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Mesh Gateway deployment requirements

Plan Mesh Gateway placements based on their ratio and range values to provide a Silvanet Mesh Network in the forest.

Mesh Gateways deployed in a forest build up a Silvanet Mesh Network allowing messages from distant sensors to be received by a Border Gateway deployed at the edge of a forest.

Planning Border Gateway deployment

Example Mesh Gateway deployment (Pilot Site)


Ensure you first take time to scout out locations in the forest for the Mesh Gateways. Each Mesh Gateway should have connectivity to at least one, or ideally two, other Mesh Gateways to build up a Silvanet Mesh Network in the forest. Each Mesh Gateway can be up to 3 km or even further from other gateways, depending on the topology and height at which the device has been deployed on a tree.

To build up a Mesh Network, allow for the following conditions:

  • Maximum 2 km to 3 km between the Border Gateway and the first Mesh Gateway.

  • Place second Mesh Gateway within range of the first Mesh Gateway.

  • Second Mesh Gateway should be able to connect with the first Mesh Gateway to ensure connectivity

In the following example, note the paths a message can take through the Mesh Network. A message has several routes to the Border Gateway, except one isolated Mesh Gateway. This ensures reliability in the network.

Packet with only Gateways

Example Mesh Gateway connectivity

After deploying the Gateways and ensuring connectivity between gateways, the sensors can be deployed.

Sensor ratios and Gateway ranges

Ensure the correct ratio of sensors per Mesh Gateway and ensure they are deployed within range of other Gateways.