Can 2 WRT54GLs with 9dbi antennas handle 1500ft

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by asammar, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. asammar

    asammar Network Guru Member

    I have a customer that needs to connect the barn to the house wirelessly. Would 2 WRTs running Tomato with high gain antennas be able to communicate across 1500ft without being externally mounted?

    If not, what options are there to do this without externally mounted antennas.

    Thank you.
  2. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    I think you might be OK if you are able to get the antennas in the windows, or other line of sight place. If your house is wooden, the walls won't attenuate much. That would be similar to external mounting. Get them as high as possible in the house/barn. I am able to see a few condos about that distance away even with the stock antennas, at -80 dBm. In the end though the only way to know is to try it. That's pretty easy if you set up two routers in WDS and put one on a battery.
  3. Azuse

    Azuse LI Guru Member

    But simply cranking up the gain cranks the noise up as well. It depends on the budget really, but external, directional, antennas aren't the expensive these days and very effective provided they're connected with a good cable. Remember that just because they say external doesn't mean they need to be, a 6" x 6" external square antenna can sit in the window frame just as easily as a router.

    If you were sticking to router antennas though just fit a pair of parabolic reflectors and it'll work. Again they can be bought but you may as well just use a directional antenna anyway.

    If you don't mind aesthetics google cantenna and wolfi, same effect as above but cheaper, if less leasing on the eyes.
  4. asammar

    asammar Network Guru Member

    Thank you Toastman & Azuse.

    After consulting with the customer I decided to go with 2 Ubiquiti NanoStation devices. No customization is required so it is relatively easier.
  5. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    They are excellent kit. Good luck!
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