wireless netork on an acreage

December 8, 2011 at 18:00:27
Specs: Windows XP
here are my requirements
connect to the internet through a mobile rocket stick (our only alternative at this time)whick we already do on our laptops through a cradle point wireless hub and it works very well. I want to add my desktop and there is no wifi on it but do have USB and PCI slots and ports available. I also want to connect another laptop over 500 feet away but it will not see the cradle point hub even with direct line of sight. We would also like to have our NAS units attached to the system. One is USB and one is LAN. I have a dlink 8 port switch and also a wireless N router. Will these be of any value in setting up a system? We run both XP and Vista
Thanks for any help

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December 8, 2011 at 22:31:04
Your 500' distance is going to be the killer. 300' is the maximum length you can run cat5 cable without a powered repeater and is about the same effective range for wireless networking with clear line of sight. Q? Would you be able to set up a powered device near the midpoint?
As for the desktop there are numerous options for wireless nics in either PCI card or USB dongle.

Your other hurdle is the cradlepoint device. As I see it that device can take internet input from either the USB modem which you have or via an inbuilt WAN port. It's only output however is the wireless. It has no client-side LAN ports. Your WirelessN router may be able to be configured as a repeater or perhaps in Client mode as an accesspoint so you would be able to run wired client devices from it. You would need to tell us the make/model if you cannot work out from the manual whether yours has those configuration options.

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