[hackerspaces] What's your WiFi setup?

Arclight arclight at gmail.com
Sun Oct 21 20:45:13 CEST 2012

I would second the recommendation of the Mikrotik routerboard
products. They are really the best "bang for buck" option if you'd
like an affordable hardware router with professional-grade features.
We use one as the router firewall for multiple sites, as well as
access point.

Various models have 1Gb/s Ethernet, 1W radios, programmable on-board
switch, PoE, etc.

If you need a wireless back-haul to another location, take a look at
Ubiquity Networks. Their products are simple and they just work. Buy
in pairs.

They also have a new line of self-bridging access points products out,
designed for indoor/outdoor mesh networks. Check out:



On Sun, Oct 21, 2012 at 1:37 AM, Blackhold <blackholdmailer at gmail.com> wrote:
> have you test unifi?
> at my home for the main router I use an RB750GL and 2 unifi AP.
> once on a hackmeeting I mounted 5 RB750GL, one was the master, an then
> 4 communicates with that using BGP routing. Then each port had 1 DHCP
> autoritative, so then I could offer connectivity to 253*4*4, 4048
> users, simply what I had to do is put AP in cascade. With this could
> have 16 different networks with communication with all.
> http://blackhold.nusepas.com/2011/10/configurando-la-red-del-hackmeeting-2011-meighacks/
> http://blackhold.nusepas.com/2011/10/nodo-hackmeeting-como-esta-montada-la-red-del-hackmeeting-2011/
> for the internet connection I putted a transparent proxy caching all
> the connections, in some cases, with a network with a lot of users I
> found that ADSL default router died caused to the big amount of
> connections, with a proxy in the middle router continued working :)
> you have to take care, that the ADSL routers that put our ISP are a
> fucking shit router, sometimes, the best way is to change it and put
> some good stuff, as I told, at my home (I have fiber optics), I use a
> mikrotik RB750GL, but if you want a good router to could manage lot of
> users, I recommend you mikrotik RB450GL, or mikrotik RB1000 Series :)
> I wish it could be useful!
> - Blackhold
> 2012/10/21 Felicitus <felicitus at felicitus.org>:
>> Hash: SHA1
>> Hi,
>> our hackerspace [1] has been hit by WiFi problems (clients can't
>> sometimes associate to the AP, seems to be related to the amount of
>> clients we've got) on the OpenWRT platform, and it seems that we're
>> not the only ones.
>> I'v heard from at least from one hackerspace who dumped their consumer
>> router in favor of an enterprise solution.
>> I'm interested in which WiFi hardware you run (especially if you need
>> to serve 30+ devices on a regular basis) and what problems you've
>> encountered.
>> Thanks,
>> Felicitus
>> [1] http://www.raumzeitlabor.de
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