[Cu-wireless] Re: tentative wireless penetration table
jdugan at ncsa.uiuc.edu
Wed May 23 14:21:02 CDT 2001
Paul Riismandel <p-riism at uiuc.edu> wrote:
> Are all basic wireless networks using 2.4 Ghz?
All the 802.11b (11Mb/s) (and the older 802.11 (2Mb/s)) networks use the
2.4GHz band. I believe 802.11a (45 Mb/s) will use the 5.8GHz band.
"Zachary C.Miller" <wolfgang at wolfgang.groogroo.com> wrote:
> I'd like to know whether the "wireless ethernet base stations" get
> more range than the individual wireless cards or whether they are just
> simply routers with standard issue cards in them.
In terms of power and the actual radio many companies use the same PC card
both for the AP and the client side. This is true of the Cisco 340 and 350
series and the Lucent AP-1000. (As is the case with the Apple AirPort and
Lucent RG-1000 as was previously mentioned). The Ciscos use external
antennas, whereas the Lucents use the integral PC card antennae.
I've taken apart a Cisco AP 340, and it has an unlabelled PC Card attached
by a PC Card connector to a printed circuit board. It has two antenna
cables running from the PC Card to the antenna connectors on the outside of
Here's what I've been able to glean in terms of power:
Power (mW) Description
100 Cisco 350/Aironet 4800
50 Lucent Bronze/Silver/Gold
30 Cisco 340
> I think propagation is going to be all about custom antenna design.
I agree, although having more power will definitely be of value as well.
I've been reading up on antenna design. Here's a few useful links:
Also, the ARRL Antenna book is a great resource. Grainger has several
Paul Wefel and I have built a pair of the helical antennas described by the
first URL. We got a chance to try them out earlier this week, and they
actually seem to make quite a difference. I don't have any quantitative
data at this point. We're going to build a couple of the omnis described at
the second URL.
One thing that I am concerned about is trees. Don't get me wrong, I love
trees, but they are going to present a real challenge to building the
backbone point to point links. We're going to need to either put up some
towers or find someone who will give us access to some tower space.
[Random additional information]
I am typing this message at the Holiday Inn in Urbana using a Lucent Silver
card to talk to the 802.11b wireless network that we have setup for the
conferences we have here this week. Pretty standard.
The cool part is how we got from NCSA to here. We have a 5.2/5.8GHz
unlicensed 100Mb/s radio link. One end is a 2' flat panel antenna on the
WILL tower (at Campbell Hall) and the other is anther 2' flat panel antenna
on top of the Holiday Inn. The radio is a Tsunami 100 radio from Western
Multiplex (www.wmux.com). The radio is a 100 Mb/s ethernet bridge. It uses
two seperate channels to provide full-duplex operation.
Jon Dugan | Senior Network Engineer, NCSA Network Development
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