500m Outdoor Bridge Recommendation

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by spanfastic, Oct 11, 2006.

  1. spanfastic

    spanfastic Network Guru Member

    Hi All, I'm seeking help with designing a wireless setup to connect my parents home and mine to share a broadband connection and our printers and a few files. The distance between between houses is 400-500m and there is one thin line of trees between us.....would two WAP54G's and two 8Dbi Yagi Antennae work here? Can anyone suggest appropriate firmware if this is likely to work? We have wireless laptops (HP's with intel WLAN chipset builtin) at each end and would prefer to use wireless to connect, will the WAP54G's act as AP+Bridge at each ends..

    Thanks for any help you can offer.
  2. izenogoud76

    izenogoud76 Network Guru Member

  3. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    Your 8dBi Yagis on WRTs should do the trick (400-500m is nothing...), BUT you never know with trees. Trees eat a lot of signal as they tend to reflect and absorb signal (lots of water in there).

    You can try calculate if you can do the link http://my.athenet.net/~multiplx/cgi-bin/wireless.main.cgi but real proof will probably only be forthcoming with an on-site test.

    If you want to get the WRTs so long (and do get the WRT54GL, not the G or GS V5+), before spending the money on the Yagis, you can test with parabolic reflectors http://www.freeantennas.com/projects/template/ on the WRTs' antennae. The reflector will give you similar gain to an 8dBi Yagi.

    And remember, trees grow and do funny things in winter/summer, etc.
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