This scenario would be that I install the RB433(AH) on the tower? I'd then connect the antenna with coax directly to the RB433(AH) with the three wireless cards installed? Are the cards powerfull enough? I am kinda afraid of putting a board on a tower, but I guess panel antennas have electronics in them too. How wound you manage the board on the tower? Through the WAN?If you really want to go cheap, you can have 1 RB433(AH) running 3 Cards on 3 120` sectors and then just a LB router to supply it with WAN.
Everybody have their own opinions, but I'd agree with that.Yes.Let me summarize my understanding. Install RB with 3 cards in weatherproof case on tower. Next connect antennas. Administration is via the WAN cable. Since ROS has a User Manager, all users will be controlled by this AP, ie on tower? So really, all I have to supply is WAN and power?
That will depend on how you set it up. I use normal IP network (no PPP) but since all CPE are routers with NAT to their respective LANs, it does not matter if they see each other's equipment. Regardless, even if they use laptop to associate to the AP directly (bad idea..hehe), a few firewall rules should be all that's needed to isolate them. Just post in the General forum when you get to that point.One thing that just came to my mind. How do you allow and disallow clients from being able to see each others data/equipment/IP?
That would be preferable as simple routing gives better performance (less router load) than other ways (e.g. WDS). eg. Card1 have IP of 192.168.1.1/24; card 2 have 192.168.2.1/24 etc.Can each sector have its own subnet?
Well software and hardware. Yes the R52 can handle both frequency ranges, so you add the appropriate antenna for the frequency you want to use.Something else came to my mind. The R52 card's parameters are software adjustable? Can I have 2 sectors in the 5Ghz and the other sector in the 2Ghz band?
I believe the RB100 has 4 miniPCI slots, but what I'll do is put 2 RB433's up there, 2 cards each with a flylead connecting the 2 boards on one of their (they have 3 each) ethernet ports.(in fact, I have 3 towers like that) Then you just need to route so they can know where to find each other's respective subnets, but that is really simple, not to worry about that. Check out the prices for the boards, also IN CASE something goes wrong, it's cheaper to replace 1 RB433... Using 2 boards might need you to adjust your POE strategy, either have 2 UTP running up the tower, or a power cable that you split & connect to the RB's power sockets.Is there a 4 MiniPCI card? The extra card could be used for PtP Link.
Software for 11n is still RC/Beta. If you've time to wait until it's productionThanks for the response. I now have a better idea as to what to do. Since I am starting from scratch, do you thing it would be good to use the R52N card from now?
Like I said... Everyone have their own opinions & experiences.. heheheI cannot suggest to use more than one radio card inside a box.
You will have big interference problems between them.
That would be nice to have it like I said with 2XRB433, each having 2 cards. Also, channel seperation becomes a problem if you just use one band with more than 3 sectors, and then you still need an uplink...4 frequencies. Also, as you might be using 5Ghz for your 3 sectors, make the PTP links HP, to minimize interferrence with the VP AP.Use at maximum 2 radio card inside a box and only if user totals are not more than 30.
Check this out:I have yet to see a HP 5.8GHz sector/omni antenna from my suppliers...