I thought i would do a build up of something a little different, and show off some of the wireless gear i have in my backyard. I have 3mbit adsl @home so anything i can get my hands on get decent speeds of youtube for the wife and gaming for me is a plus. Im part of a group called Air-Stream Community Wireless , here in Adelaide. I am myself a committed member; and have completed many builds across the state. Mostly home sites with radio masts protruding out people's roofs, with normally an omni and directional antennae for a connection. I once had an in-roof mast and i always wanted to build something decent to get above the local surroundings and connect myself to the network; and provide others the opportunity to connect to me. This is the buildlog of my mast: Here is my initial setup (tied to a chimney): and what was the end result: Started by digging a big hole in the backyard, and hitting yee-olde sewer pipes (dialbeforeyoudigoftengetsitwrong) and having to move the hole two times to clear it!, The hole measures: 800x800w by 600d took the better part of a week to get through it; lucky for my there wasn't any clay I then dug a smaller guywire hole 250x250x400d complete with chain and lots of rebar: I used 2x 6500x60x4mm galv pipes with a 4m pipe in the middle to hold the weld and pin together. We put some spikes in the end to tie it in with the concrete: I got my mate to machine up some custom 'collars' to help set the guywires; these took ages to make but worked fantastic, and look far better than plates: We used a boom-lift to position and lift the mast into place before the 30 bags of concrete was used to set her in the ground; while all this was happening i had 4 guys running around setting the guy wires in place: Once the mast was up i put up a 2.4 ghz omnidirectional (for a beacon and client connections) and a 2.4ghz for a wireless connection, some 21km away (24db grid) Note: the LMR400 coax! stuff is 12 bucks a metre: Here is the initial wireless box with the Routerboard 433 and 2x wireless cards (XR2 omni, r52h grid) Switch and cables RB433ah and RB711 Power Injection: and replaced the box with something quite a bit larger: got the 300x300x200 box from grays for $20 and modded it myself to suit the purpose: This setup stayed like this for ages while the network grew around me, and i was able to connect to sites alot closer I then went into upgrade phase 3 and replaced all the gear at the site, requiring yet another boom, 3x boxes of cat5e, 1x Bullet M2HP, 2x Ubiquiti Nanobridge M5-25, 3x Rocketdish 30's, 2x Routerboard 750UP's, Dedicated power and a UPS: Server that was in the shed: It was a massive job to move the box into the shed, ended up doing 8x runs of cat5e! and deleted all the coax from the mast, but the end result was was fantastic;The RB750up are a huge upgrade from what we had done in the past; they provide POE24v, Switch and router! from top to bottom: Omni+BulletM2: client connections NanobridgeM5-25: Blair-Athol 7km NanobridgeM5-25: Mansfield-Park: 3km Rocketdish30: Sefton Park: 10km Rocketdish30: Ingle-Farm: 8km Rocketdish30: Northfield: 9km Enjoy!