Wireless LAN question...
I'm trying to find some wireless lan hardware to hook up a couple of buildings about 150 yards from any building. Can anyone recomend a brand they like? I'm looking at the Cisco site now, and Linksys and Belkin are next on my list. Any suggestions are welcome.
The honest truth is you're going to be VERY lucky to get two consumer-grade 802.11 devices talking to each other at 150 yards. Most devices list their range as about 150 feet, and every wall, floor, or ceiling cuts that in half.
Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
check cnet for product reviews. the building I am in uses linksys (wasn't linksys bought my cisco recently!) , the distance is probably more like 30 yards,...
I use Linksys at the house and it works great for short distances, but the signal gets very weak from one side of the house to the other.
The folks at ArsTechnica's Networking Matrix were talking about this not too long ago. The users needed to use wireless to create a link from one building to another. They settled on using directional antennas to create the link, that will increase the range. Additionally the recommend running a vpn over the link, firewall to firewall, to prevent snooping of the data stream.
If you have money to blow:
Linksys is, as someone else said, rock solid in my experience. They offer signal boosters, maybe they will help. Also, their site has good info on this, the range on the 5Ghz stuff is much shorter than the 2.4.
If you're on a budget, you can make high gain antennae out of things like tin cans.
You did not say if this is personal or professional. The difference will be throughput and strength.
For $20 the cantenna looks like an excellent idea.
With 802.11b, I use the Cisco Aironet stuff. It works great. Tacking on a 5db Omni antenna, I managed to stretch out the distance to about 0.8 miles pulling around 4mbps. That was with clear line of sight. Going through many walls, with the same antenna, I've pulled about 500 feet.
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