I am a new person to this site but love the idea and concept. I am interested in creating a node from my home (Te Papapa in auckland) and am reading the sticky's posted on the forums. I already run a wireless network in my home with an access point, however it is of generic manufacture and I am wondering if it would be suitable, it is of course running on the 802.11b standard but I still wonder if I have to upgrade?. I will post pics from my roof as soon as I get them taken but as a general query what are the specs required to run a node from home.
I realise this question has probably been asked many many times before but I have probably missed the answers here.
if you want to make your signal as strong as possible, the idea is to have the least distance between your wireless card / router and the external aerial, so some people stick their PCs in their roof or pull apart their wireless router and put it in a weatherproof box and stick that up on the roof (and do what is called POE ("Power Over Ethernet")) alongside their aerial.