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Old 11-20-2009, 08:51 PM   #30 (permalink)
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As clarification my setup is running in WDS only mode, with no SSID broadcast, with MAC address filtering on (no reason, but might as well), and with a randomly generated WPA key.

That gives me about a 15-20% performance hit. WEP is what actually puts the BIG hurt on my link.
Bear in mind

remote end (with DSL) wireless is broadcasting at 80 mw through a patch panel (15dbi?) and is receiving from my tower at -80dBm with a -97dBm noise floor for a "quality" (strength above noise floor) of 17dBi

Tower end (my house) is broadcasting at 25 mw through a 24 dBi parabolic grid
and is recieving from the remote site at -75dBm with a noise floor of -95dBm for a "quality" (strength above noise floor) of 20dBi

The resulting link gives me about 8 Mbps from remote site to my tower and about 3 Mbps from my tower to my remote site in good weather. I drop to about 3 Mbps down and 1 Mbps down in severe weather. All of which is irrelevant because I can only get 3 Mbps DSL which is typically 2.5Mbps down and .4 Mbps up.
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