This is a new 2 and 5 Ghz network and it
should out-perform the existing Meraki network which has been in
place since 2008.
If the new UniFi network is successful, the 4 year old
Meraki Mesh network
will be relegated to secondary position (or ultimately retired).
We are hopeful that the 1 AP and it's commercial grade 13 dBi omni
directional antenna will substantially reduce or eliminate the
need for what is now 3 remotely located AP/Repeaters and 5
on-site AP's operating in "Mesh Mode". Early indications
show that substantial gains in distance are possible with this
combination of new hardware.
||300k down /
3G speeds; slower but
meg to 4 meg down
200k to 400k
and Internal Use Only
are nominal speeds. During peak holiday
periods, up to 20 users may be active and full
speeds are not available due to WiFi demands and
typical residential use on a 5 meg DSL account.
Email if you have questions or need more
access, especially if you wish to become a frequent flyer.
Our first "Point of Presence" began testing with a single outdoor
access point (Ubiquiti
UniFi AP-Outdoor 2.4g), a 13dB
gain 2.4gig antenna (KP
Performance) and high-grade shielded Ethernet
cabling at a cost in excess of $460. After our initial
round of successful testing, most of the Meraki's have been
We have had good connections out past
1 mile (LoS) with 2x2 MIMO devices at the far end by
Loco M2 at the user's location. Over 1,500 feet though
light brush/trees has been confirmed also. While the new network is not a mesh
network, it does allow for multiple single hop wireless AP's
to be deployed and this can extend the coverage out
150% of the distance with the outdoor unit and
300-500 feet with an indoor unit (both are optional for
an end user).
This will enable additional coverage if needed and
if determined affordable by us or our users. The links below are
suggestions to get you started.
It is also possible that a user may
wish (or need to) to deploy their own "Client
Bridge" device in some homes
so that the outdoor signal will be strong indoors.
This will save you the inconvenience of positioning your
tablets, phones or computers near a window facing the
best signal strength. An ideal solution would be a
Loco M2 ($60 Amazon)
and point it at our access point and
optionally add a cheap wireless router (router
router 2) and you have Ethernet and WiFi in your home that will have the
strongest WiFi connections over
greater distances to reach our AP. I recommend the
Loco M2 (possibly the
(Amazon $67) if you can hear the 5 GHz
signal) but basic networking knowledge is needed to set
up client premise equipment.
5 Ghz coverage may in fact provide
better coverage as there is almost no AP's in our
coverage area and this means
far less interference overall. Late model
Apple devices support 5 Ghz and prefer to connect to 5
Ghz access points if available.
A simpler but less robust solution is
an inexpensive 2.4 Ghz "WiFi Range Extender"
My Net, Amazon, $25). Place it in a
location that gets a strong signal from the AP.
This device is only a suggestion as it has not been used
by us, so consider it a jumping
off point for a range extender.
The very old 802.11b standard may or
may not be supported. It has a negative impact on
throughput and very few user devices still support this
old standard. More information on what 2.4 and 5
Ghz and their standards are
If you are interested in the
technical side of this system, then check out:
It is not likely that we will
purchase a second unit to extend coverage, so the burden for more convenient WiFi inside
your home will fall those who benefit from this service.
If you use this WiFi service and you wish support our
investment in the hardware used in this community network,
then donations can be made via
E-Town Community WiFi Project .
If you have questions
email us at: