Originally Posted by dcplumer
We put together a long-range wifi system for our JayFlight 28BHS in order to hit weak campground access points. We thought others might be interested in our project description including the necessary software configuration steps. These are posted on our projects blog:
Edward and Danielle
Great Idea! After reading this post last week and thinking about it for a while, I've decided to implement my own "on the cheap" version of this mod using some networking equipment I already own:
1. TL-WA5110G 400mW Access Point. I had this sitting in storage. It supports PoE so I'll only need to run the 1 ethernet cable. I believe I spent around $45 for this a few years ago. I've mounted this inside of a waterproof plastic container, drilled a hole for the antenna, and sealed it up with silicone.
2. Linksys WRT54G Router. I also had this lying around. I'm sure any router will do but the Linksys routers allow for custom firmware to be installed (e.g. dd-wrt). This allows for more options.
3. I bought a 9 ft. Painter's Pole from Wal-Mart for $12 which I've mounted to the side of the roof access ladder (that gave me more altitude than mounting to the spare tire support as the OP suggested). I should have a good 5-6 feet of roof clearance when fully extended. I also picked up a couple of pipe fasteners in the plumbing section for a couple bucks. I still need to figure out how to mount the plastic container to the top of the painter's pole. I'd like to be able to detach it when not in use. I was thinking of fastening the container to a paint pad/edger so it can be screwed onto the threads and taken off when not in use.
For wire routing, I'm not too keen on drilling holes though my TT floor, so I'll probably just end up routing the Ethernet cable through the outdoor storage access when in use and mount the router and PoE module somewhere inside that storage area.
Tonight I'll play around with the software to see if I can get it to work. Shouldn't be a problem since I've set up a remote WiFi access point in my house before. If it works I'll have a solution that only cost me $18 out of pocket.. Not bad!
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