IEEE 802.11 wireless networking equipment has made it possible to bridge the last mile for new broadband internet service providers. Inexpensive wireless networking equipment and high gain antennas enable high speed internet delivery at a fraction of the cost of installing or upgrading land lines for cable or DSL services. Based on this research, a guide of general practices and procedures is proposed for designing, installing, and maintaining a reliable wireless community area network. Included tests have provided performance results for several types of wireless antennas (including wire grid parabolic dishes, Yagi and Vagi styles, and echo backfire), wireless bridges, and other factors which influence overall signal strength and throughput. Two separate configurations are recommended. The first configuration is based on high reliability, longer distances, and low error rates. The second recommendation is based on lower overall cost, ease of installation, and shorter link distances.
College and Department
Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology; Technology
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Theobald, Jae M., "A Review of Setup Practices and Procedures for Creating IEEE 802.11 Wireless Community Networks" (2004). All Theses and Dissertations. 189.
WISP, Wireless, IEEE 802.11, Antennas, Yagi, Vagi, Link, Path Loss