After what has seemed like a big uphill battle I'm here, mounted, installed, powered up, and ready for some wireless goodness.
My house has a fair view, but I've managed to convince the neighbours to let me use their roof for an even better view firstly, and secondly so I could get a link to travln. They we keen on them not having anything to do with it, so I've had to power it from here -which meant it was time for a crash course in PoE (Power over ethernet)
This meant undertaking rather an ambitious power over ethernet project too because of the distances involved. - especially for someone who hasn't done so much as crimp a cat5 cable before!
Further, I'm running 2 APs up there!
On the test bench using the entire 100m cat5 cable there was too much voltage drop with my 19V power supply for both APs to run simultanoues using 2 pairs of the cat5. Interestingly using 5 wires was enough for it to work though.
Fortunately the Linksys WRT54GS APs have switching voltage regulators, which means I could feed them a wide range of voltages without having to buy regulators.
Once all installed I had about a 70m of cable to the furtherest AP, and by injecting the power in my roof as close as possible to the corner of our house, the power only has to travel about 50m (at a guess).
I use both pairs, one pair for positive, and one for negative to the first AP, then along a seperate cat5 between the two APs, using both pair in that cable to minimise voltage drop.
AP1 is connected to a Waveguide facing the city, and it has a huge view of the shore near the bridge.
AP2 is connected to a 19db grid which is pointing at travln, with the intention of bridging/routing between these two connections to provide access from as far away as the cdb onto travln, and hence up as far as albany depending on who is connected to him at the time.
The AP's are housed in wooden boxes that my helpful dad made for me. For those doubting how watertight or secure something wooden could be, read on for the pictures, these things are hurricane proof! I could stand on them!
It's weatherproof ply for starter, but we painted them very thickly with roof paint for several coats just be sure, and all edges are siliconed for extra water tightness.
I'm useless at making webpages I'm afraid, so hopefully below you'll see pictures of my install, and what my waveguide can see (hopefully YOU!)
The Cable going between my house and 'the shops' next door.
A helpful friend just looking for an excuse to drill something!
Mounting my homebuilt AP-box
AP-box and Waveguide
Linksys WRT54GS #1 ready to be installed in AP-box
Closeup of Wiring/Cabling for the First Linksys
Here's a better shot of how the AP-box works,
The AP sits on a board, and that whole board slots into the AP-box housing from the bottom, which is recessed a good distance inwards to stop any water possibly getting in. And the top of the boxes has a overhanging slope to shed any surface water.
The following is my attempt at a panoramic show showing what the waveguide can see.
As you can see, it has a HUUUGE view, so I'm hoping that this will be a very useful connection for the rest of the nzwireless community, lord know I've spent enough money and time on the project - so I hope its useful and I look forward to networking with everybody
At this stage I'm still in the setup stage. Both APs have been flashed with linux firmware, I have the sveasoft firmware on one, and the openWRT on the waveguide's AP.
The second connection is meant to be a peer connection to travln, but since he's down I'm happy to connect with anyone else that can get a good signal off my 19db grid - I was really surprised how much it can see!
So this node isn't what you would call reliable yet, but this is just a note to let ya'll know I'm here with a 54Mbit connection, see if you can see me from your house, and if so - lets start networking!
And I'll add at this point that I left kismet running on both APs overnight on saturday, and I found 72 networks between the two of them!
I've already made a successful connection with the borg node in grafton, whose waveguide isn't even facing me! So I know there must be at least someone out there that can connect to me. Just looking at nodedb, I'm guessing that these people should have a good shot:
and others in the city
And someone called WLAN has a great connection to my GRID to the north.
My SSID is email@example.com
, and it's channel 6 for the waveguide.
If any of you can see my grid (facing north) it's firstname.lastname@example.org
, and channel 11.
I'm still not altogether sure which IP range I should be using - looking at the list to your left it seems there is several ranges - can someone please fill me in on what to use?
Special thanks go out to Richms, who inspired the project, and helped me setup all this up, he also loaned me gear, and leant a hand with the final installation.
And a big thank-you to stevewright for his never ending patience and very helpful suggestions with the power over either side of this - I had NO IDEA!
Andrew and BORG for the antennas
Michael for selling me the powersupply running the APs.
and Dave (the dodgey looking dude with the drill) for helping with the install on the roof.
Drop me an email: email@example.com