Need an antenna to make an entire motel wireless

Need an antenna to make an entire motel wireless

Postby th3g1z » Sun Jan 05, 2003 3:53 pm

Well, my father has a 58 room motel, and he wants to make the entire motel wireless. We have a Netgear 814 router. I am wondering what kind of antenna you guys suggest to supply all the rooms with a wireless connection. Or if you guys suggest a different way of doing it. Any input is appreciated, thanks.
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Postby Mr.White » Sun Jan 05, 2003 5:20 pm

It depends on the layout of the motel. More info would help:

Multiple stories or single level.
Several buildings or just one.
How many square feet?
What is/are the building/s constructed of?

And most importantly, what's your budget?
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Postby Thorn » Sun Jan 05, 2003 7:31 pm

Mr. White is correct. You'd have to supply a lot more info to get an adequate answer. It may not just be a single antenna that will be needed to cover the motel. Depending on the layout, you might actually need several APs, specialized antennae or "leaky" cable, etc.

A couple of suggestions:
1) Contact someone in your area for an estimate of the job. In fact, get several. That might tell you if it is even something that is possible to do yourself, or you are in over your head.

2) Get rid of the NetGear unit, and get something like an ORiNOCO AP-2000. The NetGear won't handle the traffic very well if you get more than a few users on at the same time; which is kind of the whole idea of a motel setup.

3) The final consideration is bandwidth. What kind of pipe is going to feed this setup? It will need to be a business class DSL (ok) or a T1 (better) if you expect to get very many users.

If you are going to provide this service to your customers you'll want to do it right. Especially if you are charge a surcharge like is done for telephones. Otherwise is will cause a fair amount of grief. Do it right and it can be a money maker for you.
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Postby peekitty » Sun Jan 05, 2003 8:04 pm

Originally posted by Thorn
A couple of suggestions:
1) Contact someone in your area for an estimate of the job. In fact, get several. That might tell you if it is even something that is possible to do yourself, or you are in over your head.

That's the best advice you could get, get someone with experience to set this up. You'll get nothing but headaches if you try a DIY-job based on free advice from bulletin boards (not to dismiss the ability and knowledge of the board members...)
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Postby Phoenix_down » Sun Jan 05, 2003 11:21 pm

As Thorn and Mr. White said, more info is good. However, the SMC EZ Connect SMCANT-DI135 omni directional high gain antenna is promising, it can penetrate walls like none other and has an 7 mile range if you were willing to attach a signal amplifier to it. The main thing though in your situation is structural penetration, not necessarily a several mile range, and this antenna exceeds in that department. You can shop around for it, but the best price I’ve ever seen it for was $150 dollars, and that’s not including the pigtail you will need.
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Postby peekitty » Mon Jan 06, 2003 6:37 pm

Looks interesting, though pricey, and 7 miles seems a bit optimistic for 13.5db. It's certainly directional, not an omni- check out the pattern. Probably a Yagi or helical.
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Postby Phoenix_down » Tue Jan 07, 2003 12:32 pm

Thanks for the info sheet, I hadn't seen it yet. And I appreciate the correction, the website I saw it advertised on called it an "omni." I'm skeptable of 7 miles also, but SMC claims it is capable of it, and I'm inclined to believe them. However, it does not specify conditions or obstructions used in the eight mile figure.
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Postby db8tr » Tue Jan 07, 2003 12:52 pm

The pdf data sheet directly from the manufacturer: http://www.smc.com/drivers_downloads/library/SMCANT_DS.pdf
On the 7 mile range... I can guarantee that figure is for a unobstructed, line of sight, low humidity, low smog type conditions. Manufacturers always tend to give the maximum possible. Thus the "up to" wording of the claim.
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Postby comatose » Wed Jan 22, 2003 12:10 pm

the smc antennas are helix, accually they are
made by luxul.net a tad expensive tho.
check out http://www.signull.com they have a 15dbi yagi for $70
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