Newbie Question - What do I need to get WiFi to my house?

Newbie Question - What do I need to get WiFi to my house?
Newbie Question - What do I need to get WiFi to my house?
2020-03-29 18:35:06
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Hi!

 

The concept of CPE (Customer Premises Equipment) is new to me but sounds like what I need.  I live in rural area with hills, no ISP and limited cell signal.  My best approach for Internet has been via my cell phone (Verizon) with hotspot. My proprty is hilly, house at the bottom of the hill.  There's better cell signal at the top of the hill.  That's my basic situation.

 

The best I can think of is to mount my phone permanently at the top of the hill with solar power supply, then somehow extend or push the WiFi signal from the phone to my house. Distance is approximately 250 yards.    Was thinking maybe the CPE510 ??

 

I am open to any all suggestions.  I am in I/T but not not a hardware or network expert.  Please advise.

 

Thanks in advance!

 

-Marc.

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Re:Newbie Question - What do I need to get WiFi to my house?
2020-03-30 00:48:13

@MarcZ CPE510 is a good choice, it works at 5GHz and the maxmium wireless speed is 300Mbps with 2*2 MIMO.

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Re:Newbie Question - What do I need to get WiFi to my house?
2020-03-30 14:22:12

@MarcZ, just a remark: you will need two CPE 510 for a directional link, one at the top of the hill and one at your house.

 

A smartphone will not be able to send anything back over a distance of 250 yards. I suggest to use a wireless LTE/UMTS modem connected by wire to the CPE 510 on top of the hill. The two CPEs will cover the »last mile«. You need a power supply for both devices, the CPE 510 and the LTE/UMTS modem, maybe a solar panel which can deliver required power.

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Re:Newbie Question - What do I need to get WiFi to my house?
2020-03-30 20:44:14

@R1D2 Awesome, thanks for the thoughtful reply!!

Couple follow-up questions:

1. Would the CPE 510 be my best choice for this scenario?

2. LTE/UMTS modem seems ideal, but will cost an extra $30/month on my plan.  Can I just use my cell phone instead?

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Re:Newbie Question - What do I need to get WiFi to my house?
2020-03-31 09:13:27 - last edited 2020-03-31 09:23:20

 

MarcZ wrote

1. Would the CPE 510 be my best choice for this scenario?

 

In my opinion, CPEs are the best choice for up to 100 Mbps data goodput. If there are no neighboring WiFi APs around, you can either use a pair of CPE510 (5 GHz band) or a pair of CPE210 (2.4 GHz band). I prefer CPE510 because in my country a) the 2.4 GHz band is often overcrowded and b) the 5 GHz band allows for higher signal power.

 

You can read this story (just skip the tech speak) to see how we get WiFi to an event location down the hill with maximum data throughput CPEs are capable of. To give you an idea: if we replace CPE510 by CPE210 on this link described there, throughput goes down by 90% due to ~140 neighboring APs in the 2.4 GHz band which are competing with the CPE210 for AirTime, thus causing interferences.

 

2. LTE/UMTS modem seems ideal, but will cost an extra $30/month on my plan.  Can I just use my cell phone instead?

 

The cell phone has no Ethernet port, has it?

 

I would buy a weatherproof LTE outdoor modem and put the cell phone's SIM card into this modem. Unfortunately, TP-Link doesn't offer such an outdoor LTE modem as far as I know (Penry.huang, please correct me if I'm wrong here). An outdoor LTE modem looks like this:

 

 

This LTE modem can be mounted on a pole and connects to a CPE510 or CPE210 using an Ethernet cable. The LTE modem uses Power-over-Ethernet just like the CPEs do and can be powered with a power source providing 12 to 57 volts (note that the CPEs require 24 volts). Wireless LTE throughput is up to 150/50 Mbps (might depend on your ISP plan and availability).

 

 

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Re:Newbie Question - What do I need to get WiFi to my house?
2020-03-31 16:53:14

@R1D2 Awesome, Thanks!  Gives me more to go on.  Now I just need to choose a modem / antenna.  Not sure if I should focus on one cell tower (directed) or be open to all ... I think the top of the hill has line of sight to multiple towers..

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Re:Newbie Question - What do I need to get WiFi to my house?
2020-03-31 23:49:14

@MarcZ, now you know more than I do. :-)

 

I didn't know that there are open-all modems for multiple cell towers, but this sounds good in case a tower has problems/is overloaded. Is there a big price difference between the two models?

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