Re: Community wide Wifi
From: Richart Keller (
Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2014 08:00:17 -0800 (PST)
Ours works fine when individual houses use a dish antenna to connect with
one of the source points.

The antenna works well from inside our houses as long as they aren't
pointed toward windows...


Rick Keller
Pioneer Valley Cohousing
Amherst, MA
 On Jan 29, 2014 8:04 AM, "Fred-List manager" <fholson [at]> 

> Bryan Syverson <bryan.syverson [at]>
> is the author of the message below.  It was posted by
> Fred, the Cohousing-L list manager <fholson [at]>
> after deleting quoted digest.
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> 1.  I agree: wise words from Daniel about how we know things.
> > - Folks who "know" that wifi is totally harmless
> > - Folks who "know" that the evidence to look at is peer reviewed science
> > - Folks who "know" that wifi is extremely dangerous, and exposure should
> be limited.
> > - Folks who "know" that the evidence to use is the stories they hear from
> friends and their own experience
> Put me in the rationalist camp on this one (the "right" side, of course!)
> Our community had some heated discussions early on about the adverse
> effects of WiFi.  These were just as our community was moving in, so we
> didn't have the perspective for dealing with contention then that we do now
> (that Daniel so wisely summarized).  It doesn't help to point out to fellow
> community members that their fears are irrational.  Telling them to "just
> relax" seldom results in them relaxing.  Let's just say I was not helpful
> in my approach at the time!  Hopefully, I'm better now.
> 2.  That said, we did implement community-wide WiFi 5 years ago at
> move-in.  It has been nothing but a bother.  It seemed a great idea and
> probably helped a bit with marketing.  However, our homes are so
> energy-efficient with coated windows and radiant barriers that each home is
> basically a Faraday cage.  The community WiFi really only gives decent
> signal outside.  So performance is mediocre and, with our expectations so
> high, disappointing.  So most folks have a WiFi router in their home, too.
> It has been most convenient in the common house, especially for overnight
> guests in the guest room.  As portable devices proliferate, however, it is
> (finally!) becoming increasingly useful for us when we are out of doors.
> We have six D-Link DWL-7700AP exterior-grade access points placed every
> 80-100 ft along our 500 ft central walkway.  I hope to eventually upgrade
> these to something that allows more centralized control (looking at either
> DWC-6600AP or DAP-3520 right now).
> -Bryan Syverson
> La Querencia Fresno (CA) Cohousing
> PS On an unrelated note: if any fellow geek knows how to configure VLANs on
> D-Link L3/L2 managed switches (DGS-3612G and DGS-3000-10TC), please drop me
> a line!  I've been chasing my tail for 5 years on that one!
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