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Setting up a WIFI coverage for large area
I am trying to set up a wifi network for a hotel in UK . I made first plans and diagrams but I am not sure if the solution is good enough or too powerfull.
Here are some drowings of area to be covered.
Here is my diagram
I was thinking about using 4 Ubiquiti NanoStation5 loco briges and 3 wap4400 APs but I dont know if it would work.
What equipement should I use? I was thinking about bridging signal to tower and cottages by setting up 2 bridges on top floor and AP to give some coverage for higher floors
The budget is about £500- £1000. Speeds are not important but coverage and connection.
What are your recomendations?
Thanks for your help.
Can I just get 7 x Ubiquiti Bullet2HP and use them as in above diagram as bridge and access point? would it give me enough coverage?
Bullets are optimized for point to point links. SOHO routers are optimized for providing multiuser access in a small area.
Mesh routers are optimized for providing multiuser access in a large area.
Concrete with rebar, wood, ?
If you could make the 60 meter leap to the tower with a mesh router, I think you'd be home free running mesh throughout.
Look at open-mesh dot com. They have some interesting info.
I would probably use bullet (bullet2 or bullet5HP?, its only 60m) to get signal to the tower and use D-Link DAP-2553 in wsd/ap mode to get it to cottages ahd another DAP-2553 upstairs to cover uncovered areas.
would that be good enough ?
For 29 dollars for their low end, might just replace it?
After long research I found this offer
Mesh Networks : confero24.com | WiFi/WLAN Antenna (Outdoor/Indoor, Omni-Directional, Sector/Panel), Cables, Boosters, Splitters
looks like perfect solution for me. Thanks for all your help.
Too bad it is US version package what means I cant install it in uk (230v)
I use Linksys WRT-54Gs with freifunk firmware for my mesh. ~$45 per router, free software.
AC Input: 100 - 240 V
DC Output: 5V x 2A
yeah good point, only need to change the plug to uk type (costs like £1)
Exelent then, thanks for your support guys.
Just wondering how I got this website in pounds, not dollars (all prices were in pounds), cant seem to do it again.
If it works I would save few hundred
I ordered 10x pro open mesh routers with picostation2hp (flashed for open mesh), 5 outdoor covers, 15m cat6 cable and Passive poe injector for pico. looks like a good deal and should give a coverage for whole area. here are some plans:
cable is carried to the roof top as the walls there are much thiner (wood) whereas walls on the ground floor are 0.8m stone
Last edited by koles_pl; 08-04-2009 at 03:27 PM..
You will want to use a mesh type wireless network where wireless nodes are interconnected to one another and find the best route to the gateway automatically. You can start with open-mesh.com... they are a free service that allows you to monitor the entire network from any web browser.
If you need advanced help, my company specializes in difficult implementations within steel and concrete structures. We have enabled wifi on just about every inch of several pre-WWII buildings.
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