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Owner: <Paul>
Location: <Belmont>
Status: <Operational>
-KIP is currently in the process of testing and ensuring stability. The antenna and router are currently active and seem to be working as intended.


KIP is linked with KFI by virtue of a 24dBi grid antenna over a distance of around 1.72km which brings me one hop away from the Geelong -> Melbourne link, JEE.


Node Log

30/07/2010 KIP is now active and successfully linked to KFI. Currently achieving pings of <10ms to KFI and pings of <10ms to ILE.
26/07/2010 The new antenna has arrived and I will begin testing with a plan to have it ready by week's end.
24/07/2010 The connection to KFI is far too intermittent, so I have purchased a 24dBi conifer antenna to use instead. Will report on how this fares once it arrives.
18/07/2010 Testing connectivity to neighbouring AP (KFI). Currently having minor connectivity issues, hoping to solve them within the next week.
09/07/2010 Purchased SMA Female -> TNC Male (WRT54G uses a proprietary connector to stop people using other antennas!).
01/07/2010 Purchased used Linksys WRT54G v2.0 to use as router for network.
13/06/2010 Purchased 16dBi Yagi antenna.


I have gone for a very affordable approach to connecting to Melbourne Wireless. I purchased the following equipment to connect to the network:
  • Linksys WRT54G v2.0
    • Purchased off eBay, $32 plus $20 shipping from U.S.A. If you're planning on doing the same, be careful of the power adapter as most of them are 120V only.
  • 16dBi Yagi antenna
    • Purchased off eBay, $8.99 plus $16.99 shipping from China. Seems okay for the moment...but you get what you pay for ;)
  • SMA Female -> TNC Male for Linksys WRT54G
    • Purchased off eBay, $2.99 plus $2.00 shipping. You will need one of these if you plan on connecting a cheapie antenna, as the WRT54G uses a TNC plug.
  • 24dBi Conifer 2.4Ghz Antenna
    • The 16dBi Yagi ended up being a dodgy unit (can't expect much for $8.99), so I have purchased a 24dBi conifer antenna from CityTechnology for $100. Hopefully this does a better job than the Yagi.
  • 9m of CL400 cable
    • Connecting 24dBi antenna to Linksys WRT54G router. Cost around $55 from CityTechnology.

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