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Becoming a Network Node

In order to build the network within the various areas of the community, we need to site a number of "Network Nodes" within the community.

Generally, each village will have between about 5 and 10 nodes. These will be either in someone's house or company or a public building.

How do I qualify ?

You need to meet the following criteria :

  • Your home/office is within the catchment area of the project and on the edges of the current coverage area. That's currently one of these villages:

    Area Status
    Montilo Lane North Live and Connected
    Montilo Lane West Live and Connected
    Pailton Road HM Live and Connected
    Back Lane HM Live and Connected
    Main Street HM Live and Connected
    Easenhall Road HM  Live and Connected
    Churchover  Live and Connected
    Pailton Live and Connected
    Monks Kirby Live and Connected
    Easenhall  Live and Connected
    Brinklow Live and Connected
    Church Lawford Live and Connected
    Bretford Live and Connected
    Long Lawford Live and Connected
    Cawston Open to Registration

    Areas that are "Live and Connected" are less likely to need additional nodes.
    Areas that are in planning or trials stages are more likely to need additional network nodes.
  • You are authorised to install external antennae on the building and install cables and an access point. (Check there are no restrictive covenants). (See pictures at the bottom of this page)
  • You will signup as a customer of the network.
  • You will pay for the electricity used by the access point (it uses less than 5W, costing about 20p/month).
  • You will be available with reasonable notice to allow us access to the equipment to maintain it.
  • You are prepared for your exact location to be shown on the network maps and be identified as a network node.
  • You have a suitable location to install the Access Point and provide mains power to it. This will need to be within a maximum of 15m of the top of the antenna pole. A likely location is the loft. Height is important, so the higher the building/pole, the better.
  • You will give us at least two month's notice before requiring us to remove the equipment (e.g. if you move)
  • We decide that your site is suitable in terms of radio and networking criteria.

What do I get out of it ?

There are a few benefits :

  • You will get £100 discount on the setup fee.(You order at the full rate. The discount will be applied to your first bill if you are chosen to host a node.)
  • You will be helping to build the community network.
  • You will tend to get higher priority for installation.
  • You will get a great signal for your Wireless-Ethernet converter.

OK, I really want to do this, what next ?

In order to help us decide quickly if your site is suitable, please :

  • Register your interest in
  • Make sure you have listed your full postcode.
  • Email us at giving your Name and Postcode
  • Pre-order on the Secure Shop at the full Service Price. If you are chosen to host a node, we will apply a £100 discount to your order.
  • Read the node agreement (MS Word format).
  • We'll see how suitable your site is and respond as quickly as possible.
  • Our decision is final.

What is involved in hosting a node ?

We'll carry out a standard process if you are suitable as a node :

  • Inform you.
  • (If needed) Arrange a time to visit and do a survey to test the radio signal and siting for equipment and antenna.
  • Install 1 or 2 antennas on your roof, using either an existing pole (such as a TV pole) or installing a new one.
  • Run 2 cables from the antenna down to the access point. This could be in the loft, or a study where your PC sits.
  • The cable run is likely to require drilling a hole to insert the cables.
  • Install the Access Point.
  • In normal operation, there is no need to visit the equipment, since we can maintain it across the network, but in the case of hardware failure, we may need to visit the equipment.

What does a node look like ?

An Access Point, mounted indoors. about 28cm across. Top left lead is power, middle is an ethernet cable, and right is a pigtail, leading to the heavier radio cable which leads to the antenna.


The antennas for a node. Top one is an omni-directional 'whip' antenna, providing Access point coverage. Bottom right one is a directional 'grid' antenna providing the link back to the Hub. The cables lead down to the Access Point.


Close-up of a directional 'grid' with 45cm ruler for comparison.


Omni-directional antenna mounted on a disused TV aerial pole at the Hub.