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    I was wondering what the max line of sight range on wireless networking is. I would like to network two locations that are aproximitly 1000' apart. would this be possable?
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    most likely you wll need a repeater but, you could do it with a wrt54g with hacked firmware
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    1000' should be no problem with a pair of high-gain directional antennas (up to 10 miles with good ones). Could be a bit pricey though.

    Or you could try the cantenna idea.
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    ya, basiclly, my mom and my grandma would like to network in order to share a highspeed connection. it is almost exactly 1000 feet between the two houses, with a direct line of sight across our pasture. since I don't have much experence with wireless networking, I figured that I would ask some other people.
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    read towards the bottom for the "cantenna" idea - http://www.filesharingtalk.com/vb3/s...46#post1293846

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    ya, I know what it is, I just would need to be really sure that it is going to reach to convince my mom that it is worth spending money on. maybe I can borrow a wireless router and link up a system to prove it is worth buying the proper equipment
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    Is it possible to run a cat5 cable?

    Hmmm... 1000ft is kind of far.

    I've seen a wok used as a dish: http://www.usbwifi.orcon.net.nz/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Virtualbody1234
    Is it possible to run a cat5 cable?
    Isn't it recommended to keep cat5 under 300-something feet due to signal loss?
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    it would technicly be possable to use cat5 if you used repeaters, but that involves also running a power cord and digging 1000ft of trench- wireless seems a hell of a lot easier
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    Although it is way over the spec you can get a 305m (1000ft) box of cat5, put an rj45 plug on boths ends and it will work. In this case you would not have crosstalk from other cables that is a factor in the maximum distance. Buy screened cat 5 (STP) rarther than the usuall unscreened stuff (UTP).

    Wireless over 300m with no obstacles and no other wifi networks around should not be a problem. This fresnel effect calculator says you need at least one end at least ten feet above the ground.
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