We have a market with a couple owner's houses close by. We use 7363's in the market and warehouse, and I've been experimenting with a 7363 in each house so the owners can use the market's internet connection, meshing the 7363 in each house off the cabled 7363's in the market. Distance from the cabled 7363 to a meshed 7363 ranges from 100-200 feet. So far it hasn't worked well at all, I am guessing because the 5 gig radios simply don't support that range.
I'm thinking now of putting one 7782 with external antennas up in the attic of the market, which is three stories high and has only a wooden shingled roof, with the idea being that all three houses can mesh off this 7782.
I'm not at all familiar with the 7782. Is a 200 or 300 feet radius a reasonable use for a 7782? Can the 7782 receive data from the 7363 at that distance (like a cell phone tower listening to small cell phones)?
Thank you. What about the external antennas on these 77xx units. Do the antennas work for meshing or only for client access, or both? If the external antennas can work for 5 gig meshing, I might try this with a 7762.
If there hasn't been a change, the external antennas on the 7782 and 7762 are tied to the 5GHz band, so yes you can use them for meshing. But maybe try first without external antennas. You might be plesently surprised.
I Mesh'd one 7762 as GW to 2 x 7762's in e-mesh mode .....distance was about 200 meters from the GW to each of the 7762's - worked fantastic!
I then had 6 x 7363's connected to a switch that was in turn connected via ethernet to the back of the 7762's that were in e-mesh mode.
The 7363's were placed in isles with 20 foot STEEL containers down each side of the isles (being used as accommodation- this is on a mining site in Africa). Full signal was able to be received INSIDE of the containers.