Airport Extreme Outdoors?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by mainstay, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. mainstay macrumors 6502


    Feb 14, 2011
    We have a geologically challenged business that cannot run data lines out to a trailer 200' from the main building.

    Halfway between the main building and the trailer is a perfectly sheltered location that has electricity.

    Ambient temperatures are 14°F to 75°F but with a fair bit of moisture in the air.

    Has anyone placed an Airport Extreme outdoors and lived to tell about it?

    If a $160 device lasts 3 years, we'd be happy. I just don't want it crapping out in 2 weeks =)

    Any experience in this arena?
  2. cwaddell2002 macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2005
    Raleigh, NC
    So it will probably work, and your Airport will probably be fine, but there are certainly some better solutions available to you. Do a google search for ethernet bridge... or check out some products:
    HERE or my favorite HERE.

    The prices are quite reasonable for what you get, and it will be a far more robust solution.
  3. mainstay thread starter macrumors 6502


    Feb 14, 2011
    thank you for the links and the feedback.

    I am always a little leery when prices are not displayed on line...

    Do you have any experience with a particular outdoor antenna that is bridging from an AEBS?
  4. interrobang macrumors 6502

    May 25, 2011
    For the AirPort extreme:

    Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F / 0° to 35° C
    Relative humidity (operational): 20% to 80%
    Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet / 3000 meters
  5. DustinT macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2011
    You might want to check out a company called OpenMesh, they sell a range of outdoor certified wifi products that I think will work for you. Be warned, any wireless extender, no matter who makes it, will lower your performance... you can pay a pretty heavy penalty. I'd suggest a couple hundred feet of underground certified conduit with an ethernet cable strung between it would be a much better performing option and if you handle the underground work properly, it would be much more reliable too. But, you can do this with wireless, just not ideal if there's any way to run a cable.
  6. mainstay thread starter macrumors 6502


    Feb 14, 2011
    Hey Dustin - thanks for this company - they look like they may be a fit.

    I agree - nothing beats a cable... but there are too many physical hurdles to spanning this one really rough patch.

    Although - I did have the thought of using wireless to jump the tough area, and then running a cable from the extender to the endpoint.

    I am on my way to a specialty electrical shop this morning - see if they have an enclosure that will fit a AEBS. I also spoke with an electrician who was of the opinion that the AEBS generates enough heat to keep itself dry in our moisture thick environment (given enough ventilation and no direct water).
  7. monokakata macrumors 68000


    May 8, 2008
    Hilo, Hawai'i
    If you want to have a look at another (US) supplier, these guys are good:

    I used their products to construct a portable link that easily ran .25 to .5 mile. It's pictured on this thread:

    "geologically challenged" is a nice phrase, BTW. I live in an environment where lava's very close to the surface and often is the surface. So I know what you mean.

    Might you consider something like this?

    These are the first ones I found. Expensive. But my ex-business partner is using something like these -- another manufacturer -- and I doubt that they are as expensive. We routinely ran trucks over his -- not 105 ton dump trucks, but good sized ones. I can find out who makes his.

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