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Use a router with the NS-2 Antenna?

I use a Ubiquity NS-2 antenna on the boat and would like to add a router to allow two pcs to have access to the net. Possible?

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Yes, quite easy to do, especially if you have a 12 VDC powered router. Many of the Linksys units operate at 12 VDC. I've written about doing this on my blog previously.
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Thanks SD...remembering the difficulties I had, as one not versed in tcp/ip and network things, trying to interface my home system to a router and then going thru similar frustrations (as you may remember) trying to interface to my NS2, I am somewhat reluctant to try this, but it would be a big help. Hopefully interfacing the pc to the router to the NS2 is not a frustration of the second order??

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Try to make sure the Router and the NS2 are on different channels. There are 11 channels in the USA, but only three are usable without interference generally... 1, 6 and 11... if the NS2 is on 1, put the router on 6 or 11..etc..
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Thanks SD....that suggestion will undoubtedly save me tons of grief....
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Glad to help. Please note that when you change locations, the channel that the NS2 is using may change, so you should probably check it and update the router each time.
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We used our NS2 and an old Apple Airport all summer - worked really well. I "operated" the NS2 from my laptop and once a station was 'found" - Linda was able to log on and do email and browse the web ( as I am sure, anyone within range of our boat could also do).

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The only issue with the Airport Express is that it requires 110 VAC. I don't remember if the Airports are powered off of 12 VDC. Many of the Linksys units are though, and as such, can be run off the house battery system with very little modification.
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