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Rural Wifi

12/03/2015 2:40 PM

Hi All,

I have

  1. a 70m hill on my farm
  2. slow DSL at home
  3. Hi-speed fibre connectivity about 1km away with line-of-site to possible tx site
  4. 4 nearby neighbours with similar slow DSL and LOS to my hill top.

Can anybody recommend a wifi based system for giving better speed/performance for all of us? I would prefer a d.c. unit as getting power to site is difficult (the hill is solid rock with a skim of soil on some of it.)

Thanks

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Re: Rural Wifi

12/03/2015 2:43 PM

It might be easier and fasterer to go with a Hughes dish system.

http://customercare.myhughesnet.com/

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Re: Rural Wifi

12/03/2015 2:49 PM

Thanks SHOCKHISCAN. The location is New Zealand and I have tried local 3G and satellite suppliers previously. Satellite here has better speed than the DSL but has low data caps. The 3G is better data caps but has variable contention rates and the speed seems to move around a lot.

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12/04/2015 10:18 AM

Since I don't know what things are like in New Zealand all I can do is tell my story. I lived in a rural area of California. Didn't have DSL or Cable available, could have used Satellite but didn't for the same reason as yours. If you have cell phone service in your area, then check with those providers about using a Jetpack. It's just a little WiFi amplifier. It has a phone number assigned to it and gives you up to 4G service. They start at 10gigs of Data per month but if you need more, then you can get your plan adjusted. These little Jetpacks can be taken and used anywhere that you can receive a signal. We have a place called Best Buy. It's an electronic and appliance department store and has a cellphone department with access to three different providers and they can check on a computer to show what cell phone service has the strongest signal in your area. I had Sprint, AT&T and Verison as option, I used Verison happened to be the stronger signal and the better plan.

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12/04/2015 4:43 PM

If you live in NZ, good luck. My daughter lives in Auckland and her Internet service is horrid. I noticed that it has gotten substantially poorer since 2009.

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Re: Rural Wifi

12/03/2015 3:41 PM

satellite

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12/03/2015 3:47 PM

This looks good...

"It's all about what you are willing to spend.

You could install your own point-to-point microwave specifically designed for what you want to do.
A pair of Ubiquiti airMAX Nanobridge M units will do what you want. They can use TDMA in a point-to-point situation with an advertised range of 20 km. I use 4 of these and my longest hop is 41 km (26 miles) with perfect results. I use the larger 16 inch dishes. In the TDMA mode, there is near-zero latency and nobody is going to leech off of you either.
They are PoE powered (injector is included) and setup is performed using a built-in webpage type interface similar to any router. This is carrier-class equipment.
Cost: about U.S. $80.00 each on Ebay. Search for "Nanobridge M."
The Ubiquiti site is HERE. Click on the Nanobridge M picture-link under the words "Airmax antennas."
They are available in 4 versions: 900 Mhz, 2.4 Ghz, 3 Ghz, and 5 Ghz. and no license is required in most countries.
It is also possible to use just one unit as a standard Wifi receiver, AP, or bridge."

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/39902-43-long-range-miles-directional-wifi-signal-boosting

https://www.ubnt.com/products/#broadband

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Re: Rural Wifi

12/03/2015 10:50 PM

i will second the use of Ubiquiti equipment. I don't use the dish option but I have a link from work to home using two Nanostation 5's without external antenna over 2 km's and the equipment has been faultless since 2009.

The nano's are robust, can take direct sunshine and rain.

And simple to set up. Just remember to set up the security, don't leave it open.

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12/03/2015 10:52 PM

Thanks SE and Dave, I will look at the links you have provided.

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Re: Rural Wifi

12/04/2015 7:12 AM

From a technical perspective this is neither difficult or unique in any way.

The most difficult aspect of this technically sound solution is getting 6 consuming parties to cooperate and a 7th party (the ISP that owns the fibre) to not interfere.

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Re: Rural Wifi

12/04/2015 12:59 PM

Here is a good place to start:

http://www.alfa.com.tw/

I have one on my roof that picks up a slightly obscured (trees) LOS local public wifi signal from about 500 meters. The signal from their antenna is carried to my WIN OS (XP, so far) via about 10 m of USB 2, but they advertise having a wireless repeater set-up which may get it from your hill top to you. My system is about three years old and still works.

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