Posts Tagged ‘Outdoor’
Sunday, May 1st, 2005
DIY: Outdoor Wireless Access Point/Signal Repeater
In my previous post, I went over how I created a weatherproof Wi-Fi camera rig. I decided to write a separate entry about how I got Wi-Fi signal to the camera during the construction process of my new home.
This project was installed about a year and a half ago and has been functioning since. There have been times I needed to reboot the repeater throughout the year, so it’s not like you can install it forget about it (unless you buy commercial products, not a Linksys). You also have to keep an eye out for growing shrubs and trees, since that will limit your signal over time.
First up, you’re going to have to have access to an internet connection (DSL/Cable). I had the luxury of having my parents near by, so I didn’t have to deal with any neighbors trying to secure an internet connection during construction (check your area and see if anyone has their wireless wide open… you might just want to repeat that signal).
I hope this post gives you some ideas as how to easily setup an access point outside your home. Maybe you have a park across the way that you’d love to work at, but can’t because you need to be connected… this project can surely make it possible.
The Parts List:
- A HyperLink 8db Compact Omnidirectional 2.4ghz Antenna or a HyperLink 8db Patch Antenna
- UPDATED: Use two Ubiquiti NanoStation loco M5, Ubiquiti PicoStation M2HP 2.4GHz 802.11g/n High Power Access Point or EnGenius Long Range 2.4GHz Wireless Bridge/Access Points as the Linksys WAP11‘s 802.11b Access Point is no longer available. The Ubiquiti and EnGenius is waterproof however you may still want to house it in a box for other components you may have in there or you can use any other WiFi router/bridge models that support repeater mode (or flash with DD-WRT).
- 1 – 10″x10″x4″ PVC enclosure from Home Depot or Amazon.com
- Misc PVC parts for Antenna Mast attachment, PVC Glues, Silicon, etc (found at Home Depot)
- Automotive Grade double-sided foam tape to attach parts in box
- A few power tools… drill, screw, etc.
If doing Power-Over-Ethernet (not repeater mode), you’ll also need:
- Cat5e Connection Box
- Digital Multi Meter (DMM) or Volt Meter (to check cable resistance)
- Cat5e cable (outdoor direct burial type)
- New power supply to …
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