/* Void Main's Wifi Tips */

{ Wifi/OpenWrt Tips(); } else { main(); }
ยป Void Main's Long Range Wireless
#include <stddisclaimer.h>

When might you use this tip?
- You need network/Internet access to remote location up to 5 miles or more away

Pros: Cheap and easy.

Cons: Line of site.

Tools/parts Required: Two NanoStation Loco 2 routers or equivalent.

Let us begin:

NOTE: Click on the thumbnail images in this tip to zoom in on the image.

Instructions coming soon!

All the gory details can be found here:
My discussion at OpenWRT forums

Proof of concept (two WRT54GL v1.1 Linksys routers running OpenWrt Kamikaze 8.09.2 and a Telex 13.5dBi yagi which I got used for $40 and wasn't used in final solution):

13.5 dbi Yagi

More proof of concept where I connected the yagi to one of the WRTs and configured it for both AP mode and client mode. The client virtual wireless interface connected to an AP in the house. Drove my truck with laptop in hand about a half mile down the road where the yagi was pointing to and was able to get a full strength connection from my laptop to the AP behind the yagi. Was able to surf the net perfectly:

13.5 dbi Yagi

Final Solution: Ubiquiti NanoStation Loco 2 Linux based outdoor wireless router/bridge ($49/ea). One Loco installed half way up a home TV antenna tower and the other loco installed on the peak of a roof around 0.5 miles away. One is configured in AP mode and the other is configured in client mode. I have them configured as a layer 2 bridge as both ends need to be on the same IP network for my solution:

Ubiquiti NanoStation Loco 2

Almost 25Mbps which is the full bandwidth possible on these devices:

Ubiquiti NanoStation Loco 2

Ubiquiti NanoStation Loco 2

This is the IP network layout with an OpenVPN connection between the two end networks. It doesn't actually show where the wireless units are. They are configured as a layer 2 bridge and would be inserted on the line between device1 and device3:

Network Layout

Further Reading:
Fresnel Zone (If you don't know what this is you need to read up on this link)
Linksys GPL Firmware page (Thank you Linksys and thank you Richard Stallman (GPL)!!)
My discussion at OpenWRT forums
OpenWRT Web Site (my wireless web server runs it)
My wireless web server thread
Seattle Wireless WRT54G page
P.S. SVEASOFT and Windows are not supported here.

Have fun!


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