How to deploy WiFi network for outdoor summer events

Summer is coming, and many outdoor events are organized to enjoy the sun and the holidays: concerts, festivals, sport events… many opportunities to deploy a Wi-Fi network for the public.

If you are an event organizer, a marketing agency or a Wi-Fi solution provider, you already know that customers attending summer event consider Wi-Fi as a necessary service. They want and need Wi-Fi to share contents on social media, contact their friends when the mobile signal is low, find information about the event and so on. Wi-Fi is also fundamental for tourists that are coming on purpose to this kind of events.

From a marketing point of view, offering free Wi-Fi during outdoor summer events is a source of leads and a way to get higher visibility.

From the technical point of view, deploying a WLAN for this kind of event, where a lot of people are expected, requires a bit of experience.

These are three question that you need to ask yourself:

  • What are the bandwidth needs?
  • How many people are going to use the Wi-Fi and how many concurrent users should I expect?
  • What kind of access points should I use?

The bandwidth needs

Knowing your needs in bandwidth is fundamental to provide a good Wi-Fi experience to the users. Indeed, if the bandwidth is too low, the connection will be slow, and it negatively affects the network performance. To avoid this situation, you have to take into consideration the applications’ requirements regarding bandwidth and throughput. Try to imagine what could be the usage of the Wi-Fi network: contents sharing on social media, live streaming, web browsing, VoIp call and so on… you can find more information in this infographic and by reading this article.

The number of concurrent users

About how many people are going to use the Wi-Fi network during an outdoor event like a festival, it is impossible to calculate an exact amount. Moreover, sometimes people are connected to the Wi-Fi but they are not effectively using it.

To calculate the number of concurrent users, let’s follow an example for a small music festival:

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