One Network for two offices 200 feet apart

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July 10, 2010 at 13:29:21
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Hello All

i have a business in which i needed more room but because i was already in a spot with a 10 year lease i rented a seperate office about 200 feet / 60 meters away from my first office.

i already have an internet connection and network in the first office, but i need to connect my new office to the same network and internet connection.

how would you go about this. i asked Futureshop personel and they said that my best bet is to get a wireless network "repeater". i was thinking of doing the bridging network routers or getting a wireless bridge type device, but i dont want to spend a lot of money and not have it work.

is there anyone out there that has some experience and can share what you did to successfully connect the second office?

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July 10, 2010 at 14:43:46
I never did it but I wouldn't trust a wireless connection for that distance. I would look into a VPN or another wired service through the ISP.

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July 10, 2010 at 16:11:50
Hmmm. I understand what you are saying.

Obviously i would secure the network.

so you would pay more money per month than working out a solution that you would pay for once?

this is a small business, not willing to pay for internet to 2 places. maybe if the provider bundles it i guess they would. but overall if we spent $200 to $300 once it would pay for itself in months.

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July 10, 2010 at 16:23:14
Yea 200 feet could be pushing it a bit.

Normal 802.11 wireless devices are rated at 300 feet w/ a clear line of sight. If it's going through walls and picking up interference, the actual limit is more like 100 feet.

Also speed will be a concern. Even with a decent signal strength, wireless is only 54Mb/s half duplex, and you're lucky to get about 20Mb/s of actual throughput. Compared to the 100/1000 Mb/s you'd get from a wired connection.

Might also do a site survey - are there alot of other business nearby? If they have wireless connections running on or around the same channel, they'll slow your connection down even further.

If you do the wireless setup, should also look into some directional antennas & focus them at each other to help w/ signal strength.

Is running a cable out of the question?? You might also look into a fiber run. An Lx fiber module can run up to 5km. Might be a little more expensive though (say, $2000-3000 for 2 routers / lx modules / cabling) & then whatever costs to actually run the thing.

You could also contact the telco & get prices for a leased line between the two offices - no idea on pricing, though.

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July 10, 2010 at 18:31:11
I wasn't even thinking about security. I was thinking exactly what fwmap said. 200 feet could be a strain & you said that you didn't want to spend money & not have it work. I really don't think you would be satisfied.

If you want to attempt a one time pay solution, run a cable to the other building but before you do that, at least see what the ISP or telco has to offer.

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July 10, 2010 at 18:43:13
thanks guys.

just wanted to see if anyone had a solution that was a few pieces of hardware that would be cheaper than some of the stuff i had seen on the internet.

ok. so best solution, call the ISP. thanks.

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July 11, 2010 at 05:34:52
One thing that may be possible is a point-to-point wireless shot using two wireless antenna's.

I've used EnGenius brand antenna's and these would definitely do the job and they're reasonably priced.

Of course, a point-to-point shot would be if you're going from one building to another.

If this is a mall type building where both spaces are under one roof, perhaps you could pull a Cat5e cable between the two locations to join them. You'd have to talk to the building owner/manager about that.

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