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 Subject :Hello.. 2014-07-31- 22:10:18 
KD8UNR
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Just curious what everyone's setups look like that are running in the Columbus area. I live in Dublin and might look into setting up a node. Do people mostly use a variation of the WRT54G?

~Ben

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 Subject :Re:Hello.. 2014-08-01- 01:32:23 
KG6JEI
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I am a short drive from the Ohio Area (Southern California) so i can't tell you a lot about what is going on in Ohio. I can however speculate  A lot of persons may be running WRT54 based setups because of how long the project has supported Linksys hardware, but I would strongly recommend looking into the Ubiquiti hardware. It is newer, has higher power RF capability and a stronger receive.  It can sit out in the sun, rain, snow,  (Just don't throw it in a lake) without needing to make a box, and heat it up or cool it down (-40c to  80c rating).

I've seen established networks that have run Linksys gear go out and replace all of it with Ubiquiti (and see significant improvements by doing so)

While we won't likely see Linksys gear disappear,  if you are going to spend money on new hardware I would recommend looking at the Ubiquiti gear. When I look at the cost of a new WRT54GL and compare it to a NanoStation I end up with the NanoStation each time.

The one plus I will give of the Linksys gear is the fact that it does have 5 ports switch inside the case (though we just recently saw an issue where that switch seems to have issues so i would have to add an external switch anyways) instead of needing to add one yourself, this can be nicer than a second piece of hardware to allow multiple computers.

Welcome to the world of mesh, I hope you find it enjoyable.

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 Subject :Re:Hello.. 2014-08-01- 21:51:36 
KD8UNR
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KG6JEI, You pretty much explained everything I was wondering. Your comparison about the WRT54GL and the Ubiquitl is a good one, a price comparison shows that you might be better off not getting the WRT. Thanks for the help!
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 Subject :Re:Hello.. 2014-08-02- 09:45:57 
kd8rbh
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Hello I'm Eli kd8rbh from Delaware. Just about 20min north of you. We are primarily using ubnt gear for perminant outdoor gear and wrt for temp/indoor setups. Feel free to join our email reflector by sending an email to hsmm@wisptec.com.
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 Subject :Re:Hello.. 2014-08-18- 15:35:11 
N8LXY
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Joined: 2014-07-17- 13:59:00
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I am just starting the process of reflashing some wrt54g for myself and a friend. I am in North Olmsted and he is in Brunswick, about 20 miles line of sight. There are a few others that started some network in north east ohio. They are going to put a ubiquity node at 120 feet up on a tower and see how well that works in the Medina area. Plans are to add another at about the same elevation on another tower in Brunswick. I am hoping this will get the network expanded out to attract more hams into playing on 2.4 Ghz.
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