Is dust transparent to RF? 😁

This AP is hanging in the Four Queens Casino on Freemont Street in Las Vegas. It’s obviously been there for a while because you can literally see the dust hanging off the antennas and power cord.

An AP4131 from Symbol at Four Queens Casino, Las Vegas
An AP4131 from Symbol at Four Queens Casino, Las Vegas
An AP4131 from Symbol at Four Queens Casino, Las Vegas
An AP4131 from Symbol at Four Queens Casino, Las Vegas

The best part is what you can’t see though: this thing is 802.11b only. Which means it tops at 11Mbps. And uses 2.4Ghz exclusively. I suppose they’re not counting on a lot of Wi-Fi users 🙄

Looks like this AP is an AP4131 made by a company called Symbol (now part of Morotola? So now part of Google??).

Outdoor WiFi in Wilmington, NC

Back in June, I was in the RTP area for work and took the opportunity to do some site seeing over the weekend. It’s funny, I’ve become totally spoiled at home with the ubiquity of service provider Wi-Fi that when I travel in the US, I’m usually reminded that this type of access is not as ubiquitous everywhere. In the regular places I visit in San Jose, CA and in RTP, I’ve yet to see the physical signs of SP Wi-Fi. So it’s funny to me that the first place I do see the signs is in this tiny little down on the coast of North Carolina called Wilmington.

Outdoor AP in Wilmington, NC
Outdoor AP in Wilmington, NC
Outdoor AP in Wilmington, NC
Outdoor AP in Wilmington, NC
Outdoor AP in Wilmington, NC
Outdoor AP in Wilmington, NC

This AP appears to be from Ruckus’ ZoneFlex Outdoor series of APs and judging from info on the Ruckus website, is likely backhauled via cable modem.