Power Self-sufficient WiFi Hotspot for Rural Villages / Long Houses
Figure 1: Power Self-sufficient Hotspot Setup
A consistent and continuous electrical power supply is always a challenge to rural community as most rural villages and longhouses are powered by either limited renewable energy sources or diesel generators. Telecommunication facilities deployment at the community level is hard to accomplish owing to these equipment relies on the community's daily power supply sources to operate. Extending the operating hours of the community level power supply will either quickly exhaust the limited amount of energy available or to add an additional financial burden on the community.
Assuming the telecommunication accessibility deployment initiatives are at the community self-sustain level, the network services can only be made possible through equipment that has standalone power supply ability without the need to tap into the community resources in order to be practical. Our initiatives on provision long-range wireless access should not stop at the backhaul but also look into the user access equipment operation. Hotspot is probably the most common and widely acceptable mode of end-user device access such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops. As of today standard, all mobile and portable devices come built-in WiFi capability which allows connection to any compatible WiFi hotspot.
Our power self-sustainable design through the use of solar energy has been able to bring WiFi hotspot and the wireless backhaul equipment to be able to operate either in 24 hours mode or according to a predefined operating schedule. We are also adding intelligent self-maintenance control to monitor the overall device operation where the amount of on-site maintenance and routine checking can be greatly reduced.