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Old 05-29-2011, 05:15 AM
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Default Setting up long range WiFi with guest accounts?

Hi everyone. I know this post will be long winded but I have a lot of information to go along with my question. We are a local fair and would like to setup wireless internet on the grounds. I would also like to offer wifi for vendors and promoters but not allow them access to our network. Total distance I need to cover is around 800 feet. So, my question I guess is what equipment do I need to be able to do guest accounts AND be able to cover the area that I need to cover. I have inserted a picture of the grounds with some notes which will hopefully help with any questions. We are starting from scratch on equipment so recommendations are greatly appreciated. I also don't mind flashing the routers with something like DD-WRT. Thanks for any advice!
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Old 06-01-2011, 07:10 PM
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Well to cover an area like that, you'd need at least one, maybe two outdoor repeaters. I've had good results with the HOW2R1 that you've probably seen me recommending elsewhere. These devices are rated for about 1000 feet in ideal conditions, however due to interference and other issues like line of sight. I would suggest getting two and mounting them in a way that they both are repeating the signal from your router with the DSL connection. Perhaps location 6, facing your source if you can mount and power it, or location 3, as well as location 4, or if unable to mount, location 2?

As far as guest accounts, that's something I think you'll need third party software to do so, as I'm not sure routers/repeaters are capable of giving out guest passes.

The repeaters are available on Amazon for cheapest ($239.95 is the cheapest I've found online through 949-Electronics on Amazon). Check it out, see if it's what you need and within your budget. Sorry I can't really help you with the guest accounts, however.

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