400-700 feet is not enough.... Eh...Am I the only one that thinks a 400-700 feet range is nowhere even close to the range needed to get the last mile? It needs to be a mile+ minimum. Maybe even more than that. 700 feet is not a very long ways.
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The 700ft number is for device deployed with omni antennas. With a directional antenna, you can actually get over a mile according to their specs.
OF course, with the area covered being limited to 700ft, there is an advantage. Better coverage. You will have more access points covering a given area, meaning that you should always be within range of one. And at the $99 price point, a $10000 capital outlay would cover a good sized area.
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reply to Sircolby45
Not to mention a good amp and a good outdoor wi-fi antenna (from what I heard) can go about but not quite a half a mile... Also If you got a extra satillite antenna lying around you could get great signals from miles away by converting it into a directional antenna.
reply to bmn
Mesh networks aren't typically limited by the range of the mesh APs. They're more limited by the range of the clients, unless you're just talking about backhaul ranges between the APs.
Typically, the purpose of a mesh network is to provide Internet or private network access to wireless clients. If the clients can't connect, it won't matter what the range is of the APs. Wi-Fi requires connectivity on both sides of the connection. If one side can't provide a decent connection, neither side is going to do much in the way of communication.
That being said, it's important for mesh APs to be able to communicate, but not at the expense of stranding the clients. Most embedded-antenna Wi-Fi clients (like you'd find in a laptop) are going to have problems maintaining connections past 150 feet or so, especially inside a building.