Oh, and also for Peace on Earth, the end of taxes, the truth about the Kennedy murder(s), and the phone number of that cute Fed.
But barring all that...
I've been volunteered to help in a pretty worthy cause, but I'm inexperienced in what they need.
I've hooked up single base stations aplenty for small businesses and families, but this is much bigger.
Situation: A summer camp (with some year round usage) in the middle of nowhere cellular wise. They've got an internet connection and a single base unit, letting the office staff and a kid's computer room get online.
They're a perfect candidate for the T-Mobile "HotSpot At Home" offer. (This is a recent addition to TM's services, announced the same week as the ipod, so few folk heard about it. If you've got one of their newer/compatable phones, it'll use an 802.11 connection when available. This works seamlessly for both incoming and outgoing calls, and, for that matter, will work if you're at an 802.11 spot in, say, Russia or Pakistan.)
The camp is a specialty one halping kids with illnesses, and a good number of the volunteer medical staff (and everyone else, of course) would like to be reachable without having to give out the camp's number, wait for a runner, etc.
So.. what I'd like is a recommendation on how best to set up, say, a half dozen APs in the camp and have them feed back, eventually, to the "cable modem".
(they'd be inside the buildings, so weather and power aren't big issues).
I can run the ethernet cabling, and could even do an ethernet fiber optic bridge, although I'd prefer options for wireless hopping.
The main problem is that it's got to be something I can pre arrange here in the city, then bring the boxes up there, spend a day or so, and have them work.
Note that we're not worried, at this stage, of outside interference/leaches.
My initial gut feeling is to use a half dozen Airport Extremes with their WDS mode, but I've got no experience with them.
Price is a bit of a concern, but not super critical within reason.
I can spend plenty of time in town working and preparing, but travelling to the camp itself is a Big Deal so I'd hope to minimize those as much as possible.
Remote maintenance of the "pull the plug, with 15 seconds, and put it back in" will be possible. More than that is uncertain.
Suggestions, pointers, experience notes, cheerfully appreciated.
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