Working on a 1/4 mile point-to-point wifi connection

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I'm working on creating a point-to-point wireless network between my computer store and a car wash I own that's about 1 /4 mile away. I thought I might start a thread to share the progress along the way. :)

The goal is to be able to provide Internet service for credit card payments as well as security camera monitoring. I'm hopeful that the connection will be stable and low latency enough to also allow for VOIP.


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Next door to the computer store is a home that was once owned by the local ambulance squad. They've got a tall tower still there that is no longer in use. We've made arrangements to be able to put a Ubiquiti Nanobeam on it, which will have a clear line-of-sight to the car wash. We got a tower that was once used by a home to receive TV signals and put it up at the car wash. On Monday, I got up in the bucket truck and mounted the Nanobeam there. (Photos below.) We still need to run conduit and cables to the tower on the computer store side and then climb that tower (as the bucket truck won't reach). It should be fun! I don't think that'll get done next week, but hopefully the week after.

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Looks nice. Any concerns about snow and ice buildup on the antennas during winter?
 

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I don't think that will be a problem. I've used NanoStations many times in the past for shorter runs and have never had a problem. Those have more of a flat front while these are a little rounded. Still, they're smooth and vertical enough that I don't think much will collect there, at least not for long. Time will tell. ;) Now, I would not be surprised if the link is compromised during an especially thick snow storm.
 

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I'm guessing not many cars washed until after thick snow storms. :D
Ha! You might be surprised. I'm always shocked when I see people in there washing their car during rain storms. I guess they've got to get those bird droppings off!
 

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That would have been my suggestion to use the Ubiquiti equipment. Nice project.

Oh and on the ice build up, it's not a concern on any outdoor access point as they have built in heater elements in them. That's why they require either dedicated power supplies or run on PoE+ or the new 60W PoE standard.
 

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I'm almost certain that the Nanobeams don't have heaters. The Poe injector is only 24v. Even so, I think the form factor will lead to little build up, at least outside of the Arctic. Hopefully I won't be proven wrong. ;)
 

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That's interesting. All the Aruba Networks outdoor APs have built in heater elements. That's why I thought the Ubiquiti would have it. And Ubiquiti using 24V for their PoE injector is definitely proprietary to them. Everyone else uses 48V which conforms to the IEEE standard for all the various versions of PoE.
 

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That's interesting. All the Aruba Networks outdoor APs have built in heater elements. That's why I thought the Ubiquiti would have it. And Ubiquiti using 24V for their PoE injector is definitely proprietary to them. Everyone else uses 48V which conforms to the IEEE standard for all the various versions of PoE.
You're right. I hate that some of their stuff isn't 802.3af/at. There's really no excuse for it these days.
 

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Their newer stuff is finally moving to 48V which makes it so much easier to purchase switches for.
 
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this is an interesting project. please let us know what speed you are getting from the car wash after you implement it.
 

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I'm planning to climb up the tower tomorrow (Friday) afternoon. I'm hoping to have enough time to get everything mounted and start aiming. Fingers crossed! :D
 

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Post a full view of this "Tower"?
If some else is there, have you in the photo, so we can see that you do climb towers.
 
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