Spool of Cat5e: I always use red to announce that there is power running through it.
Crimpers and Connectors: Even though it's wireless, you always need to use *some* wire.
Backpack or messenger bag: The orange bag pictured is a waterproof backpack/messenger that I got as a promotional item, Any durable, rubberized bag will do the job.
Power Source: I use a sealed lead acid Hawker Genesis 12V 16Ah
. You can use any 12V battery, but it's important to pick something up with long life and low weight. Having an easy to find charging system is also a good idea.
Mesh Node: We are using the Metrix Mark II Kit
here. Running Pyramid Linux
, it can act as an access point, a client, a mesh node, and more. Being waterproof is also a nice touch.
Antennas: Whips are nice, but they don't go very far, For this setup, we've got an outdoor 8dbi omni and a small 10dbi patch antenna. This allows us to set up a directional link to our upstream node while serving clients locally. Picking your antennas really depends on how far you're going to advance and what you can carry. If you're using this as temporary infrastructure while setting up permanent installations or using it as site survey equipment, I recommend matching them with your standard kit. If you are only doing temporary sites, the above combination is pretty flexible. Both of these antennas were picked up at HyperLink