Optimizing OM2P Deployments

Number of Nodes Required

The following are the different types of Nodes, along with a description of their capabilities:

Device

Indoor Range

Outdoor Range

Max walls to penetrate

OM2P

75-150'

600'

3-4

OM2P-HS

75-150'

600'

3-4

Consider the following factors when setting up an installation:

  • Overall area. The total square feet of the venue.
  • Walls/Flooring. The number of walls, as well as the materials of the walls and floors may reduce the range of a node.  
  • Network environment. Factors such as interference may influence the number of access points required.  
  • The number of simultaneous users expected on the network. Make sure there are no more than 20-50 users accessing a single node at a given time. 

 

Keep in mind every installation is unique with its own set of variables. However, the following serves as a good guideline as to the number of total nodes required.

 

Venue Type

Number of Nodes Required

Hotel and Apartments

1 Node Per 3-6 Rooms

Coffee Shop

1 Node Per Venue

Small Businesses

1 Node Per Venue

Larger Businesses

2-3 Nodes Per Venue

Residential Neighborhoods

1 Node Per House

  

Physical Arrangement 

 

Another important factor to consider when setting up a mesh network, is the physical arrangement of the access points. For example, the arrangement of the gateway, in relation to the rest of the access points in the network, can drastically affect the speed of a given access point.

 

For example, consider the arrangement of the following mesh network:

 

For every ”hop” in the chain of the network, a given access point loses 50% of its capacity/speed. By simply rearranging the gateway, in relation to the rest of the access points, a much more efficient mesh network can be achieved with the same number of access points.

 

 

For large networks, scaling up is possible through two methods:

1) Hardwiring multiple access points together with Ethernet cable OR

2) Providing multiple gateways in the network

 

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    Patrick Kabuchi

    That's a very informative guide for deployment planning.