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I am having a company do a point to point wi-fi for my company

The setup is

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N-Type Router -> 100ft N-Type Cable -> 24dBi Directional Antenna


(REMOTE STATION)
N-Type PCI Wireless Card -> 100ft N-Type Cable -> 10dBi Omni Directional Antenna


The remote station is 500ft away through tree's in full bloom what are the chance's this will work?

The cost is estimated at $1700 for everything w/ 1 Year Warranty

Do you guys think it is worth it and will it work?
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Originally Posted by iamme View Post
I am having a company do a point to point wi-fi for my company

The setup is

(BASE STATION)
N-Type Router -> 100ft N-Type Cable -> 24dBi Directional Antenna


(REMOTE STATION)
N-Type PCI Wireless Card -> 100ft N-Type Cable -> 10dBi Omni Directional Antenna


The remote station is 500ft away through tree's in full bloom what are the chance's this will work?

The cost is estimated at $1700 for everything w/ 1 Year Warranty

Do you guys think it is worth it and will it work?
IF the antennas are elevated ABOVE the trees then yes it should work. While radio waves can pass thorugh solid objects (such as walls and trees) every object they have to pass through does reduce their range. If these antennas will be mounted 30' or higher, this should be a good solution for you.

The cost question is more complicated. Do you really need this connection to be a dedicated p2p connection? What kind of data is being tranfered, how secures does this data need to be, etc. The reason for the questions is this. You can do P2P through the internet using security and encryption, however it's less secure than a direct connection. If you're purely doing this to enable both sites to share information you don't feel need to use all this wifi equipment to accomplish it, 2 cheaper (cause none are cheap lol) enterprise routers will be able to use a secure P2P connection throgh the internet to each other. As i said before this setup will really need to be installed on small towers to be a good setup. If the $1700 is covering all equipment, labor, and the towers, i'd say you got a decent price. If all they're doing is installed 2 wireless N routers, Cat6, and antennas, absolutely not. You can buy that eqipment for $300-500 and isntall it yourself with our help.
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Why not a directional Antenna at the remote station as well? Any chance of a repeater station at 250 ft?
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The reasoning i get for the omni-directional is even if the direction should move it will still get a signal.

This setup is used to provide file sharing and high speed internet access.

The total parts cost with tax, shipping and all is $898.53
Labor and Warranty is estimated at $435.99

so, really roughly $1333.53
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The reasoning i get for the omni-directional is even if the direction should move it will still get a signal.

This setup is used to provide file sharing and high speed internet access.

The total parts cost with tax, shipping and all is $898.53
Labor and Warranty is estimated at $435.99

so, really roughly $1333.53
If these are not being installed on towers $435.99 for the warranty\\labor is outrageous IMO. While i understand needing a warranty (since this is probably a business solution?) i have faith you could do this install yourself. If you are getting tower installs then it's not so bad.
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Originally Posted by iamme View Post
The reasoning i get for the omni-directional is even if the direction should move it will still get a signal.

This setup is used to provide file sharing and high speed internet access.

The total parts cost with tax, shipping and all is $898.53
Labor and Warranty is estimated at $435.99

so, really roughly $1333.53
If the base station is moved, you'll still have to work on reaiming an antenna. How often do each move?

Any chance of mounting on a roof?
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I will get a parts list and get back to you guys i am sure i am paying retail for the parts!

I realize that I can do this but lack of time = paying someone else!
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OK,

Equipment - $924.20 w/o Tax

N-Type Router

N-Type PCI Card

200Ft. N-Type Cable

75Ft. Cat 6

N-Type Adapters, M/M, F/F, and Lightning Protection Adapters

24 dBi Directional Antenna

10dBi Omni-Directional Antenna

Mounting Poles and Base, Roof Mounted

Labor

3 Hours @ $55 per Hour

On-site Fee @ $60

Warranty

$1 Year Parts and Labor $99.99

Shipping

$69.67



Total Cost - $1381.24 w/ Tax and Shipping


The company said parts are cost + 25%
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Did they send you this list? N-type cables..... very technical term that is lol... 25% mark-up on eqipment..... that really sounds like they're burning you. I think newegg only marks up like 10-15%, but i'm not for sure. The laber is better than i thought, warranty aint' bad either. I'd research the equipment for myself, but looks like this is on the up and up.
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I asked where they buy thier stuff from they said .........

Malabs
Cables To Go
SED
Max Group
Direct from Manufacturer

I went to Cables To Go and they are charging me retail price as listed for the cables so I feel confortable with this cost. I suppose the computer parts place like SED and Malabs is where the mark up is but still I think it is fair. What do you guys think?

And the cable is actually called N-Type

Here is a link

http://www.cablestogo.com/product.as...=736&sku=03488
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