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The kids in my uncles AP environmental science class raised money to have a xzeres skystream wind turbine installed at the school. It’s all up and running but they’re having difficulty transmitting data from it (important because the school has agreed to place any money it saves in electric bills into a fund for other projects).
The turbine has a Zigbee wireless transmitter which uses 802.14.5 wireless protocol (2.4Ghz WPAN). The receiver is inside the school in a large window with direct line of site to the turbine but it’s about 600 feet from the transmitter and I think this is resulting in the data transmission errors (I think max distance is rated at about 276 ft w/o an antenna).
So – I’ thinking two potential solutions:
1) a yagi antenna (possibly inside the window at the school?) OR
2) some kind of range extender on a light pole at half the distance between the turbine and the school
Hoping someone else has had the opportunity to solve this issue in the past.
Thanks in advance for any help!
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