I have been messing
around with wireless networks for about 18 months now, starting with some
Icom PC cards (not WiFi compliant) and now have a couple of Orinoco
A local PC retailer/ISP has a simple peer-to-peer network using a W2K PC located at my employers comms site. It is mainly used for their own use, but have one other business using it to network two locations. You can find pictures of the comms site toward the bottom of this page. I have a subnet set aside for my use but so far have only done tests to check coverage.
I use modded Austar MDS (Galaxy) antennas with passive dipoles from Hills Industries, these work really well. So far, the furthest I have accessed the network is ~42 Km away. For wardriving, I use a ZCG Scalar omnidirectional antenna with a magnetic mount. LMR100 is used between the antenna cable tail and the pigtail.
I can also VPN into my home network (via wireless or internet) from work and check on various things like my IRLP node and Clipsal C-Gate server. I can control the lights and security via wireless. And more importantly, I can access my ADSL internet connection. Fun fun fun!
Next I will have to get an ethernet webcam so I can see whats going on too!
My wardriving equipment consists of :-
Toshiba 4320 WinXP SP1
40W 12-240V inverter
Senao 200mW PC Card
ZCG Scalar 2.4 Ghz omni with magnetic mount
Garmin GPS12XL GPS
Toyota Starlet (supplied by work!)
A lovely LeBlanc tower!
The 85 Kva genset and the satellite dishes left behind
19" racks and the 30 Kva UPS (mmm power!)
Vodafone in their cage and another view of the tower
MDS multicouplers and looking back towards the door
The door to the old hut (yes, it's a ships door) and the 89.9 Magic FM transmitter
2.4 Ghz antenna on the tower and the wireless
PC in the old building
Hills wireless antenna on the roof at work. Uses LMR600 cable
D-Link DWL900AP+ Install photos 22/12/2002
ZCG Scalar 2400 omni antenna and the Heliax cable entry
Antenna up in the air and a wider view of the top of the building
Mmm, Heliax and the AP plus my Toshiba lappy.