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08-Nov-2005, 03:31 AM #1
Solved: Best Router for long distance?
I am wanting to know what the best router is for long distance... My uncle is wanting to set up a wireless network at his summer camp but the main internet plug in is at his house which is on the camp site but is about 1000ft. Anyone know if there is any router out there that would work or any ideas on how to make it work? thanks!
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08-Nov-2005, 10:52 AM #2
Ethernet has a limitation - 100 meters or 328 feet thats only 1/3rd what your needing.

Try something like this -

http://www.dceexpress.com/Patton_Ethernet_Extenders.htm

I have not used it but have seen it many times.

you also could do fiber optics....
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08-Nov-2005, 11:17 AM #3
and if he went with this option it would be wireless right?

what is fiber optics? not to familar with it.
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08-Nov-2005, 11:31 AM #4
Here i found this one it says

"The Gateway Router uses the wireless 802.11g 2.4GHz standard to offer you the widest working range-upto 1800 feet-and greater interoperability in mixed networking environments."

http://www.gigapc.com/index.asp?page...product=110878
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08-Nov-2005, 11:37 AM #5
Erp didn't read wireless... been a long day. both my solutions were wired.
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08-Nov-2005, 11:42 AM #6
Just rememeber wireless ranges are impacted based upon a number of factors including weather, emf, walls, other wireless technologies (I.E. wireless phones). Just to name some of the possibilities. So wherever you see a max range advertised be a little wary.

I can't tell you what has the best range because I try to steer people away from wireless.
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08-Nov-2005, 11:51 AM #7
I've used the Linksys wireless router with SRX with matching network cards in one location that was farily spread out.

With the previous G adapters, single strength was pretty low. After changing to the new supposedly better product, the signal strength went up to over 90% and they haven't have problems for a month or so now. Was more expensive but they needed the distance and couldn't run a cable between the two buildings.
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08-Nov-2005, 07:18 PM #8
I've run 802.11b about 3/4 a mile with a pair of Cantenna units and standard Linksys hardware. If you have line of sight between the two locations, 1000 feet shouldn't be an issue. However, any obstructions will REALLY cut down the range.
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08-Nov-2005, 11:57 PM #9
the only think thats in the way really is just trees...

Bob Cerelli, you said "After changing to the new supposedly better product, the signal strength went up to over 90% and they haven't have problems for a month or so now. Was more expensive but they needed the distance and couldn't run a cable between the two buildings."

what product are you talking about? The router doesnt have to be one of those little ones that you get for a home or anything im refering to anything possible.
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09-Nov-2005, 12:08 AM #10
The router was:
Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router with SRX

http://www.linksys.com/servlet/Satel...VisitorWrapper

It was the size of a typical home router. Something like $100.

The configuration was they had a regular access point (G) that was going through three walls and a chain link fence. By the time it made it to the remote computers, the Internet connection was at best pretty poor. Not the best configuration but at least the new router solved their problem.
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09-Nov-2005, 12:15 AM #11
Now with that router can any one with a wireless card or build in wireless access it?

Is there any way i can find out it would work before we get it because i dont want to get it and then it not work. Maybe if i email Linksys they could tell me.

Are there longer antenas to make the range longer? i know i have seen bigger antenas for wider range but im not sure if they work or anything.
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09-Nov-2005, 12:18 AM #12
You can have more than one connection at a time. This particular office only had five computers but you could certainly have more.

You might check with Linksys to make sure the distance you need would work. I would also recommend purchasing it from a store that will have something like a two week return policy with no restocking fee.

Or have you looked at the Cantenna Johnwill suggested. Or is there too much in the way.
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09-Nov-2005, 05:19 PM #13
If there's a number of trees in the way, I think any wireless solution based on standard 802.11g/b hardware will probably be pretty "iffy".
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09-Nov-2005, 05:52 PM #14
i was told to check out Cisco. I check out there site and found this.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps5861/index.html

I dont really understand what it is.

What is a access point?
What is a bridge?
Whats the differance between these and a wireless router?
Would this product work for what im wanting to do?
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09-Nov-2005, 07:56 PM #15
I didn't realize that you has $1000-1500 to spend on solving this problem you should try pricing the Cisco hardware before you go too far down that road...
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