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Scenario 1: Indoor USB Wireless solution (100m from nearest neighbour node)

A simple cheap wireless LAN USB device can be bought and the mesh software can then be loaded on the computer. This setup is ideal for short range communication between a desily distrubuted cluster of houses that you find in a town house complex.

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Component costs

× Item description Supplier Supplier Stock Code Quantity type Cost Quantity Total
1 11Mbps Wireless USB Adapter MIRO SL2511UB4 EACH R262.20 1 R262.20
TOTAL 262.20


Scenario 2: Outdoor USB Wireless solution (300m from nearest neighbour node)

Using a stick USB WiFi adapter, it is possible to plug a USB cable extender into a computer at one end and the USB WiFi adapter at the other end. The maximum distance allowed on such a USB cable is 5m unless a hub is used in between the devices. The USB adapter can then be mounted inside a tin can to help boost the gain.

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× Item description Supplier Supplier Stock Code Quantity type Cost Quantity Total
1 Old PC >= Pentium I with >=200Mb HD >=64Meg ram (hopefully you have one of these) xxx xxx EACH R0.00 1 R0.00
2 Sonoa PCI Adapter b/g - 108Mbps MIRO SL3065PCI EACH R456.00 1 R456.00
3 PCI Ethernet adapter PC Palace xxx EACH R78.66 1 R78.66
4 SMA to N-Type pigtail MIRO JACK-N-SMA-M EACH R85.50 1 R85.50
5 RF cable (3M LMR400 N-Type male) MIRO CUSTOM EACH R182.40 1 R182.40
6 Antenna (12dBi Yagi) MIRO PAE-12-YAE EACH R273.60 1 R273.60
7 Ethernet cable (20m) Compu Cable xxx METERS R2.80 20 R63.84
8 Ethernet connectors Compu Cable xxx EACH R1.48 2 R2.96
TOTAL R1142.96

Scenario 3: Outdoor Use old PC as dedicated Wireless router (300m from nearest neighbour node)

If you have an old unwanted Pentium lying around in the garage - this is an attractive option to build a low cost outdoor wireless router. You will need to purchase a PCI WiFi card, plug it into the old PC, place the old PC in the roof and then run an RF cable from the PC to an external Antenna.

× Item description Supplier Supplier Stock Code Quantity type Cost Quantity Total
1 USB WiFi Stick Adapter - b/g MIRO SUB316 EACH R222.30 1 R222.30
2 USB Type A Fem to Type A male 5M Active Extender  ??  ?? EACH R120.00 1 R120.00
TOTAL R342.30


Scenario 4: Indoor Wireless router (200m from nearest neighbour node)

Scenario 5: Outdoor Wireless router under eaves (3 km from nearest neighbour node)

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