Within 30 minutes of reading this thread and others here on CF, I not only gleaned the information needed to select a long-range wifi
device based on its form factor, I was able to determine the exact parts
needed to assemble one.
After contemplating USB devices vs. Ethernet devices, I chose Ethernet primarily due the fact of a lack of appreciable signal loss in the cabling. The user-ready USB long-range systems are ultra-simple and have many satisfied users, but in my opinion, the Ethernet devices offer professional quality/design and a higher level of utility, especially for permanent installations (for those who can deal with the technology).
After ordering and receiving all parts
, I was able to assemble and place a Bullet based device into operation in a very short period of time. The configuration process was a little tricky, but once I found the correct online info sources it went smoothly. The longest part of the process was building the PVC container in which to house the Bullet (for weatherproofing). I am amazed at the effectiveness of this new tool and will be testing it further on an upcoming trip to Abaco
...and I'm sure I will be tweaking it further to better its effectiveness.
The final price
for all parts to build my Bullet based device was roughly 160.00 USD. All things considered, the ready-made Bullet type devices were priced very reasonably (from some vendors), but I like making things so I went with the DIY route
. If I wasn't the type to make and fix my own things, I would not have hesitated to purchase
a ready-made Bullet based marine
system from one of the well known vendors. On the other hand, I don't think the pricing of the USB-based marine
systems are in line with the cost of materials vs. retail price
. The markup is a turn-off. Granted, you get paid for what you know, and good customer service
is invaluable when needed, but I for one am tired of paying a premium for the "marine" label.
I apologize for running on with a message in an already packed thread, but I was so grateful and enthused for getting the info and advice here on CF that I wanted to try and contribute a little if I could. Of course my solutions and ideas work for me and might not for others...
Many thanks to all who contributed to the thread.