Sharing Internet with Neighbours

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by brian, Jan 3, 2004.

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    brian Guest

    Here's my setup:

    In summary, I'm trying to get 3 houses sharing the same internet connection.

    Let's refer to me as House #1
    My Neighbour ( 1 house over ) is House #2
    My Neighbour ( 2 houses over ) is House #3

    House #1 has the Internet connection -> Cable Modem -> which connects to a
    wireless Router/Access point (Linksys WRT54G)

    - House #1 connects to the wireless router/access point -> Internet, no
    - House #2 is able to connect to my wireless router/access point ->
    Internet, no problem
    - House #3 gets no signal so cannot connect to my wireless router/access

    House #3 bought a wireless Access point and would like to know how to
    connect it to House #1. Here's some of my questions:

    - I'm assuming the access point goes into House #2, correct?
    - Can the Access point connect to my Router/Access point wirelessly OR does
    it require a physical connection using CAT-5 cables?

    Thanks a bunch.
    brian, Jan 3, 2004
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    James Knott Guest

    Better check the contract with the ISP first. Many take a dim view of such


    Fundamentalism is fundamentally wrong.

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    James Knott, Jan 3, 2004
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    BigJim Guest

    you probably need a better antenna
    BigJim, Jan 4, 2004
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    Martin² Guest

    If at all possible try to aim the wifi signal trough windows between houses
    1 and 3.

    If house 3 can't get signal, and assuming hose 2 is nearer to it, you could
    set up an AP configured as a repeater at house 2. Note that very few AP's
    work as repeaters, (Dlink AP-900 does) and that the repeater will slow down
    the connection.

    You might be better off investing in external and /or directional (possibly
    outdoors) antennas in houses 1 and 3.
    Martin², Jan 4, 2004
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    Len West Guest

    Assuming house 2 is in the middle, why not have #2 get the ISP connection
    and then just transmit one house away - in each direction?
    Len West, Jan 4, 2004
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    Ray Bacon Guest

    Len, et al,

    Logical solution. This is a very interesting problem, encompassing a lot of
    issues: legality, equipment types, commercialism, antennas, access points.

    The repeater issue fascinates me, as I am wondering whether an access point
    (mine is Linksys WAP11) would be better used from a hub which carried the
    signal from the original router (Siemens Speed Stream, which was a subnet
    router from a 3COM wired router), or from a pc which had a wireless signal.
    Probably makes no difference, but I am wondering why an Access Point used as
    a repeater would slow down a signal...?

    Also, the original poster didn't mention anything about how he is separating
    his public wireless signal from his home network.

    --Ray B
    Ray Bacon, Jan 4, 2004
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    shope Guest

    The slowdown for a repeater is due to the topology.

    A repeater takes packets off air, and then copies them back out - usually on
    the same wifi interface (a single channel repeater). so every packet crosses
    the wireless link twice. This means that you get 1/2 the available
    bandwidth, as each packet goes twice.

    In practice i suspect you loose a bit more, as you add more timing gaps and
    potential contention to slow things down further.

    If you want more bandwidth, then an AP and a wireless bridge linked by
    Ethernet and on different channels should improve things.
    Given that he is using a single central router / AP - he isnt.
    shope, Jan 4, 2004
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