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Topic # 64822 23-Jul-2010 14:19 Send private message

Has anyone got any ideas on setting up a point to point wireless link?

Preferably I would like to set up a point to point ontop of a hill close to me so that I can receive the Airnet service in Hawke's bay. i.e pick up the signal on the hill and then send it down to my house.

Otherwise I could set up a point to point to someone with ADSL... but this is quite a distance away and I dont have a real line of sight... Other than Mt Erin Tower that looks down on town/city and to me on the otherside.

All I am wanting is some way to receive a broadband connection and I am guessing that the only way I am able to be able to do this is by setting up a point to point.

The nearest fibre cable to me is 15km down the road (less is it was a direct line). Could a link be somehow connected to this?

Any ideas / suggestions or companies or equiptment ideas would be really appreciated.

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  Reply # 355364 23-Jul-2010 14:23 Send private message

Your setup cost for any point to point link could be higher than you think/want.

How much data are you planning on using a month?

You could just go 3G cellular,



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  Reply # 355552 23-Jul-2010 20:55 Send private message

wellygary: Your setup cost for any point to point link could be higher than you think/want.

How much data are you planning on using a month?

You could just go 3G cellular,


I realise that the cost may be high.. but it beats the only wireless service that I can get here of $500 per month.

I could make do with about 10GB but could accept speeds of no less than 4mbps.

As for the 3G... I dont get coverage... Some very slight coverage on XT (when on the window sill) and a little more on Vodafone (in the lounge). But not much... I could try a cell extender... I have used mobile broadband devices here and got about 500kbps on XT when at optimal times but usually sat at about 120kbps and on vodafone I got about 60kbps constantly.

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  Reply # 355555 23-Jul-2010 21:08 Send private message

Are you looking to run cable to your house from the hill? If so you simply need a WiFi unit you can run in bridge mode. Microtik make fantastic hardware for this.



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  Reply # 355717 24-Jul-2010 10:26 Send private message

sbiddle: Are you looking to run cable to your house from the hill? If so you simply need a WiFi unit you can run in bridge mode. Microtik make fantastic hardware for this.


No... the plan would be to have it as a wireless link back down to my house. Its a bit too far.

Thanks for the idea however.

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  Reply # 355724 24-Jul-2010 10:50 Send private message

Is there power at the site on the hill, or will you need to use solar?  If the power is on the same circuit as your house, you may be able to get away with using HomePlug gear.

The ubiquiti networks gear (www.ubnt.com, gowifi.co.nz sell it) looks really cool but I've never had an excuse to use it. 

If you can get a cable up there, even if it's too long for ethernet, there's always DSL -- I've seen little micronet boxes that bridge ethernet over phone cable using DSL.


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  Reply # 355761 24-Jul-2010 12:50 Send private message

airnet used to install those microtk vdsl boxes quite often and i have seen many crap out.
Auctually i am going to a clients house today to replace some.

Did you get my PM?
I may be able to service you off of Mt Threave as I have a repeater on Kahuranaki which is linked to Mt Threave for the local TV station.




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  Reply # 355767 24-Jul-2010 13:41 Send private message

raytaylor: airnet used to install those microtk vdsl boxes quite often and i have seen many crap out.
Auctually i am going to a clients house today to replace some.

Did you get my PM?
I may be able to service you off of Mt Threave as I have a repeater on Kahuranaki which is linked to Mt Threave for the local TV station.


Microtik don't make VDSL equipment so I'm not sure what you're confused with. Microtik gear is exceptionally good but some of their old radio modules can fail after a few years if run at high power levels.

Back to the OP - the key here is whether power is available at the site. If it isn't you're talking about a very expensive project to deploy a solar solution. If power is available the best option would be to use a Microtik board such as a RB433 with dual radio cards. This would work very well.


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  Reply # 355771 24-Jul-2010 13:52 Send private message

Whoops i ment micronet. - airnet use the micronet VDSL units. And more recently (after the IT division was sold to computercare) they have been using Level 1.




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