College of Marin, from the hills

Macbook and NanoBeam and College of Marin
Macbook and NB M5/15 on the hill near College of Marin

On today’s geocaching hike I carried my NanoBeam M5/16 up into the hills.

Now I am sitting on a hillside, the temp is about 74, a gentle breeze is blowing, and I am connected to the College of Marin network at 40 Mbps. Whoo whoo! A turkey vulture is circling in front of me about 40 feet away! Wow!

The NanoBeam works well for this application because the whole radio is housed in the small dome antenna you see in the picture.  I used it with a power injector wired to a small 12 volt SLA battery. The mast is a piece of PVC tubing.

I bought the NanoBeam back in January to do testing when I was working with a certain local WISP, before learning 1/2 their network operates on nonstandard frequencies.

Time to break it all down though and go have lunch with Julie. Well – it would be better if Julie were HERE instead of work.  <3

Range according to my QGIS map is just over 1/2 mile. The NanoBeam is connecting with very good signal strength to a Ruckus Wireless access point located inside a campus building.

NanoBeam screenshot at College of Marin
NanoBeam screenshot at College of Marin