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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 3:54 am    Post subject: Network Setup Reply with quote

These are the 2 networks I have put up over the last month. The maps show exact locations of the AP's mounted on 18ft light poles. The units in place are Asus WL-520GU's inside enclosures with the antennas mounted externally with a pigtail. The mounting point of the AP's is above the rooftops of the mobile homes. I want to replace the network with ubiquiti AP's. I was considering the NS2 or Pico2HP running the mesh firmware which I have running on 5 units testing and running right now. I have also read that there are issues with the range of the NS2's and that they are advertising more output power than they actually have. I am looking for suggestions for these sites. There is 24/7 120v power at these lights that I have already tapped into. Thank you in advance for the help.

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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 4:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would say that PicoStation with omni will be easier to cover more land. In mesh network, you should not forget that a node antenna serves 2 purpose, the network and the clients. If poles are made of steel, try to keep 6 inches to avoid uncontrollable effects on directivity and / or cancellations. NS2 would be good for point to point networking.
Nice project, how many routers and houses ?

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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 5:00 am    Post subject: Network setup Reply with quote

Sorrry I forgot to mention the poles are made of fiberglass. The arm is steel. I have 4 properties up. Each of these mobile home parks have about 17 AP's. There are 205 in one park and 350 in the other. Thanks I tried hard to make it a professional install but unfortunately I need to change the hardware out. So you say the pico2hp is better because of the omni and the ns2's are more directional?

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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd be afraid to leave those at ground level (on the last few pictures) Razz

Other than that, i wish i could do that in the neighborhood! I think I'm going to do it guerrilla style if i find a plug high up there! Wink

(Can't look at the map as it complains that i don't have IE6 or 7... even with a spoofed user agent!)
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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 6:57 am    Post subject: Network Setup Reply with quote

The ones at ground level are just examples they are not mounted there.


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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Claudio,
Great photos...Are you using ROBIN firmware in the nodes?

(Excuse me but I'll ask in spanish)

Cómo se llama la maquina para poder elevarte, necesito arrendar una de esas?
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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 8:24 pm    Post subject: Network Setup Reply with quote

No the current nodes are running ddwrt with the WIFIGATOR firmware updates for their billing system that I use. The billing system itself is absolutely wonderful and I would recommend it to anyone but the hardware is my problem. I do have 3 NS2's and 2 Pico2hp's running the robin firmware as of 2 days ago and they have been performing well in a test environment and wish to deploy them.


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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 11:03 pm    Post subject: power tapping Reply with quote

Hey claudio421,

How do you manage to tap into the power from the streetpoles what device do you use and whats the cost of them ?
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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 11:17 pm    Post subject: Network Setup Reply with quote

We tapped directly to the power at the bottom of the light. It is a 120v circuit and has power 24/7. At the top of the light their is a photocell. All I did was tap power run cable up the pole and out into my enclosure and put a plug on it with my power brick plugged into it. No special device just the plug.


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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 3:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If i were you, I'd plan to go with open-mesh's OM1P's, and rather than run AC power all the way up the pole, take advantage of the PoE injector that comes with the outdoor enclosure and put just the node at the top of the pole.

Can you explain what routing/mesh protocol you have been using?

Your project looks great!
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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 4:45 pm    Post subject: Network Setup Reply with quote

I already have these installed and the AC is already at the top. But for future reference I absolutely will take advantage of the POE. As far as the current system I am using a version of DDWRT with the WIFIGATOR setup. I want to change it to either mesh or PTMP with access points using NS5's as backhauls. It is a repeater type setup with WIFIGATOR doing the monitoring as well as the billing and user management.


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