Wireless Possibilities with Solar Wifi : At these low-income apartment buildings, solar power helps pay for free Wi-Fi.

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The need for Internet connection and wireless communications is ever-increasing, but expanding wireless Internet access to outdoor areas with limited access to electrical grids can be difficult. Up-and-coming solar-powered WiFi technology, however, offers a solution that can be used almost anywhere.

“When you deploy wireless access points, they must hook up to some sort of tower,” says Fred Marks, owner and president at Miracle Strip Wireless Inc. in Destin, FL. “You can either run it into a 110-volt outlet, or you can run Power over Ethernet on a cable. Solar WiFi is a different animal; you can install this device just about anywhere, but the power comes directly from the sun.”

The need for Internet connection and wireless communications is ever-increasing, but expanding wireless Internet access to outdoor areas with limited access to electrical grids can be difficult. Up-and-coming solar-powered WiFi technology, however, offers a solution that can be used almost anywhere.

“When you deploy wireless access points, they must hook up to some sort of tower,” says Fred Marks, owner and president at Miracle Strip Wireless Inc. in Destin, FL. “You can either run it into a 110-volt outlet, or you can run Power over Ethernet on a cable. Solar WiFi is a different animal; you can install this device just about anywhere, but the power comes directly from the sun.”

Solar WiFi Successes.

Solar WiFi is an excellent way to supplement existing wireless systems and extend WiFi networks to outdoor areas, such as patios, courtyards, pools, and playgrounds. Fred Marks, owner and president at Miracle Strip Wireless Inc. in Destin, FL, and his team installed a solar-powered WiFi system at Seascape Resort in Destin, FL, a 1,300-unit resort with a golf course, tennis courts, and lakes.

According to Marks, the system has been up and running for 8 months, and it has been successful.

With solar WiFi, the resort has been able to extend wireless access to remote areas, such as on the lake, where Internet access was previously impossible.
There have been no lapses in coverage. The batteries still charge, even on cloudy days.
Residents and guests haven’t found the solar panel poles to be intrusive in the landscaping.
The lack of cables/wires means that resort guests have Internet access, even during power outages.

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