- Connector Adapters
This is the most common router used for HSMM-MESH. They are readily available on Craigslist. You just have to make sure the hardware version is 4 or below. Version 5 and above are not compatible. You can also look for any version of the WRT54GL. For details on compatible hardware, check out the supported hardware page on the HSMM-MESH main site.
KG7ANL has successfully flashed this router with HSMM-MESH firmware. It has a single antenna output with an SMA connector.
TP-Link TL-ANT2424B 24dBi Grid Antenna
This antenna seems to be a pretty good deal. It's usually available at Walmart and Amazon for about $50 with free shipping to store. The antenna is pretty large, about 40in wide and weighs a good 6 lbs so these should be considerations when looking at this antenna. Several PHX meshers are using this antenna.
K7CQX bought a cheap yagi of ebay and did not have much luck with it. It comes with quite a bit of cable, which is thought to be attenuating most of the signal. More investigation will be needed to see if this antenna is worth anything. The yagi he bought came with an RP-SMA connector....which happens to connect perfectly with the 2W amp below.
Satellite TV dishes can be modified to work with the routers. There are plenty of how-tos on line.
No one in the PHX area has made any of these so we can't vouch for any of them, but here is a list of a few.
Be sure to let us know if you try any of them or find some good instructions.
- How-To: Build a WiFi biquad dish antenna
- WD4AM Homebrew Wifi Dish [youtube]
- Converting a Direct TV Dish into a Wifi Dish [youtube]
- Detailed Biquad build instructions [KF7MBK built this and works quite well even without a dish]
Cantennas are simple waveguide type antennas made from common tin can or Pringles can.
Helix antennas are a little more complex than a cantenna but are relatively cheap to make.
N7SKV is successfully runnig a bidirectional 2 watt amp.
KG7ANL and KF7MBK are running this amp: 2W Wifi Wireless Broadband Amplifier Router 2.4Ghz Power Range Signal Booster. Seems to work well. The antenna connection is an RP-SMA and the input is a normal SMA.
We will post sources for NEMA rated enclosures to house a router here.
You will run across a lot of "RP" RF connectors, meaning Reverse Polarity. The back of the WRT54G has RP-TNC connectors, meaning it's a TNC with the opposite gender center pin then you'd normally have. So in this case the TNC has a threaded "shell", but it has a male pin instead of the normal female socket in the center. RP-SMA connectors are also common.
Some common adapters you might need: