[MLB-WIRELESS] building a mesh

Craig Ambrose craig at hurstbridge.org.au
Fri Apr 23 15:19:01 EST 2004

Thanks Ryan,

Does this just mean that it's impossible to have two many access nodes 
overlapping? Perhaps I'm using the term mesh incorrectly as well. My specific 
goal is to have multiple access points so that they cover most of the area of 
the town (with respect to clients being able to connect). Also, the AP's need 
to be networked together wirelessly, but ideally I'd like this to be in an 
omnidirectional way, rather than point to point transmissions. It sounds like 
you're saying that this is quite possible, but has scalability issues. Is 
that right?

So specifically I'm asking what sort of equipment I would need for the AP's. 
Ideally, I'm looking for the simplest solution possible, because I think that 
many of these AP's might be operated by very non-technical people, and I'd 
want to be able to just set them up and let them run.


On Friday 23 April 2004 2:42 pm, Ryan Abbenhuys wrote:
> Unfortunatelly a mesh on current wireless technology has a few problems. 
> The main one being that in an actual true mesh the noise floor would be
> extremely high.  So you might have a "mesh" network, however it would be
> extremely slow.
> The only mesh that will truly work is a sectored mesh similar to the way
> mobile phone towers work and use separate channels for each sector of
> coverage, and separate channels for tower to tower links. Due to the
> limitations of current wireless gear you'd be limited to only 3 interfaces
> per base station making coverage and linking awkward to organise.
> (anyone mobile network guru's please correct me if i'm wrong.)

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