Devices, systems and methods for fast deployment and maintenance of a wide area network are disclosed. The device is a portable wireless router and repeater powered by a rechargeable battery deployed by aerial drones at desired locations. The system uses drones to remove and replace the router when nearing the end of battery life. The routers are portable modules that can be deployed by aerial drones onto rooftops, light posts, lamp posts or other accessible areas to distribute wifi signals, receive and transmit LTE data that connect to a mesh network. The main module will include a lithium battery and a wifi repeater/hotspot, that would be similar to a mobile phone with the hotspot turned on. The system proposes a scalable solution for rapidly expanding network connectivity beyond wired areas.
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Reynolds, Karl, "Portable Modular Node Mesh Network Distribution System", Technical Disclosure Commons, (January 17, 2017)