I finally brought one of my mesh units into work and have it setup and running as a powered relay. The unit is setup on the 4th floor of a brick building in the Portland OR area that was not previously covered by a mesh unit. Pending approval, I might move it to the 6th floor where it will have an almost 360 degree unobstructed perch.
Now I want to know if its actually doing any good. I have searched the forums here but not come across any conclusive way of testing the the unit I have setup is actually doing any good. I guess the best I can do is pair this unit with a phone and then head out in all directions and do various range testing, then try moving it a bit and re-test? One thought I had was to pin a gotenna mesh unit to one of the “healthy” people here at work that jog on their lunch hour and then repeatedly, but manually, request their location after setting the app on their phone to automatically accept those requests? I think I remember seeing that as an option. The issue with this method is I have no way of knowing if the unpaired mesh unit is actually adding value or not. Since I would have a third unit paired with my smartphone, most likely the messages would be direct between my unit and the jogger. I would know when the message hops, I just would not know which unit it hopped from or if the mesh relay made a difference or not.
Is there a better way?
Any suggestions would be appreciated. I really dislike just setting something up and “hoping” its working without actually knowing its doing any good. I have seen requests to add the ability into the unit to let the owner know when its actually been used as a hop on the mesh and would love to see this if it can be done.