Suggested cheap hardware for 0.5 mi. Wi-Fi Range?
Posted on 2004-11-06
I need to wirelessly bridge two points which are separated by slightly under a half mile, line of sight, outdoor. I currently have no wireless equipment, and would like suggestions on what would be the **best combination of price/reliability/speed**, in that order. I would like the throughput to be as high as possible, but as little as 20 kilobytes/sec would be acceptable (slightly higher than dialup). I am assuming that an 802.11g solution would be best. I don't know if a standard Linksys G Router on both ends will do the trick, or if I would need a 3rd party high gain antenna, or possibly a repeater in the middle, or possibly an amplifier on one end. I can also elevate the antennas if necessary. There will be virtually no interference problems, as it is a very rural area, and security is not a major issue. Please clearly state what component(s) will be needed, their location, and their function, as well as price, which is the biggest deciding factor.
Thanks for your help!