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hay guys im working on a project for a friend and he wants to know what is out there as a industrial AP

also if there are any AP's that will work as a mesh network. because that would be a bonus for him.

range wise 500 feet with an omni antenna would be a good distance but further would be better

and a $300 budget but up to $500
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Your going to have problems with that distance from one AP i think especially with that price range. your best bet would be some sort of mesh tech. You could try something like Meraki or FON mesh AP's but what i would suggest is get a boat load of WRT54GLs and put dd-wrt or tomato on them and bridge them all together. another thing is this an indoor or outdoor application as this can change what your doing? If something sound off let me know im tired right now
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this is out door in suburban area. and in vehicles. i would go with more routers but i cant get power to the other ones.
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i would also suggest a bunch of wrt55s, you can set them all to the same SSID and then create a virtual network so they all act as one.
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The problem is with one AP you need something with a high transmit power but they are usually over a grand to buy. Check these guys out. http://tropos.com/ They make an amazing outdoor AP but its really expensive. Their outdoor APs transmit at something like 4W instead of the 400mW that you see in high-end indoor APs. Now as for power can you get Ethernet cable to anywhere else in the area? If you can you could use a Power over Ethernet solution to power you APs. Either get a PoE switch or PoE injectors and then either PoE AP's or do something like this http://www.lugal.com/poe/ to get the power out of the cable back into a usable form for your regular AP.

another consideration is what is the in vehicle connectivity requirements? if you want to drive around in a mesh environment check this out.
http://www.pepwave.com/products/carfi/
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i would also suggest a bunch of wrt55s, you can set them all to the same SSID and then create a virtual network so they all act as one.
yes but i need the range because the units are spread apart and i cant get any ap's in between the units. so i need a better ap they just a linksys router. the mesh will just come from the chance that they will be close enough.

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The problem is with one AP you need something with a high transmit power but they are usually over a grand to buy. Check these guys out. http://tropos.com/ They make an amazing outdoor AP but its really expensive. Their outdoor APs transmit at something like 4W instead of the 400mW that you see in high-end indoor APs. Now as for power can you get Ethernet cable to anywhere else in the area? If you can you could use a Power over Ethernet solution to power you APs. Either get a PoE switch or PoE injectors and then either PoE AP's or do something like this http://www.lugal.com/poe/ to get the power out of the cable back into a usable form for your regular AP.

another consideration is what is the in vehicle connectivity requirements? if you want to drive around in a mesh environment check this out.
http://www.pepwave.com/products/carfi/
there is some interesting stuff there. im limited on size though about 8"x10"x4"
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Hmm found these guys. bountifulwifi.com they make a 1W AP not sure how good it works but they have some case studies up you can look over. Its also in your price range around $350.

oh also one thing about an outdoor WiFi antenna if you dont wanna fry your entire network make sure you get 2 ethernet to fiber converters so if lighting strikes the antenna it wont go all the way into you network will stop where it gets converted to fiber. Something like this if that was hard to understand. http://aaxeon.com/s.nl/it.A/id.200/....&category=1307.
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Hmm found these guys. bountifulwifi.com they make a 1W AP not sure how good it works but they have some case studies up you can look over. Its also in your price range around $350.

oh also one thing about an outdoor WiFi antenna if you dont wanna fry your entire network make sure you get 2 ethernet to fiber converters so if lighting strikes the antenna it wont go all the way into you network will stop where it gets converted to fiber. Something like this if that was hard to understand. http://aaxeon.com/s.nl/it.A/id.200/....&category=1307.
i like that one. i had also looked at hawking wireless routers. does anyone know if there good.

and if it fries anything im not worried about that. plus the odds of it hitting the antenna are slim and i want to use a rubber ducky antenna.
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