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Extending LAN access using point to point encrypted Wifi

This query could be related to EE article ID: 28621233   ie
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Networking_Hardware/Wireless/Q_28621233.html

Suppose I have a LAN point (an RJ45) & I want to access it, say 10km away via encrypted Wifi
Other than the above EE article's point to point bridge wireless device, what other
devices must I get?   A LAN to Wifi converter ie a home broadband router?

Kindly show how the various devices are connected in a diagram.
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bbaoIT Consultant
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i think i will choose M5 too.

per my experenice, it should be the best solution. i used M5 for a long while as my primay internet link connecting to the base stations 5km away. it worked great.

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Is M5 the only item I'll need in the scenario I've described?  Is M5 encrypted?
Don't I need something like a Broadband router (say 2Wire) coupled with the M5?


I've seen a few weeks back a Wifi extender on eBay (not sure if it's encrypted) that
indicated it could extend up to 18km for only US$20 plus only.  Anyone tried it
before?  It's not there at eBay anymore when I searched a few minutes ago.

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http://dl.ubnt.com/datasheets/airgridm/agmhp_datasheet_web.pdf

Is the above as good as M5 & of lower cost?

Btw, is M5 easy to set up (just a layman could follow it's setup instructions?)
Top Expert 2014
Commented:
Airgrid is not as good as NanoBridge.  I specced the NanoBridge because it was the best device at that price.

All you need is to connect to the LAN port on the remote NanoBridge and it will be just like sitting on the main LAN.
bbaoIT Consultant
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> Is M5 the only item I'll need in the scenario I've described?

of course, no. heaps of products can do the same thing in today's market.

but people do use and recommend a particular product as per their successful experiences.

> Is M5 encrypted?

yes, it supports all widely used encryption standards from earlier WEP to recent WPA1/2.

> Don't I need something like a Broadband router (say 2Wire) coupled with the M5?

M5 itself can be a router and firewall. of course, if you like you do have the option to configure it as dumb bridge.

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Last question:   can the Wifi Ssid of M5 be made non-broadcast ie one cant scan for it?
IT Consultant
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YES, a Hide SSID option is available as shown below.

M5 - AirOS - Basic Wireless Settings
but this function is only available in Access Point or AP‑Repeater mode only.

for more details, check AirOS user's guide at http://dl.ubnt.com/guides/airOS/airOS_UG.pdf
Top Expert 2014

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Why is the chosen comment 'the answer'?