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Q: Looking for ready-made pole-mountable 802.11b susbcriber access point for WISP ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: Looking for ready-made pole-mountable 802.11b susbcriber access point for WISP
Category: Computers > Wireless and Mobile
Asked by: bigjosh-ga
List Price: $35.00
Posted: 11 Feb 2003 10:34 PST
Expires: 13 Mar 2003 10:34 PST
Question ID: 160013
I am looking for an access point to install at each subsriber's
location. The product must be 802.11b compatible and I need to mount
it directly onto a poll to get it up above the tree line. I'd imagine
the entire device would be self contained and weatherproof and would
include a highly directional
antenna. Hopefully only one Cat5 wire would come from the poll-mounted
access point down into the subscriber's house, where it would connect
to thier computer and a power injector.

Basically I am looking for a <a
Canopy</a> Subscriber Module, except for 802.11b rather than
Motorola's propritary protocol (and hopefully cheaper than theirs

Does anything like this already exist in a ready-made product? I'd
hate to start making these myself out of LinkSys APs, Tupperware, and
Subject: Re: Looking for ready-made pole-mountable 802.11b susbcriber access point for WI
Answered By: rmn-ga on 11 Feb 2003 13:06 PST
Hi bigjosh-ga,

A company known as Young Design, Inc. (YDI) makes just the product you
are looking for:  they make two pole-mountable Wireless Access Points,
known as the UNIPOP Economy Version and the UNIPOP Amplified Version.

"UNIPOP Economy Version"

"UNIPOP Amplified Version"

These units are the wireless access points themselves, and need
additional equipment (namely the pole-mountable antenna) to function. 
After the antenna is mounted, then only one wire needs to be strung
from the pole to the WAP receiver itself (as you requested in your
question).  The type of antenna that you would purchase would vary
depending on the client's needs and planned use, but the following
antennas are also marketed by YDI to go along with the UNIPOP unit:

"2.4 Ghz Antennas"

As you will note, the first three antennas are omni-directional, which
are probably the ones of interest to you, judging by your question.

I hope this information is of assistance to you.  If you need any
additional clarification, feel free to ask,


Clarification of Answer by rmn-ga on 11 Feb 2003 13:08 PST
I almost forgot my search strategy, and I apologize for this:

I searched for 'pole mounted WiFi' (without any quotes) in Google.

Request for Answer Clarification by bigjosh-ga on 21 Feb 2003 12:38 PST
Having an integrated antenna is nice becuase (1) easier to set up, (2)
no risk of water infiltration problems on the antenna connections, and
(3) reduced cost since there are no extar cables or connectors to buy.

This is exactly what I was looking for...

It is an integrated access point and antenna in a single
pole-mountable package. It is expected to ship in late March. I'll
post more info when I get one.
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