Burning Man provides an Internet backbone for Black Rock City participants. While we try our best to provide great service, we cannot guarantee a specific level of service in terms of bandwidth, latency ot uptime. Nor can we offer any support. Participants themselves organize "Doctors Hours" most days of the event for mutual help.
To participate, you need to have a specific kind of microwave radio, mount it in your camp, aim it and keep it powered. This radio acts as a router and DHCP server and has a wired ethernet port. To get WiFi, you'll need one or more WiFi access points. To keep our backbone working well, it's best to configure access points to use 2.4 GHz only (and disable 5 GHz). In the spirit of Radical Inclusion, we encourage you to share the Internet not just with your campmates, but all burners.
The radio we recommend is the Ubiquiti NanoBeam AC Gen2 NBE-5AC-Gen2-US. It's available for about $100 from the manufacturer, Amazon and other places.
Also supported are other Ubiquiti 802.11ac radios, e.g. NanoBeam AC 19 NBE-5AC-19. The older M-series radios, e.g. NanoBridges, are no longer recommended, but will work at a slower speed.
Different zones of Black Rock City are covered by different antennas. Each zone requires a different configuration file. The map below is a rough guideline. You can try different configurations to find the strongest signal. Mutant Vehicles should use the Deep Playa sector.
|WA board, e.g. NBE-5AC-Gen2-US||WA v8.6.1|
|XC board, e.g. NBE-5AC-19-US||XC v8.6.1|
|XM board, e.g. NanoBridge M||XM v6.2.0|
|NanoBeam with PoE passthrough disabled||NanoBeam with PoE passthrough enabled||NanoBridge|
|3 o'clock||3 o'clock||3 o'clock|
|6 o'clock||6 o'clock||6 o'clock|
|9 o'clock||9 o'clock||9 o'clock|
|deep playa and art cars||deep playa and art cars||Nope!|