[RndTbl] Point to point wireless

Kevin McGregor kmcgregor at shaw.ca
Wed Jul 4 09:30:57 CDT 2007

Where is a good place to order Buffalo wireless equipment? How
important is line-of-sight? Would it be reasonable to get a good
connection across 270 feet (~82m) from inside one house to inside
another, with trees and fences in the way? Two of the homes are 5.5
lots apart (across the backyard - no lane - and down five houses). I'd
rather get a better connection and not blanket the neighbourhood with
our signal if possible, which is why I'm wondering about a directional

----- Original Message -----

From: Adam Thompson <athompso at athompso.net>

Date: Tuesday, July 3, 2007 22:59

Subject: Re: [RndTbl] Point to point wireless

To: Kevin McGregor <kmcgregor at shaw.ca>

Cc: roundtable at muug.mb.ca

> Kevin McGregor wrote:

> > Does anyone have some pointers (personal experiences, URLs, etc) on 

> > how to set up a point to point (house to house) wireless network? I 

> > and two geeky neighbours are thinking about setting up a private 

> > internal network to connect our houses, and we're not sure where to start.

> The standard Linksys router (WRT54G-style) won't be a great choice, for 

> the main reason that someone else here has mentioned: crappy radios.

> However, Buffalo seems to have mitigated most of the problems with the 

> broadcom radio - we replaced all the WRT54Gs at work with Buffalo 

> WHR-54s (or something like that - check out the chart at 

> http://www.dd-wrt.com/) and instantly got easily double to triple the 

> range of the Linksys units, despite being based on the same reference 

> design.


> I would suggest buying three Buffalos (cheaper than the Linksys, by 

> mail-order only - no-one in the city seems to carry them), loading 

> either OpenWRT or DD-WRT on them [I prefer DD-WRT, it seems more 

> integrated], using the factory-default antennas, and EITHER putting them 

> all in ad-hoc mode, or putting one of them (the geographically central 

> one) in AP mode and the other two in client mode.


> I would also strongly recommend you NOT put them in bridge mode, rather 

> use them as proper routers - no need for NAT, specifically, but you 

> really really really don't want all your broadcast and/or multicast 

> traffic flooding the wireless side of things.


> -Adam


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