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    Thanks for all the suggestions so far. Just to clarify, I'm looking to bridge the wi-fi 800m and then connect a normal Buffalo router at the other end to cover the sports field rather than try and cover a 800m radius from the main site. The Ubiquiti NanoStation M5 AirMax Wireless PTP Kit is looking interesting, anyone out there with any real world experience of this kit?

    Andrew
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    Ubiquiti is a bigger name in wireless than 90% of the companies you know, that's a guarantee.

    ** edit - I use the standard UAP External's for some small bridges, they work awesomely well. I believe it's the nano's a lot of councils use for external public access? @m25man's your man there I think
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    Looked at a p2p laser link? if you've line of sight they tend to perform pretty well (obviously adverse weather can impact them). We had a (much shorter than 800m) set connecting some outlying buildings in a school I used to work at, very much set and forget.

    plus...you know... LAZORZ!

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    What sort of use is it going to have?

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    Usage: Either 10" Android devices running afreerdp connections back to the main site or Windows netbooks again with RDP. Very low level usage and certainly nothing data heavy, just the PE department looking to do live registers.

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    We used to have a wireless link to a nursery using ubiquiti kit and it was solid for the 18 months that is was in, before they moved. - Not a single call out to it in the whole time it was in. Link was approximately 1km with line of site over the top of houses and an industrial estate, speed was between 30 and 50mbps.

    We now run one using the same kit (the mini dish ones, not sure what the exact model is) back to my house, which has a few trees in the way, but still works. Again been very reliable for the last 6 months.

    Steve

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    I haven't used the point to point kit from ubiquiti but can't praise their wifi kit enough. We've got it in four of our schools now (and my house) and it's been fantastic.

    At the price - I'd be my first option if I needed to connect two remote buildings over that kind of distance.

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    We use Ubiquiti UniFi for our managed wireless in school and have a few of their NanoStations devices for point-point and point-multipoint links around the site. Works great, we have access points and VOIP phones on the other end of the links working fine. Admittedly our links aren't the longest of distances, the longest probably being less than 500m (with a few trees in between).

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    I have done p2p wifi across town full line of sight 1.5Miles also done .5 miles obscured point to point across a business park and some other P2P stuff.

    Used both Ubiquitin Nanostation's and deliberant APC-5M's

    I would go with a pair of APC-5M-18's

    It's very easy to do and you will get good performance on near line of sight.

    Rob

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    Ubiquiti Nano's all the way, longest P2P I've had is 9 miles!!!
    I am 300 ft above sea level with unrestricted views from Romford to Wrotham across the Thames so distance isn't an object here.

    If you can see it UBNT will deliver it, end of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJWhite1970 View Post
    Ubiquiti NanoStation M5 AirMax Wireless PTP Kit is looking interesting, anyone out there with any real world experience of this kit?
    Had a couple of Ubiquity M5's on site since September to provide a link to a PE hut. Cost about £125 for two with everything you need in the box and then a couple of cheap satellite mounting kits from CPC for about £5

    Since September the link has been 100% no dropouts or reboots and we get about 7-8MB/s over the link. Seeing we have had extreme wind, rain etc I think the only other test is snow but it is proving to be a winner.

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    Thanks to everyone for their feedback and ideas, much appreciated. I'm going to get in the Ubiquiti NanoStation M5 AirMax Wireless PTP Kit and have a play over half term.

    Andrew

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    Upgrade the firmware before you start.

    They won't work with POE switches with out the 802.3AF adapter. If you use the power brick make sure the mains lead is a very good fit ( had them fall out ).

    Buy the gimbal mount for them.

    It's over a year sinc I last touched one but I set up a fair number back then. One install had 8 of them in 4 redundant pairs..


    Another site you could not even see the end point as there was a big building in the way.

    Rob

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJWhite1970 View Post
    Thanks for all the suggestions so far. Just to clarify, I'm looking to bridge the wi-fi 800m and then connect a normal Buffalo router at the other end to cover the sports field rather than try and cover a 800m radius from the main site. The Ubiquiti NanoStation M5 AirMax Wireless PTP Kit is looking interesting, anyone out there with any real world experience of this kit?

    Andrew
    We use two Ubiquiti nanostations to provide a wifi bridge in a situation almost identical to yours. Because of mounting restrictions I don't even have them pointing directly at each other (about 30deg off) and the signal is still strong. I got them for under AU$100 each with poe brick and would easily use them again. The college next to us is using some of the other Ubiquiti gear to provide a backup bridge 7.5 kms across town!



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