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Topic # 24942 7-Aug-2008 13:54
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Hi Guys

I have a client (one of my bosses) who has a wired country connection running into a WRT54g, it all works pretty sweet and we have good wlan coveage over the house.

The issue is there are also two other dwellings on the property that also want to use WLan, the distance is only 100 meters or so to the furtherest point.

In the past I had two linksys WRE54g range extenders bouning the signal from one dwelling to the next, or worked OK, not all that reliable but it worked, well in the recent storms etc they had several power spikes that ate the router and two range extenders, So I replaced the router, but couldnt get the WRE54G's from techpac until the 25th, so i opted for the belkin WURE units, they are pretty useless, have less range than the linksys ones and are even more unreliable, and keep loosing the signal from the router - even though I can stand outside with a laptop and get 24mpbs off the router.

What  I am looking for is a point to point solution with outdoor antennas that will work all the time, was thinking of a cisco BR500 or something, but that may be overkill.

The simple solution would be to dig a hole and run a cable, but that is out of the question according to the Bosses wife hahaa.

So whats out there folks - i want to do this with as few units/devices as possible to minimise points of failure.


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  Reply # 154964 7-Aug-2008 14:47
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Sorry I can't remember model numbers, I specced up 3Com gear with 3Com outdoor flat panel aerials for a couple of customers a year or three back.

Worked very well, and was simple to set up (it was its own self contained WiFi LAN bridge, and although we could login to the devices, they pretty much just acted as a bridge only).




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  Reply # 154976 7-Aug-2008 15:24
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The Motorola AP5131 or WS200 will do what you need.

Available as either single radio or dual radio.  Dual radio version will let you bridge to the remote site using 802.11a, and then provide client coverage using 802.11b/g.  Has external antenna connectors, and a complete range of antennas.

If you want a complete wireless solution.  You could use a WS2000 wireless controller/6 port switch with some AP300 radios.  the WS2000 will control up to 6 AP300 radios and/or act as a 6 port switch for wired devices.  This could be one AP300 acting as your 802.11b/g coverage inside the main house, and two additional units acting as base bridges to the remote sites.  Advantage is all bridge links/main house coverage are controlled from a single WS2000, which can have a redundant failover if required.

Motorola is typically at least 20-30% cheaper than cisco, depending on the solution, and is designed for 24x7 performance.

Contact me on 09 571 0775 for details and prices if you want to know more.

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  Reply # 157634 18-Aug-2008 08:50
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Hey Guys

Any middle of the road solutions for this ? Ianw my boss wants me to do more investigation before we spend close to 3k.

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  Reply # 157643 18-Aug-2008 09:46
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Hi, try gowifi for gear, I have used both the Enginus units with integral antennas, there is also a 16dBi version or $30more and the slightly cheaper but probably ideal for what you are doing is the 5GHz Ubiquitys. The Nanostation is also available in 802.11g (2.4GHz) but the 5.8GHz version is well suited to p2p bridging leaving 2.4GHz at each end for local coverage.

Cyril



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  Reply # 157644 18-Aug-2008 09:51
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man they are well priced

so the unit mounts indoors and you can run an external Antenna ?

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  Reply # 157646 18-Aug-2008 09:58
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Hi, no easier than that, they have integral antennas so you install the whole thing outside, run cat5 to it, they come with a plug back and power injector that puts the power of ethernet.

Note the EXT version of the Enginus does not contain an antenna, so needs an EXTernal one, it has a RP-SMA, so I recommend you go for the ones with internal antennas, its tider, reduces the coax loss, and less bits to deal with.

Cyril



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  Reply # 157647 18-Aug-2008 10:02
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Cheers, last question

are any of them dual radio as i need to have WLan coverage at the end point ?

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  Reply # 157650 18-Aug-2008 10:12
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Hi, no none of those products do, and you pay a fair premium for that feature, better of just using a simple seperate 2.4GHz AP this one from the same supplier I have found good for its price and appears to have honest power spec compared to more high street products.

Cyril



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  Reply # 157659 18-Aug-2008 10:54
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I have a router that can do the job, so will just use that.

Cheers for your input Cyril

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