Seeking advice about covering residential park in Wi-Fi for weekend event

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by Isaac Grover, Mar 8, 2006.

  1. Isaac Grover

    Isaac Grover Guest

    Greetings from Wisconsin,

    In late July, our city will be one of a group of host cities for the
    2006 MS Tram that brings cyclists through our area as they fundraise
    for MS research. In 2002, this event brought 1,200 visitors to our
    city; this year we're expecting at least 1,500.

    I have volunteered to cover the park where most of the festivities will
    be held, including eating areas, bike storage areas, RV parking areas,
    and camping areas, in good ol' 802.11b/g. This park is in a
    residential part of town with no businesses within two blocks.

    The shape of the park is somewhat trapezoidal, 1350 feet wide on south
    end, 500 feet wide on the north end, and 900 feet long between the
    north and south ends. Homes line the south and east sides of the park.

    My thoughts to this point have centered around contracting with two
    homes that have either cable or DSL, preferably cable in this
    neighborhood, setting up a machine using something like ZoneCD at both
    locations that throttles the overall connection speed so the home can
    still use their connection if need be, provides basic logging, i.e.
    matching MAC to TCP/IP transactions, throttles the individual
    connection speed to wifi devices, and an SRX access point connected to
    each machine. Then there would be SRX access points mounted throughout
    the park that would relay traffic back to the hard-wired SRX access
    points. Ideally, there should be load-balancing and failover in place.

    I've got until mid-June before I really have to start hammering this
    out and testing it, but since I have plenty of time I'd like to
    evaluate my options.

    Feel free to chime in with your opinions and advice. With my regular
    participation, I anticipate this thread to be a long-running thread, at
    least through the end of July. =)

    --
    Isaac Grover, Owner
    Quality Computer Services of River Falls, Wisconsin
    Computer Consulting, Networking, Maintenance, and more.
    Commercial and Residential Inquiries Welcomed.
    Web: http://www.qcs-rf.com
     
    Isaac Grover, Mar 8, 2006
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  2. Before you get into the logistics start with the preliminaries.

    A couple of concerns
    Amicable negotiations with cable company.
    Signed contract with cable company.
     
    Stop Humpin' My Leg Dawg!!, Mar 8, 2006
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  3. I agree - most cable companies won't generally allow a homeowner share their
    connection at the residential rate (though they likely have a business rate
    that does permit it), but for a cause like MS, they're highly unlikely to
    have a problem, so start with getting the cable co. involved. You may end
    up with a far superior service for less effort than you planned - if they
    cable co. sees an upside to their involvement.
     
    Derek Broughton, Mar 8, 2006
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  4. Isaac Grover

    Isaac Grover Guest

    Thanks for the advice. I'll give them a call to see what we can
    negotiate.

    Isaac Grover, Owner
     
    Isaac Grover, Mar 8, 2006
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