My Idea is connect AP directly to the Radio.
I am going to run cat cable from radio to outdoors to the AP.
I understand I will loose Internet and the advantages of that.
I just took an older linksys E4200 and made AP and directly wired to Radio and noticed it was
rock solid because the computer doesn`t have to sync to the internet.
My area has some low strength 2.4ghz signals but i think weak enough to not be a problem.
My thinking with Maestro or mobile device connected this way for outdoors portable would be great.
Which band should I go with the 2.4 or the 5Ghz?
Is the higher speed capabilty of the 5Ghz needed or will the 2.4Ghz @ 300+Mpbs be sufficent>?
Looking for thoughts on this.
Whether or not you have internet access shouldn't affect your signal and radio connectivity.
At my house, my internet service comes in downstairs and is attached to a router at my home entertainment center. I use a range extender upstairs to bring the connectivity to the shack, but also have a hard wire connection between the Flex and computer using the built-in switch in the range extender. Rig and computer have DHCP reservations so their IPs don't change. Even if I lose internet, the Flex and computer still "talk." Best of all possible worlds, for me.
With both range extenders running, I have a very nice wi-fi bubble around my house and yard. 5 GHz is usually faster, since there are less competing signals. Depending on your environment, 2 GHz be the better choice, since it tends to "penetrate" better through walls and such. I've been on the patio or poolside with a laptop or tablet many times. Not sure I would want a Maestro in the backyard under most circumstances. Would hate to inadvertently float test it!
The connection speed, by the way, is not too critical. The Flex won't use very much under normal circumstances. The important part is that the link is reliable - no drop outs. If you get bandwidth issues, reducing the panadapter FPS and speed will give you great relief.
If you have a choice between 2.4G and 5G, I would go 5G. I have moved just about everything off of 2.4Ghz and for every device I moved off 2.4Ghz, all latency problems disappeared.
Without going into a long update about why 2.4Ghz is bad, all I can say is trust me. :) Also, look for posts about this by either myself or Stu K6TU.
this helps to explain it: http://pocketnow.com/2014/01/23/5ghz-wifi
Please see my post at :https://community.flexradio.com/flexradio/topics/wireless-network-performance There are also some very good and relatively easy to set up high power outdoor access points and bridges from Engenius that I have used with great success to achieve outdoor distances greater than 700 ft to a simple iPad or laptop. I have had two set up to form a wireless link over 2500 ft to my remotely located Flex 6500. The ENH202 or ENH500 is more than adequate for most uses.
When you are dealing with a Maestro wirelessly, it is exactly the same as streaming Video to a PC or something similar.
To that end, your Wifi has to be able to handle that type of data stream, and it is difficult to do well. This is very different than being in your backyard and surfing web pages. If you have kids who are also on the same AP, then all bets are off. :) 2.4Ghz Wifi can only handle about 5 streams simultaneously without dropping packets.
There have been times when I have been 5 feet from a quality access point and not been able to ping even google. It was not an ISP issue as a hardwired computer on the same network worked fine. Even testing the Maestro in my house (not on a VPN), from 6 feet from an 2.4Ghz AP was problematic. And, that was on a system where there is only my wife or I.
To test things, I bought this package called Lan Speed http://totusoft.com/lanspeed/ just to see how good my network really was, especially my Wifi. The LITE version is free, but for $6, I wanted to test multiple streams which is closer to reality.
Without it, you are really guessing at what your network can deliver in house. While you may be waiting for your Maestro, you can do some bandwidth tests just to ensure your experience will be a wonderful one.
I hope that helps.
Thank all of you for your post`s. Looks like some of you are a step or 2 ahead of me. :)
It gives me Idea`s to research. Been wanting to try the outdoors Idea for a while now.
I tried with laptop and distance is not good at all with router being in the house.
10mw doesn't get you very far.
My home router is busy for sure. This is why the idea of AP only version. Or could subnet but that's a
little more than I want to get into for now but is an idea!
Thanks again everyone.