Iím looking at setting up a Free, open, Wifi Hotspot at my house,
My hopes are to spend less than $500. Id like to get free Wifi to as many people in my area as I can...
I currently have a Very large Cap high speed connection that Im not fully using, and itís a waste, but for the price I pay I donít wish to change to a new plan. I get 60GB cap per month..
What Hardware is best for getting the max range..?
A range of 1-2km would be a dream...
I would put the Senao in a water tight box on the roof next to the Omni.
I currently have small netgear DG834G home, AP/ ADSL modem. So this setup would just be on top of my current home network.
Any Advice on Better ways to go about it, Hardware, maybe router software / Linux hotspot software, As I said I have some money to put into this but the less I spend the better, as Im not making anything out of it.
Would also be kool if I could control the speed based on the number of users, so not one user hogs it all..
Yep, sounds really good. As you say it would be good to control the data flow as it could get out of control.
Simply you could get a second hand PC like an old pentium or amd and set it up with a version of linux and make it into a sever. Install 2 100Mbps network cards and have your network feed going into the sever and out to the Senaco unit.
Use POE to feed the Senaco up the pole with the antenna.
POE= Power over either net or 802.3af i think is the IEEE standard
I have a 15dBi omni and have tested it on several wireless devices ranging from 30mw to 500mw. The range was 1.5km to 5.7km LOS. Please note that the receiving device was a laptop and could not send back to the source.