I am interested in setting up my own private wireless data coverage at the farm for a few reasons, GPS correction data, file syncing, network IP cameras etc.
While to some people this might sound like a WiFi setup, WiFi doesn’t have very good range unless you start modifying routers and adding high gain external antennae, and WiFi’s protocol also doesn’t perform well at longer distances, it was not intended for that application. So what I’m talking about is using something like Ubiquiti’s airMax radios.
I already use the 5 Ghz airMax radios to get my own high speed internet to the farm and share it with some neighboring relatives but airMax doesn’t have the provision to hop between different access points (APs) so I would have to add more APs for this purpose or change all my APs to use the same SSID but maybe it would be best to use 900 MHz for this instead.
@darrenjlobb has setup something like this, maybe he can detail his setup here on the forum. I do have a few questions for him regarding his setup so I’ll ask here for the benefit of others who might be interested.
- You mentioned you use one base AP (what kind of antenna?) and a couple repeaters, how do you handle the clients’ roaming between the AP and repeaters?
- Do your tractor client radios operate in router mode with their own subnet for devices in the tractor?
- Do you use PoE switches in your tractors?
- Which frequency group are you using? (900 / 2.4 / 5)
- Do you feel it’s necessary to use Rocket APs or could the LiteBeam APs work well enough? Maybe depends on the desired antenna.