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Homebrew antenna shootout

Homebrew antenna shootout
The Shootout My plan was to get relative performance measurements for various designs (including mine) of homebrew antennas for 802.11b (WiFi) wireless networks. To do this, I setup a wireless link and changed only the antenna- recording each antennas' performance under identical conditions. I didn't compare them to a commercial directional antenna as my only one has a male connector and I don't have the right cable to hook it up yet. The contestants were (click on each for design specifications). The Performance Summary The results surprised me! Of the waveguides, the Nalley's "Big Chunk" took top marks. With these results, I'm convinced that the waveguide design is the way to go for cheap wireless networking. The How To Build your own Tin Can Waveguide WiFi Antenna (Cantenna). Copyright 2003-2007 Gregory Rehm - All rights reserved. Related:  to build

Horizon Quantum - DragonWave Delivering from 2 to 4 Gbps per link, Horizon Quantum represents the next generation in packet microwave technology and sets a new benchmark for performance. With dual-channel capability, this split-mount system is a step change in spectral efficiency, capacity, nodal intelligence, and operational simplicity; all while occupying only half a rack unit and consuming the lowest power per bit of any solution today. In addition, the Horizon Quantum’s integrated switching means that it can provide aggregation and restoration in a single unit. With this level of performance – in a packet microwave system that is remarkably simple to install and operate – operators can now avoid the high cost and long delays associated with fiber deployments, yet achieve the capacity and reliability they require for all of their future applications and services. Solution Highlights:

Improved Dutch helix/helical for WLan Improved Helical Antenna Design for 802.11b WLAN By: PA0HOO October the 17th 2002 To slow? Dutch English N.B: (Click here to jump to the improved PVC helix design) Preface The weekend of October the 17th 2002 we tried to set up an 802.11b WLAN radio link over just 200m. The radio path 'Direct sight', seen from the roof. As we had to bridge about 200 m, an external antenna was a must. Making your own path calculation Click here to calculate the distance you can bridge with a given antenna. The connections for the external antennas These pictures show how the external antenna connections were made. Our experience: PTFE cables don't melt while soldering. 'The Antenna'At the site of Remco PA3FYM we found the perfect construction description of a classical helix antenna, using today's materials. The DisappointmentIt was very disappointing to find out that 'the thingy' we made wasn't performing at all. The dimension were OK, all sizes were according to the known formulas. The design The making The test

What can you do with an old pallet? So many things! If you ever come across the opportunity to pick up a few pallets take a look at some of the ideas I have come across for recycling old pallets into furniture and other practical and decorative pieces. I would like to mention that the designs below were found at various sources on the Internet. Make furniture for your home ABOVE: Mobius Living take pallets to a new level, offering clients the opportunity to buy ready-made coffee tables. ABOVE and BELOW: Who would have thought that a humble pallet could be transformed into so many practical pieces. ABOVE: All it takes is a few reclaimed timber pallets to make up your own living room furniture In the kitchen ABOVE and BELOW: Don't stop there... ABOVE: ReadyMade magazine transforms an ugly timber pallet into contemporary furniture for a dining room. In the bedroom ABOVE and BELOW: Complete your Shabby Chic bedroom with a rustic headboard made from... an old pallet ! In the garden Pallets for pets Find and prepare your pallet

Antenna on the Cheap (er, Chip) Antenna on the Cheap (er, Chip) Rob Flickenger Jul. 05, 2001 05:20 PMPermalink Like many would-be 802.11b hackers, I'm increasingly obsessed with pushing more bits further and faster for less cost (I believe the unofficial goal of our community wireless project is to provide infinite bandwidth everywhere for free. Of course, there are problems with approaching infinity, but it's still fun to try!) The work that Andrew Clapp and others have done is helping to demystify the ancient black magick of Resonance (i.e. antenna building). And so, over last weekend, some friends and I decided to give it a go for ourselves. (standard disclaimer): Anything you do with your gear is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. Anyway, our first run was a direct rip-off of Andrew Clapp's terrific original design (knowing next to nothing about antenna construction, it's helpful to start off with a working known good.) Once this was up and running, we looked at the design, and of course speculated about ways to optimize it.

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Backhaul (telecommunications) In a hierarchical telecommunications network the backhaul portion of the network comprises the intermediate links between the core network, or backbone network and the small subnetworks at the "edge" of the entire hierarchical network. In contracts pertaining to such networks, backhaul is the obligation to carry packets to and from that global network. A non-technical business definition of backhaul is the commercial wholesale bandwidth provider who offers Quality of service (QOS) guarantees to the retailer. It appears most often in telecommunications trade literature in this sense, whereby the backhaul connection is defined not technically but by who operates and manages it, and who takes legal responsibility for the connection or uptime to the Internet or 3G/4G network. See also hotspot contracts below. Other examples include: Backhaul capacity can also be leased from another network operator, in which case that other network operator generally selects the technology.

helical/helix antenna 2.4 GHz HOWTO MAKE I’ve built a lot of stuff with wood in my life, but I do not consider myself a “woodworker” by any stretch of the imagination. When I evaluate a project that uses wood, personally, what I look for is the maximum cool result for the least amount of technical skill and work. Here, then, are ten of my personal favorite bangiest-for-the-buck wooden projects from the vault. Beginner Woodworking Project for Illusionists? Nice DIY Bedframe Design DIY Wood toys for kids Weekend Project: Rok-Bak Chair Upcycling Wood Pallets How-To: Build Nob Yishigahara’s “Dualock” Cross Puzzle How-To: Trammel of Archimedes How-To: Build Large Couches on the Cheap Wooden Buttons From Fallen Branches Plywood Coffee Table Did I miss a good one? Related

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Wireless Network Design , Engineering and Mapping Services Wi-Fi 2.4GHz helical antenna you can build! Wi-Fi point to point helical 2.4GHz antenna you can build! A while ago I thought I'd try my hand at building a 2.4GHz Helical. It was a sobering experience. The first design I tried to duplicate was Jason Heckers. I had read mixed reviews of his design. There was much conjecture regarding the dielectric constant of PVC and it's impact on tuning. The outside diameter was 38mm. Note in this chart that 14db return loss = a minimum target SWR of 1.5:1, 18db = an acceptable SWR of 1.29:1. The actual return loss measurements I got were less than satisfying and, despite claims by others to the contrary, my creation actually resonated higher than the design target, an interesting twist I didn't expect. Forging ahead I performed my gain tests. The best gain I was able to achieve with the helix pointed at the source was only 4 dB over the best half wave signal (4dBd) or 6dBi. Armed with this information my next prototype was based on the W0OQC design. Two things are for certain though.

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