I am in rural NJ (no DSL, Cable and 14.4 is fast for us) and have three or four neighbors
interested in joining me in a Wi-Fi/MAN network. Where to start? Do I need permission or a license?
What hardware do you recommend? Any examples to learn from? Any and all comments are welcomed.
What kind of hardware to use depends upon factors like the distance between your homes, RF-absorbing obstacles in between you (like trees), and whether you can position outdoor antennas for line-of-sight transmission between your homes. I suggest that you read about wireless outdoor routers to get a sense of what these products offer and the questions you'll need to ask. Here are just a few URLs to get you started:
- Alviron BreezeNET
- D-Link Outdoor Wireless
- Enterasys RoamAbout Outdoor
- ISP-Planet Fixed Wireless How-To
- Proxim Tsunami QuickBridge and MultiPoint
- Wave SPEEDLAN 9000 Series
This was first published in June 2003