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Setting up a wireless hotspot for a apartment building, on a budget.
There were lots of offers by various companies to setup and maintain this sort of thing, but most of them involved a revenue sharing system that had fairly large setup fee's.
So I investigated the possibility of setting it up ourselves, and last week, things finally went live.
The setup includes:
- 2 * Linksys WRT54GL routers running CoovaAP ($115 each new off Ebay)
- DLink PoE Adaptor ($70 from a local wholesaler)
- 2.4GHz ComTenna ($100 from CityTechnology.com.au)
- 1M of weatherproof Cat5E cable ($20 for 20M from freenet antennas)
- Cat5E extension from reception to 2nd floor (installed by certified Electrian: $550).
- Monthly fee for Worldspot service of about$15.00.
The WRT54GL's are setup in bridged mode (i.e. the one outside, where most people will get access to, has its cable plugged into a LAN port, and at the other end is plugged into the LAN port of the master WRT54GL (which has access to the Net).
We now have wireless access with a signal strength of between 30-50 dB in each room (60+ rooms over 6 levels). The signal goes out to Malcolmn street too, so you can actually get a signal of about 15db from Parliament House, if you like, yes, I tested this for fun ;)
The property gets 100% of the revenue, and this equipment should last at least a few years.
None of it would have been possible, without the the Linksys WRT54GL Wireless Router and CoovaAP firmware.