Solar Powered WiFi – Part 1

Experimenting with running a NanoStation wireless bridge off of a small solar panel array.

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Solar Panels (x2):
Charge Controller:
Battery Box:
USB cables:
Ubiquiti AirGateway Installer:
Ubiquiti NanoStation M5:

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  • how about the clear obvious solution rather then having all these parts and pieces…. grab yourself a shovel and some direct burial cat5e cable dig a 6in trench drop a pvc pipe inside run your cable push the dirt back into the trench and now you have ONE part connect the nano and camera and youre done…hell you could have used out door coax with baluns to push POE over coax to ethernet. just seems like you doing more TECH NERD work rather then working smarter and having less points of failure..

  • Too many comments to read through, so I don't know if anyone else has suggested this. From your battery, you could use a 48V DC converter (12V to 48V) and from there, connect a UniFi US8-60W. From there, connect your Nanostation. That would also give you enough power on your PoE passthrough to power your UVC or other PoE camera. That has been working great for me. I currently use 100 watt panels and 12V sealed lead acid 100 aH batteries at each of my locations. This is an old video, so I'm sure you've learned all that by now, though.

  • Don’t be the only one left on the block 
    Come hide in the heard
    and float with the flock

  • Heyy chris great video i was wondering do u think this technology can work in a area with bad network coverage?? Or electricity

  • can you tell how to make wireless camera using Raspberry pi

  • I had the exact charge controller. The solar input on my controller is not working after a few days. Do you have why is this so?

  • 7:17 What's the white box? Why not plug the blue cat5 directly into the black box?

  • Can you use SNMP to monitor Nanostation voltage.

  • ugh, dont use that harbor freight crap. renogy sells 100 watt mono-crystal panels for $135 on Amazon. they'll put out more power for a similar size

  • how mine device run this system
    i have in tower 6 devices run

  • Here's my idea… lol: Unfortunately, it requires 2 12v batteries wired in series (24v), then 2ire 2 of your solar panels in series for 24v (Your charge controller should automatically sense 24v or have an option after hooking up the batteries). Then hook up your nano station directly to the "load" on the charge controller. NEAT thing about that scenario is you can automatically program the charge controller to shut down overnight or come on a dawn.. consequently conserving power.

  • for a long distance point to point what do you recomend 900mh, 2.4 o 5ghz?

  • Those last 2 outlets on the controller are used to power a couple of led lights, the inverter should be connected directly to the battery. Love your videos btw

  • you can use DC-DC converter and hook it directly to any passive poe connector or you can make double rj45 female and with some soldering to pin 4 and 8 , everything will work just fine , instead of buying 44$ poe from ubnt , nice setup mate

  • What if I only need to power a couple of wireless camera instead of POE?

  • I had no clue they offered an air gateway installer! will be adding this to my toolbag!

  • That is great video and covering much more information. I have a video on my channel on this subject too.

  • Thanks for sharing – that setup with the camera is quite an inspiration. Angle-wise, in winter you have less intensity to / exposure from the sun as it sits deeper on the horizon and comes in weaker through a "thicker" atmosphere.

  • Can you try putting a u-ap on the solar side to provide WiFi to a house or something like that

  • I don't know if anyone else has said it. But with the m2 /m5 nano stations that close together you need to turn down the tx power. This would also save on battery usaget

  • Hi and thanks for awesome videos. Question, given you are an avid Ubiquiti user. You never thought of using the AIRMax products for this project?

  • I have been investigating a battery powered setup for a couple months and have been testing with the following items. much more efficient that a inverter or USB converter.Passive POE adapter to 24v step-up converter

  • What would be really valuable would be if you could detail out the charge/consumption.

    You made a comment earlier that you had 4 bars, and it basically never went below 3 bars (assuming 100% -> 75%). This to me means that you could use about half of the power that you have, and still have plenty to spare. Please make sure that you measure the power consumption, and the charge speed.

    Here is my problem: I love the idea, and I want to do something similar on my lands, but I need for it to be small and cheap. Looking at the components the battery is going to be the most expensive thing, and then I need to find a suitable solar panel. The solar panels, that are available are either like 15-20w or 100w. The 100w ones are 40"-50" in height, and that's just not reasonable to set up in a forest or in a yeard, but about half that would work fine.

    So the question is, could this be done with smaller panel, smaller battery?

  • Hey Chris! Why you don't try the Ubiquiti Solar equipment? It will be really nice to combine sunMAX with airMAX and UniFi products for deployments like the one you talked in the video.

  • This is a question not regarding your system I wanted to know if if it's possible to run Wi-Fi without hooking up to net. so I can run local systems at home. What systems would work two routers?

  • So you run a network connection wire to the wireless device to power the wireless network connection bridge. How about just running the network connection on the required network wire? You could eliminate a nanostation.

  • And yes. do not hook up an inverter to the power out side of the harbor freight charge controller. a 12 volt cigarette lighter plug and a USB converter plugged into that would most likely supply the amps needed. if not like I said in my previous comment. put a capacitor in line to keep the voltage from dropping.

  • I'm doing the same thing on my property in Central Texas were I hunt with old Linksys routers wrt54g and I just put a small capacitor in line to keep the voltage from dropping. I have multiple cameras on my deer blind that shoot a signal back to my cabin with directional antennas about 250 yards. works great. Ubiquiti is the future for sure but to rich for my blood. I get the old Linksys routers at Ham Radio festivals for $5 to $10 each. just running Solar for now at the deer blind but plan on putting a small wind turbine up soon for those cloudy days. hope this was useful for someone.

  • Thanks Friend, you started a conversation that brought out some great minds. The comments are top notch. Stay Savvy !

  • I'd be interested to know what the actual draw is from the nanostation; how much power is it actually using? I'm sure it'll vary slightly with network activity but the number should be fairly similar over a period of hours.
    I'm considering nanostations for my remote camera stations, which are will be solar powered. Interested to know how much more panel capacity I need for the nanostation in addition to my camera.

  • gday. and thanks for video. which video presentation software are you using for your presentations?

  • change the PoE, or combine the 2 usb output and hope the usb can provide 1 amp each. you cant powered the nano station and camera with 10watt source

  • Another good tip is to use a MPPT charge controller. A PWM controller like you've used brings the voltage of the panel down to your battery voltage. If you have a larger voltage panel (18V, 24V, 30V+) the MPPT controller can use that to increase your charge current to your battery which would otherwise be limited by the PWM controller.

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