|Variable power access point|
|FYI - Another access point which supports variable power is the Buffalo WBR2-G54S and its 54Mps brother. It also has an Alcatel type coax socket.|
|Lucent Orinoco Transmit Power|
|You can reduce the transmit rate of lucent orinoco pcmcia cards. Go to Network Connections in Windows XP. Right click and click properties on the Orinoco Connection. Click configure. Click the advanced tab. Click transmit rate, and adjust it on the right.|
|Variable power acess point|
You can also look at Linksys WRT54G(S) model routers. You can use firmware from Sveasoft (251mW max), HyperWRT (84mW GUI/251mW telnet) and DD-WRT (251mW max). You can also add an SD card reader to increase the amount of onboard memory to install linux apps. By far the best router (by me atleast).
|Variable Power Access Point|
|The Apple Airport Extreme base station supports variable transmit power and has an external antenna connector. Mac OSX and Windows 2000/XP compatible software. Supports router and access point modes of operation. USB connection for a printer, RJ-45 for ethernet and even a 56k modem. A great and versatile product. Looks nice too, of course. :-)|
|WRT54G no longer works right!|
|You can also look at Linksys WRT54G(S) model routers|
This no longer works as of V5 of the router! It's now a mess of JTAG cables and they decreased the onboard ram to 2 megs from 4! Do NOT get the V5 router or you will regret it.
|The GL model is v4. I just bought 2 of them and installed DDWRT v.23 (generic mini) for setting up a long range transparent bridge.|
|WRT54G is fixed|
|New firmware is available to get DD-WRT onto the V5 and V6 WRT54G and WRT54GS|
|The WRT54G v4/v5 routers can once again be flashed without a JTAG cable.|
|re: WRT54G no longer works right!|
|There is a new boot loader which you load and then use the Mirco of DD-WRT. I am using a WRT54GS v5.1 with DD-WRT.|
|Power Gain on Linksys|
|Hi. I'm just researching setting up a long range link for a friend in Thailand. I'll need to buy all the hardware before I go there, and be sure it works. I read your article here and it sounds a lot simpler than I thought it was going to be. Good news.|
I was reading your comments about firmware with power settings. I've been using DD-WRT, which is an alternative firmware for Linksys, Dlink and other Broadcom based wireless routers. This appears to have a lot of control over wireless TX power. Would it be feasible to use this on my friend's existing Linksys routers, instead of buying new hardware? I'm thinking I'll also need to replace the antennae with directional ones.
On a related note, DDWRT also has a wireless mesh function which looks useful, but I haven't played with it.
|RE: Power Gain on Linksys|
|Yes dd-wrt does make long range links easier, and may work on your friends existing routers - you'd need to check the exact model and version numbers against the list of supported linksys hardware on the dd-wrt wiki.|
One of the great things about the latest dd-wrt firmwares is that they show the signal strength of connected clients, so you can easily tell if you can reduce (or need to increase) the transmit power (or antenna size)
|Variable Power Access Points|
|The Netgear WAG302 and Symbol AP5131 or AP5181 all have variable output power levels.|