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Simba7
I Void Warranties

join:2003-03-24
Billings, MT

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My Home Network (Updates)

 
 
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Well, looks like I couldn't add updates to my old post from last year (»My Home Network). So, here's an update.

I had to move the rack to my sister-in-law's house due to the closet getting rather toasty (+100F). I did put in it's place a Compaq ML370G1, (4)1.5TB WD USB2.0 HDDs, an Asante FriendlyNet switch, an Actiontec M1000 DSL Modem, and a Zoom 5341J Cable Modem. The AP's are all Trendnet TEW-652BRP v3.2 with DHCP and Routing functions turned off.

The Compaq ML370G1 has (2)P3 1GHz Processors, 2GB of PC133 ECC SDRAM, 6x18GB SCSI HDDs [RAID5], (2)Intel DP Pro/1000+ PCI-X Cards, a Compaq NC3131 Card, a 5xUSB20/2xFW PCI Card, and an Allied Telesyn AT-2560FX Card.

This mini-network is connected to my main network @ my sister-in-law's by a 30m/5m Optimum Cable Modem connection. I have redundant connections here due to being stuck with a CenturyLink DSL 5m/896k contract for the rest of the year.
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Bresnan 30M/5M | CenturyLink 5M/896K
MyWS[PnmIIX3@3.3G,8G RAM,500G+1.5T+2T HDDs,Win7]
WifeWS[A64@2G,2G RAM,120G HDD,Win7]
Router[2xP3@1G,2G RAM,18G HDD,Allied Telesyn AT2560FX,2xDigital DE504,Sun X1034A,2xSun X4444A,SMC 8432BTA,Gentoo]


jeffmoss26

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Beachwood, OH

Just curious why 3 APs next to each other?



DarkLogix
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Not sure why he's doing it but I've considered it just to use up all 3 unique 2.4ghz channels.

But if I went that far I'd also get some 15bd gain ants.

but IMO my 9db's with 250mw has plenty of range and isn't going to be interfered with at home.



Simba7
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join:2003-03-24
Billings, MT
reply to jeffmoss26

Two's private AP's and one's public. The public one is connected to a dedicated port on the server while the two private ones are connected to the switch.

I'm thinking of decommissioning one of the private AP's due to no longer having anything that can't handle WPA.



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wow i haven't seen a ML370 in years lol
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DarkLogix
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said by Simba7:

Two's private AP's and one's public. The public one is connected to a dedicated port on the server while the two private ones are connected to the switch.

I'm thinking of decommissioning one of the private AP's due to no longer having anything that can't handle WPA.

you know you could consolidate all 3 into 1 with a Cisco AP (or many other high grade ones?

On cisco AP's you can have multiple SSID's and different security for each with each going to a different vlan


Simba7
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Billings, MT

said by DarkLogix:

you know you could consolidate all 3 into 1 with a Cisco AP (or many other high grade ones?

On cisco AP's you can have multiple SSID's and different security for each with each going to a different vlan

I could do that with dd-wrt. There is the issue if one SSID is using alot of traffic that it will effect the others.


DarkLogix
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Well ya the 100mbit link from the AP to the switch is still 100mbit
and the wifi is still only as much bandwidth as it is.

BTW you greatly tempt me to get 2 more AP's and set them on the other 2 unique channels with power at max. Then no one around me would be able to use wifi.



Simba7
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Billings, MT

said by DarkLogix:

BTW you greatly tempt me to get 2 more AP's and set them on the other 2 unique channels with power at max. Then no one around me would be able to use wifi.

Depends on the gear. If you use the 5GHz spectrum, there's usually plenty of open space.

As for 2.4GHz WiFi, it's a pain to get an uncrowded channel since almost EVERYONE has an access point. Then all they use it for is a 5mbps DSL connection.
--
Bresnan 30M/5M | CenturyLink 5M/896K
MyWS[PnmIIX3@3.3G,8G RAM,500G+1.5T+2T HDDs,Win7]
WifeWS[A64@2G,2G RAM,120G HDD,Win7]
Router[2xP3@1G,2G RAM,18G HDD,Allied Telesyn AT2560FX,2xDigital DE504,Sun X1034A,2xSun X4444A,SMC 8432BTA,Gentoo]


DarkLogix
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Ya well 250ma + 9bdi will do it.

My wifi can be picked up on a laptop all the way down the street (one sec while I measure that with google earth)

Its over 580ft radius and the AP is indoors

so if I were to setup 2 more on the other unique channels then I'd have the whole 2.4 range hogged to myself.



Simba7
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Billings, MT

said by DarkLogix:

so if I were to setup 2 more on the other unique channels then I'd have the whole 2.4 range hogged to myself.

I pwnz da WiFis.

Actually, I only use 3, 7, and 11. Everyone else uses channel 1 (I've sniffed the area). The public AP uses 3.


DarkLogix
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The only unique channels are 1, 6, 11, and 14 all other 2.4 (others are blends of those 4)

and channel 14 is not for use in the US

so you're 3 and 7 would technically have some RF interference (over lap in the range they use)

When I picked my channel I used a wispy to look for the most clear channel (ie not just Wifi on the channel but microwaves) (I ran the program and then nukes something and watched what the exact RF range the microwave was using)

speaking of which I've changed microwaves recently so I guess I need to re-do that to ensure its clear.