Hello @Hallvalla (Jason),
One of our colleagues here in the forum, @MartinLangmaid has some great images on his website (www.slingshot6.com) of portable systems & tested solutions he supplies (as do many Peplink Partners), if you’re going to go portable, talk to your local Peplink Partner about doing something like this or you can have a go yourself.
As a portable solution, the Pepwave MAX BR1 Mk2 is more rugged in its design than the Peplink Balance 30 and as you will be moving this around, then we would recommend sticking to the more rugged versions. These may cost a bit more, though you are likely to have a more reliable kit over time.
Do not worry about using the cellular feature or being internet connected, the system can run offline just fine, we would suggest that you configure & test with it online, then just remove the SIM & WAN connection and see how you go (that also means turning the power off and restart from cold), I think you’ll find it will work fine. You can have a SIM in the router without giving the team/staff internet access if you want to take advantage of some of the InControl2 monitoring & support features. It is all in the settings on the router, we do this with Public Wi-Fi, the SIM card backup is not allowed for the Wi-Fi users to access.
Another option (if running a network cable is an issue from Front of House to Back of House) is to add in a Pepwave Device Connector.
These tune into your Wi-Fi from the Back of House (using both the 2.4Ghz & 5Ghz) and will present a cable hand off to either plug a laptop into or another WAP for closer Wi-Fi access.
You may also find the AP One Flex more useful if you want to give directional connectivity a go (have a look at the link, it will take you directly to the “Flex” version).
Think of this as a directional microphone and horn speaker combined. When paired with the Device Connector IP55 you would have a reasonably hardened & simple PtP link.
If you really want to start simple, just get the Pepwave MAX BR1 Mk2, it has built in Wi-Fi, then add a single Pepwave AP One Rugged and locally power the Rugged from a 12 VDC source (PS the Rugged ships with a 12VDC power supply, the same model as used by the BR1 Mk2).
Start simple then build it up, managing your radio frequencies and finding ways to minimise your power levels will yield you good results over time, look forward to hearing how you go.
Happy to Help,