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internet sharing through wifi between two houses 600 m apart

by rmperd / April 23, 2009 1:22 AM PDT

I plan to take out an internet service plan and share it with my friend living 600 m (1200 ft) away from me.

He has a laptop using 802.11g card and i have a Belkin mmo g broadband router(does not have removable antenna nor WDS option) connected over cat-5 to my desktop. Both Pcs running windows xp sp3

All i want to do is mainly share the internet access and i know how to configure security and the router. I need help with the hardware side of actually using radio signals for the physical layer of communication.

Solution 1
Buy 2 linksys wrt54g routers and flash with dd-wrt to allow wireless bridging and attach external antenna to each linksys with WDS (wireless bridging) enabled,I dont know if this will work nor what antenna to use since my budget is US$250.

P.S there is some interference between the buildings by trees and a couple houses. Also there is no law in my country against wifi standards and equipment nor modification.

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Good hunting and luck.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 23, 2009 1:30 AM PDT

As there was no question in your post I can only guess you were sharing what you were going to do and tell us how it turned out!

You are about 6 times over the distance I expect WIFI to work so I too would like to know how your solution works.
Bob

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what i intend to do
by rmperd / April 23, 2009 2:00 AM PDT
In reply to: Good hunting and luck.

I plan to do this within the next month. I would like some help and suggestions on if what i am doing is possible and what i can do to accomplish my outcome.

Thesis

share internet over wifi network using 2 wrt54g with external mounted antenna on two houses using WDS(wireless bridging through dd-wrt firmware) of a distance of 600 m or 1200 ft


could someone suggest the best external antennas and other options of linking routers wirelessly since WDS uses one router as a repeter when i just want to extend the network without loss in bandwidth.

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No one should tell you this will work.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 23, 2009 2:16 AM PDT
In reply to: what i intend to do

There is no off the shelf gear or antennas on the consumer or most shelves that anyone will give you any warranty or even a nod it will work at that distance.

But you will find people that will go right ahead and try it with wifi gear none the less.

Thesis: It should not work at this distance with gear you can buy on Amazon, Newegg and more.

Explore other than WIFI gear.
Bob

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i am looking for what will work and not what could work.
by rmperd / April 24, 2009 3:25 AM PDT

"There is no off the shelf gear or antennas on the consumer or most shelves that anyone will give you any warranty or even a nod it will work at that distance."

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833164135

this antenna offers a coverage area of up to 1.5 miles omnidirectional and can be mounted on the roof. So do some research before making comments.

"Explore other than wifi gear"

What other gear is out there to allow wireless communication between two houses 1000-1200 feet away!

Since i haven't been given any constructive advice im going ahead with this project and hope the outcome helps anyone who thinks about setting up a long distance link under a mile between home in the future.

I will post my results soon

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"What other gear is out there to allow wireless communicatio
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 24, 2009 6:15 AM PDT

"What other gear is out there to allow wireless communication between two houses 1000-1200 feet away!"

That would be point to point microwave links. Wifi gear is cheap, fungible and many are trying to press the limits but your posts didn't give me the feeling you wanted anything but rock solid and no speed loss.

The item you noted is well known to me but I wouldn't bother at this distance.
Bob

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by rmperd / April 27, 2009 5:40 AM PDT

"That would be point to point microwave links."

Care to expand more.

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Just one of many.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 27, 2009 5:48 AM PDT
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Quite a range
by bkirby / April 27, 2009 3:50 PM PDT

You're looking at a directional antenna that have a decent range. Here is one example to consider:

http://www.radiolabs.com/products/antennas/2.4gig/2.4-aluminum-parabolic.php

This antenna will give you a wider transmit area than a Yagi type and doesn't need to be lined up perfectly with the receiving antenna.

Yagi's can be temperamental if something gets in the line-of-site--like a tree.

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