Well, you're quite close to me (I'm Michael on NodeDB) and if you could get a link to the network and I could get a link to you..... (I'll stop dreaming now). I also don't have any equipment yet though.
I honestly think I would have a better chance of connecting to someone in Devonport (6kms) than into GI. I am on the wrong side of the ridgeline to have any line of sight to you. (See previous link to my view)
Someone like Matty_J or Cope or Oliver would probably be a go-er.
Aza might be as well.
I'm keen at looking at some kind of directional long link (for braggng rights!) as well as as a sector antenna for closer (2-3km) nodes.
I have added a map view as well of my field of vision:
I am in orakei but from your picture it seems that I am over a dip.
Ask ShadowX about a big aerial and get yourself a grunty AP,
The linksys WET11 is a grunty one but I don't know if it acts as an accesspoint. Cheap enough though.
It would be interesting to give it a try when you get some gear.
Is there anyone on Kepa Rd who is high enough to link to?
What can you see up St Johns Rd? Can you see the Dental Surgery? (across and closer to Blackett Cres)
Can you see Eastridge?
OK! I have my node up and running!
It may be up and down occasionally while I sort out my firewall/server suituation, but in general is in regular operation.
I have installed an 8 slot ShadowX 180 deg slotted waveguide and attached to a Dlink 900+ AP. The antenna is mounted on top of my 3 storied house (one in a block of 4) much to the amusement of my neighbours. Currently running on Channel 11, SSID is bigted.akl.nzwireless.org.
I have pointed the antenna north and slightly to the west of the sky tower.
Hopefully this will give a reasonable coverage across more of the northern part of the city. (Maybe even parts of the Nth shore)
Stephen (kimihia) asked me tell you (bigted) that he biked past your house this morning and tried to connect to your AP. He said that its clearly visible from the road but he couldn't connect to it. He thinks that it was a fault with his Zaurus but he mentioned that the signal strength wasn't too high (beside the cafe).
Excellent, I have pointed the antenna down a little to improve reception.
(Most of my signal was originally pointing at the sky 8O )
(You went by at 16:44 by the look of my log file, same MAC as the one previously)
I have managed to detect my AP from 950m LOS away using a standard PCMCIA card. Couldn't get a link though as the card couldn't get that far.
Need to make/buy/win a portable directional antenna for better wardriving..
PS: Anyone know a someone called nileishika? (S)he got a connect (and a dhcp lease) the other day. Just wanted to know if they wanted a more permanent link...........