How to provide network connectivity while traveling across the Globe

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This is a cool little blog written by Wi-Fi expert, Ben Swaby. It's a unique use-case scenario involving one of our BR100 routers ... and a bag.

Here's an excerpt, but you can click the link below to read his full blog to see how he accomplished his goal. Like I said, pretty cool!

Aerohive AP IAB (In a Bag)

By: Ben Swaby

For the past several months we have been pushing around the idea of providing network connectivity as we traveled across the Globe doing various service projects and camps. The idea was simple with a few of the requirements being pretty steep.


- Provide 10/100 Wired Connectivity that can be used to connect AppleTV’s, printers, and other wired devices... yes I know AppleTV can be wireless, but wired on one end is always better when you use AirPlay
- Automatically Provide Internet Connectivity via USB 3G/4G Modem or Ethernet line is connected in
- Provide Wifi Connectivity to Guest
- Provide Wifi to Staff using their current Private PreShared Keys with QOS over Guest network
- Provide Automatic VPN back into the network for Staff to upload files.
- Provide Cigarette, AC, and battery options
- It needed to be a travel size kit.

Aerohive to the Rescue

BR100Since I am a big fan of Aerohive’s reliability, cooperative control, and cloud management w/o controllers I hit up our SE to send me one of their BR100 routers to try out. I received the device the following week and first thoughts is that it provided all the requirements of local ethernet, wan connectivity over ethernet and usb 3G/4G modem, wifi access, and packet in a relatively small size. My only initial complaint is the lack of 5GHz wireless, however seeing that it support pretty much all of our other needs I can look past that until airtime becomes an issue. Now the real challenge was putting all of what Aerohive says it can do to the test ...

To read the full blog, visit Ben's blog here.

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