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Ask Slashdot: 4G Networking Advice For Large Outdoor Festival? 140

Posted by timothy
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New submitter xanadu113 writes "I help out with a large outdoor festival each year (Seattle Hempfest), and we use 4G hotspots on-site for our internet needs. Due to being at the bottom of the hill (in Myrtle Edwards park in downtown Seattle, WA right on the sound), we have problems with loss of signal, bandwidth switching (going between 4G/3G/2G, etc.). As wireless internet is our only option on site, we need to do something about improving the signals. What would be the best way to do a site survey of the 4G signals to select the best locations for hotspots, as well as the best carrier to use? We need potentially up to 10 devices per hotspot, and up to 10 hotspots or so. Also, would putting up a 4G repeater be a good option to solve this problem?"
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Ask Slashdot: 4G Networking Advice For Large Outdoor Festival?

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  • by Type44Q (1233630) on Saturday August 24, 2013 @02:49PM (#44665417)

    Just ask the NSA for assistance; I'm sure they'd be more than happy to provide all the IT assistance you could possibly need. :)

  • by raymorris (2726007) on Saturday August 24, 2013 @03:17PM (#44665553)

    The OP is organizing a HEMP fest. Meaning they are a major pot head. It's a safe bet that it was a year ago that they headed toward the computer to post this.

      On the way, they stopped at the kitchen for some pop tarts. Then they smoked another doobie. A few hours later, they sat down at the computer. They had to see what the email about Ron Paul said. Then they smoked another bowl. A few months later, they logged into Slashdot. There was a article on Slashdot about Occupy, so they had to read it. It said some Occupy folks would be only 60 miles away, so they had to go join. Of course, for an Occupy event they needed to pick up a QP on the way. When they got there, they smoked a bowl and when they finished smoking three weeks had gone by.

  • by xanadu113 (657977) on Saturday August 24, 2013 @04:25PM (#44665877) Homepage
    It's funny how the "non potheads" can't think outside the box enough to realize this is for the 2014 Hempfest, not the 2013 one which ended last weekend on the 18th... ;)
  • by drkim (1559875) on Sunday August 25, 2013 @03:56AM (#44668247)

    True, but I'm getting a head start on the 2014 (August 15-17, always the third weekend in August) Hempfest... ;)

    You do know that by Aug 2014 no one will be attending the festival in person. They'll be strapping on Oculus III's and attending in VR.

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