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My friend owns a motel and asked me to help him with a problem. He would like to give his guests free wireless access to the internet. He has a cable modem and everything set up. The question I have is, what is the best way to approach this?

The motel is a regular 2 story Days Inn with about 100 rooms. Exterior is coated with bricks. Now I was thinking that we setup multiple access points at various points within the motel to increase signal strength and length. Is this possible? To make access points connect to each other so the information would pass down one by one?

What is the best access point to purchase in a situation like this? And any other equiptment?


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This looks like a solution.

http://www.linksys.com/Products/prod...id=157&grid=22

Hope this helps.
 
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Old 06-17-03, 05:23 PM
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Yes, I did consider the linksys model, but I was searching for something that could be mounted outside.

I was thinking that instead of multiple access points, now I can have a booster from D-Link that will boost the signal? Is this a better solution than a muiltple access point scenario?

I have a cable modem connected to a D-Link Access Point and works fine...

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It is supposed to have a range of 1640 feet. That seemed enough.

But, it was an option.
 
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I tested it out at someone elses house but the signal strength did not go very far beyond the perimeter of the house. It seems that the signal breaks up as it goes through walls.

What I want to do now is have my cable modem connect to a router/access point. Thats #1 . (Access Point/Router: http://www.dlink.com/products/digita.../11b+/di714p+/)

Then #2, I will install a wireless card in one or my computers are use the network to make sure it works.

Then #3, I want to purchase a booster to place outside so all the rooms recieve the signal. The booster will connect to the access point and act as the "other access point with long range" .

However, the boosters that I've found have a long range but there are variances between the horizantal and vertical angles at which the signal points at. I was considering this booster:

http://www.dlink.com/products/Digita...1b/ant24_1801/

But if you take a look at its manual in the support center, it shows that the signal is 15 degrees vertical and horizantal. So does that mean that the people who are not within that 15 degrees will not recieve any signal?

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Old 06-17-03, 07:35 PM
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whats wrong with a wired approach? If all the rooms have cable, why not a 10/100 or 10/100/1000 network? Of course you realize that once the word gets out you will have people in the parking lot stealing the bandwidth and doing stupid and possibly illegal things with it. Also, alot of people don't have wireless setup on their machine, and are more likely to have a 10/100 net card.
 
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None of the rooms have ethernet cableing and also, we will have encryption at its highest level. I just want to know if the above scenario I posted is possible. I want the booster so that al lthe people in the rooms who will get a wireless card will recieve a signal
 
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Here's just a few links i found, you might browse them and get some ideas. Of course building a wireless network is possible,but when it could mean possible loss of future business, you will want to make it as good as can be.

http://technologymeetings.com/ar/mee...odes/index.htm
http://www.symbol.com/products/wirel..._hospital.html
http://www.apple.com/airport/
http://www.netstumbler.com/
http://www.alvarion.com/RunTime/Prod...?tNodeParam=16
 
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Hey, thanks for the links they really helped.

What would you guys reccommend? The booster or multiples of D-Link Range Extender which acts as another "access point."

What I am worried about antennas is that they have this point direction thing where the signal travels which I don't quite understand. (the degrees horizontal and vertical). And I cannot just point the antenna one way because the rooms behing the office will not recieve signal? Is this right?
 
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Is D-Link a good company? I was just considering purchasing a wireless acess point and router , and then getting their a couple extenders to place throught the building. Is that a good idea?

The antenna idea seems difficult because I don't know what they mean with the "omni" and "directional". I give up on that.

What do you guys think


thanks in advance again again and again
 
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Omni-directional means that it radiates equally in all directions. Directional means that there is a stronger lobe of radiation in one direction or two, as the case may be.

15 degrees likely means that the antenna has a low angle of radiation from 0 - 15 dgrees enabling the power to essentially be focused in this area. For direction the lobe would be greatest in an area 15 degrees wide from a line extending through the radiating end of the antenna. Anything outside of that angle would receive a greatly reduced signal.
 
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Oh, now I understand. Here is a layout of the building that I am talking about. The red spots are where I need the signals at.



I will have a access point/router. Then I will get the D-Link Extender Access Point where the antenna will disconnect and I will place a large one on it.

Where do you reccomend that I put the antenna? And what type of antenna do you reccommend so that most of the building will recieve signal?

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