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Wireless Solution - Indoor/Outdoor Environment - Up to 500 Meters

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I am seeking ideas on recommending a wireless solution in the following environment:

There is a set of "huts" scattered throughout a campus that is ~100 meters X ~500 meters.  We are trying to provide wireless for every tenant in these "huts."   The current network equipment resides on the eastern edge of this campus.  The furthest "hut" is about 500 meters southwest.

I have thought about installing conduit w/ a Cat5e cable roughly 100 meters west and installing a WAP with an Omni-directional antenna.  I'm not sure if this antenna will have enough range to give a strong signal to the furthest "hut".  If it does, fine. If it doesn't, how can I extend the signal of WAP beyond this first 100 meters?

Thanks,
Don
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by:carlsiy
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You can use wireless routers ranging up to 300 meters or more, but if you are using cat5e copper cables.. you can cascade it so you can extend the maximum limited hop of a connection.
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> you can cascade it so you can extend the maximum limited hop of a connection.

One way to do that would be use routers like a couple WRT54G's, but don't plug the cat5 into the WAN port... run one into a LAN port and then out another LAN port to daisy chain to the next one.  Then it would *act* like an access point, but still have the extra ports to use as a switch.  You would want/need those home-type indoor units mounted out of the weather, of course.
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by:jbuzzard
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You can supply Wireless repeaters in several of the huts. They basically accept the wireless signal, and boost it. I've used this in a school environment to provide a single wireless network across the campus. However, you've got to make sure you use repeaters which can pass through DHCP requests to the primary DHCP server. Also, repeaters which can accept broadcast updates are good. Billion make good options.

Repeaters are rarely called that. What you need to look for is a router with a repeater option.

You could always throw a couple of draft N routers out there and see what happens.
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What's your budget, how many 'huts' are there total, and can you give us a better idea of their layout/locations?
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Darr247,

Why did you suggest the use of router instead of a network switch to cascade connection?
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> Why did you suggest the use of router instead of a network switch to cascade connection?

A typical network switch does not provide the desired wireless access point (WAP) function, and a dedicated WAP doesn't provide the daisy-chain capability of the router's built-in switch.
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