Linking two offices

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by Stephonovich, Jun 15, 2005.

  1. Stephonovich

    Stephonovich Network Guru Member

    I've been tasked with setting up a wireless link between an office
    building and a main church building; they're roughly 75 feet apart.
    The office has Wi-Fi (802.11g) already, and they want it over at the
    main building. Originally, I was going to just buy a WAP, do a wired
    run up to it from the router, mount it in the loft, and then get an
    outdoor antenna mounted on the roof. However, I'm not sure if a WNIC
    is going to have the transmit power to talk back. They'll be used at
    the very back of the building; another 50 feet or so. Mostly empty
    hallway, but a couple walls.

    Due to this, and the rapidly increasing cost if I were to have to purchase another antenna and WAP, I was considering just getting a WAP/WRT54G, loading it up with some firmware to boost the power, and possibly getting a high gain antenna. Would this be sufficient to link the two? Basically, we need to be able to roam both buildings and have a link anywhere. They're both fairly small, and as I mentioned, the office already has Wi-Fi (D-Link DI-624 - it's not terrible, really), so we just want to be able to share files, printers, and internet access.

    Also, would it be worth it to purchase a second WRT54G to replace the D-Link? It has been giving a few problems, like odd dead zones and the like. All it has hooked up to it is the WAN (Charter Cable), a desktop, and a printer.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated.
  2. Stephonovich

    Stephonovich Network Guru Member


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