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nightmaresyndrome
Hello...I was wondering if anyone had any reccomendations for hardware involved in creating a wireless MAN for a city...there are a lot of routers and repeaters out there...I definitely need help deciding. Software suggestions are welcome too.
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gibnetser

Hello Nightmare;
I noticed you submitted this about 3 months ago. Have you found out anything about this yet? I have client who wants a small one (about 3 miles)installed and I have no idea where to start. Any help you can give would be appreciated.

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gibnetser

Hello Nightmare;
I noticed you submitted this about 3 months ago. Have you found out anything about this yet? I have client who wants a small one (about 3 miles)installed and I have no idea where to start. Any help you can give would be appreciated.

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chasbrey

I've been looking into this myself for some of my locations. I've found some interesting information from Cisco. Info from antenna placement and height to antenna choices and equipment. I would almost be willing to do this myself for two of my sites under 1/2 mile, but not the one that needs it most at 2 miles.

You may need to bite the bullet and someone to help you design this thing. I find it's cheaper to hire a consultant and get it done right the first time than to wing it on your own for enterprise initiatives such as this. You mitigate your risk and you also have someone to hold accountable to fix it if it fails.

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CharlieSpencer

I know a LAN and a WAN; what's a MAN?

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chasbrey

Metropolitan Area Network - Typically used to connect sites in the same general area or metropolitan infrastucture. I have a bit of one tied by a 10Mbps fiber VLAN county-wide. Several routers share the same 28 bit subnet. It's nice that I'm not constrainted by old-school limitations such as T1 or several bonded lines for added bandwidth. Mine is MUCH cheaper too.
Remember...the only stupid question is the one not asked.

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More and more metro WiFi companies are rolling mesh networks to accomplish similar goals. I have been using Meraki equipment since it has been released and is one example of what I consider quality equipment.

Their real claim to fame is the highly efficient mesh software. The project started development at MIT and is now a spin off company.

http://meraki.com/