In the mountains of Wyoming, near the borders of Montana, Idaho and Yellowstone National Park, sits a rustic Boy Scout camp. The camp is only accessible by a rocky, dirt road and the closest town is 30 miles away.
Although the scenery is majestic, communications were a major problem. The camp staff needed reliable secure phone service to call for help during emergencies and to order supplies for campers. Because of the remoteness of the location, cellular service was not accessible at the camp. Perhaps Voice-Over-IP could be a solution for solving the problem, but this required broadband services at the camp.
On the top of the mountain, there was a solar-powered tower. This tower had line-of-sight to a 115 foot tower in the valley-town below. DSL could be delivered to the valley-tower. The mountain-top tower could be used as a reception site for a wireless Ethernet bridge. Now they just needed to get from the top of the mountain to the camp facility, but the camp was almost a mile from the mountain top and surrounded by towering dense trees. Wireless connectivity from the camp to the mountain top tower was not going to work.
A buried cable run from the mountain-top tower to the camp lodge might do the trick, but it was too long to support native Ethernet. The Scouts needed a solution to extend the Ethernet over these wires and way to use it for both voice and data services.
Patton's CopperLink Ethernet Extenders together with VoIP Gateways provided an easy answer. The Extenders can deliver an Ethernet segment 1 mile over a single copper twisted-pair. The Patton SmartNode provided telephone connectivity, local PBX features and router functions for the camp office. The VoIP connection was linked the Scout Headquarters and integrated with their PBX enabling extension dialing, breakout dial-tone and E911 services to the camp.