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    Wireless networking outdoors

    We are evaluating ways to stretch an Ethernet connection across a parking lot. The widely deployed 802.11b wireless networks do not offer sufficient throughput at that distance, but there are some products (e.g., Intel PRO 5000 and SMC EZ 2755W) that implement 802.11a which seems to be a more viable option. A different vendor suggested microwave dishes.

    Has anyone used any wireless network outdoors, and how did it go?

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    Re: Wireless networking outdoors

    I suppose a lot of that is in the distance that you need to go. I recently read an article on building your own antenna, and amazingly you can build a stronger (signal strength) unit cheaply. The story was on people using Pringles tubes and laptops to find unsecured wireless LANs.
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    Re: Wireless networking outdoors

    Yeah, I read a great one about maximizing the signal with a Nalley's stew can. Perhaps that will get us closer to the theoretical maximum. (Though I wouldn't want to have to explain a network failure due to an ant attack.)

    Since 802.11b maxes out at 11 Mbps, and 802.11a maxes out at 54 Mbps, the latter is much more attractive. I just don't know how much the signal degrades in the real world...whatever size can you use.

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    Re: Wireless networking outdoors

    Now that sounds interesting.

    Pringles, anyone?

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