TP-Link TL-WA901ND with 24dbi antenna

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KangaRufus
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 22:37    Post subject: TP-Link TL-WA901ND with 24dbi antenna Reply with quote
OK, so I've just sold everything I own and bought a reasonably small caravan, which I am in the process of renovating. Friends are letting me live on their private land on a festival site.

I've bought a TP-Link TL-WA901ND (v.3) which has 3 removable antennas. My plan is to replace the middle antenna with this 24dBi Grid Parabolic Antenna:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B002EIF2OK/ref=pe_385721_51767431_TE_dp_1#productDetails

and the two side antennas with one of these each:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00AKUIFNY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

My goal is to set up the van on a nearby mountain and use the dish to pick-up a known Wi-Fi signal from approx 2 or 3 miles away (I have the password and am permitted to use the network) repeat it inside the van, and also have the van act as a wireless repeater for some other vehicles fairly close to it (roof mounted on a 360 degree rotating platform)

Yes, my dish is definitely 24dbi, I'm looking at it right now. The little stubbies on the sides are 25dbi.
Never attempted anything like this before.
I believe the TL-WA901ND supports custom firmware.

Basically I am looking for as much advice as you guys can give me.

Was it silly of me to buy these parts?
Can my access point even work with such massive extensions, even though they're all same manufacturer?
Suggestions for custom firmware?


Thanks for welcoming me onto your forum Smile
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tmcb82
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 23:50    Post subject: Reply with quote
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My goal is to set up the van on a nearby mountain and use the dish to pick-up a known Wi-Fi signal from approx 2 or 3 miles away...

That's quite a distance, even for a directional antenna with no obstructions. With your listed equipment I would be surprised to see it transmit more than 300 meters, but I may be wrong. May want to consider 4500 meters of Cat6 cable. Laughing
KangaRufus
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 0:04    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thanks for your reply. Isn't the normal range of 802.11n around that anyway?
Could I use DDWRT to boost the receive power?
I could move the van to be around 1 mile with line of sight. Would that be better?
tatsuya46
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 1:29    Post subject: Reply with quote
1-1.5 miles los should be usable with a directional, make sure tx power on both is as high as possible, assuming this is 2.4ghz use an upper channel like 7 or higher they tend to do a little better for some reason, make sure ack timing is approiate & ack timing is measured in meters
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KangaRufus
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 11:55    Post subject: Reply with quote
I'm not going to pretend that I understand what these terms are that you're using Sad

I'm a complete n00b
tatsuya46
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 18:57    Post subject: Reply with quote
wifi link in sig
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[QUALCOMM ATHEROS] TP-LINK TL-WDR4900 v1.3 --> DD-WRT v24-sp2 (09/19/14) std - build 25045 (private test build)
[QUALCOMM ATHEROS] NETGEAR WNDR3700 v1 ----> DD-WRT v24-sp2 (09/19/14) std - build 25045 (private test build)
[QUALCOMM ATHEROS] D-Link DIR-825 B1 ----------> DD-WRT v24-sp2 (09/19/14) std - build 25045 (private test build)

LATEST FIRMWARE(S) --> ftp://ftp.dd-wrt.com/betas/

Qualcomm Atheros Wi-Fi Settings Wiki --> http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/QCA_wireless_settings

When im drunk im usually more helpful just saying..

Also no im not japanese
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