Networking two buildings wirelessly

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by zincter, Nov 27, 2007.

  1. zincter

    zincter Network Guru Member

    I want to network two buildings wirelessly that are about 1000 feet apart. I've drawn what I think will work, but have never done anything like this so would like some feedback/suggestions. If there is a better way, I'd love to hear it. I want to keep it simple. The equipment in blue boxes is what I propose adding to my network. Would there be a benefit to using speedbooster routers at each end?

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  2. zincter

    zincter Network Guru Member

    Bridges necessary?

    Are the bridges even necessary? Could I do it with high gain antennae on both WRT's?
  3. thepianobar

    thepianobar Network Guru Member

    For that distance you probably want to look at directional antennas.

    Antennas aside, can you do it with just the WRT's? Yes, but...

    Realize that if you want to use the WRT's as access points as well as to complete your wireless bridge there will be less available throughput since the same wireless channel is being used to communicate with the client device and send data back to the central WRT. The technology for this is called WDS.. see here:
  4. zincter

    zincter Network Guru Member

    So you would recommend using a bridge at each location?
  5. thepianobar

    thepianobar Network Guru Member

    It depends 1st on whether you want to use the WRT's as Access Points for client devices like laptops and 2nd on how much bandwidth those client devices need. You could always try doing it without the bridges first and then if you need to you can spend the extra money on the bridges (which by the way, it's usually cheaper just to buy two more WRT54GL's and put 3rd party firmware on them).
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