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    Outdoor WiFi

    I'm moving into a place which is only about 300 meters from where I work, I work 8 - 4:30 but our centre is open till 9 so most nights I get a call from someone saying something's broken, how can it be fixed.

    Most of the time it's an AP that needs rebooting and I can VPN in and reboot it, which I dont mind doing.

    I talked to our director and proposed that if I can set up a wireless link I would be prepared to provide out of hours support as much as I can (and get uncontended 100Mbit intenet access ).

    I have near line of sight, with the very tops of a few houses in the way, has anyone here ever done anything like this? I know for something like this we should really call someone external in to do a site survey but we'd prefer to keep costs down, if we spend £200 and it doesn't work, it's better than spending thousands to get it working.

    I've been talking to a friend of mine who's recommended the kit i'd need, just wanted some input before I tried it!

    20dB Yagi Antenna

    Linksys WRT54GS (UK Version)

    Talisman Firmware (Power output can be turned up well over the legal limit :twisted

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    Re: Outdoor WiFi

    Just one AP? - wouldn't it be better to have a bridge?

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    Re: Outdoor WiFi

    2 APs with a Cantenna at each end?

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    Re: Outdoor WiFi

    Sorry, 2 Yagi's, 3 AP's. 2 for the bridge, 1 to relay the signal around the flat!

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    Re: Outdoor WiFi

    correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought that to use an ariel above 12dB, you need a licence??

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    Re: Outdoor WiFi

    @StewartKnight: The way I understand it is that you need a license for certain frequency ranges - 802.11a/b/g are in a range that is free for public use. The gain (measured in dB) is of no consequence.

    Incidentally, check out http://www.wwc.edu/~frohro/Airport/P...Primestar.html - 10miles with an old bean tin and a surplus minidish!

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    Re: Outdoor WiFi

    also be warned there are various lea rules on putting ariels on school buildings so check with lea...

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    Re: Outdoor WiFi

    Quote Originally Posted by russdev
    also be warned there are various lea rules on putting ariels on school buildings so check with lea...

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    "... but it's not an aerial... it's an old bean tin," says the network manager in defence of his newly commisioned cantenna

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    Re: Outdoor WiFi

    Quote Originally Posted by StewartKnight
    correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought that to use an ariel above 12dB, you need a licence??
    Quote Originally Posted by Ric_
    @StewartKnight: The way I understand it is that you need a license for certain frequency ranges - 802.11a/b/g are in a range that is free for public use. The gain (measured in dB) is of no consequence.
    I think Stewart's actually right on this one. Although a/b/g frequencies are essentially unlicensed, there is an upper gain limit that you can use. I thought it was either 19 or 20db, it could easily be 12dB.

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    Re: Outdoor WiFi

    There's no limit on Gain. There's a limit on power output. ie, 500mW. There's also a limit on the type of antenna you can use. Basically you can't use any type of directional antenna. Yagi's, Bean Tins, etc.

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