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    Have a question for the wireless guys. I've gotta handful of ESP2866's this year I want to use in my show. I see a lot of folks like the ubiquiti nanostation loco m2 and have success. With that said, I'm reading that these AP's are more directional. How do you guys position these things in your yard? I'm thinking about mounting it right under the front porch. If I have my esp2866s positioned all over my yard and house, will the nanostation loco m2 still work good? Thanks!
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    Default Re: ubiquiti nanostation loco m2 question

    Or what about one of these if I mounted in a water proof enclosure and had the antenna sticking out?

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    I use a PicoStation M2 - same, except Omnidirectional
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    I use the ubiquiti nanostation loco m2 and was a little worried about it being directional as well. My show was running in the front yard and I was able to pick up and use the signal on the back deck with no issues. I did not test the strength or anything but was surprised by that being the case. I did have a couple of esp's behind it in the front yard and they had no issues.

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    I used a Nanostation Loco M2 last year. This is an overhead view of my setup. With 46 ESP's out in the yard, only one didn't work and that was because I put it in a place that couldn't possibly work -- around a corner outside of the general coverage area and behind metal siding, to boot. My Nanostation was mounted outdoors about 8' off the ground.

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    Here is why I needed to go PicoStation. rough sketch with some ESPixelSticks placed to show required spread. L shaped house is a killer for wifi antennas.
    Big circle is my needed coverage which PicoStation covers.....The red arch is NanoStation. Since it doesn't go thru walls very well, I have no opportunity for the unidirectional device...unless I did 2

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    So I am curious. How are you guys mounting these outdoors? Just attaching to the side of your house?

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    I zip tied mine into my mega tree.

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    Default Re: ubiquiti nanostation loco m2 question

    The Nanostation's case has the ability to be zip-tied to most anything, but it's curved and fits a pipe best. I cut a short piece of PVC pipe, drilled a couple holes and attached that to the wood on the house. Then I zip-tied the Nanostation to the PVC. It's mounted about 10' off the ground.

    Because the wood trim on our house is white, the white PVC and the Nanostation's white case blend in nicely and you can hardly see it when it's out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaywalk101 View Post
    Have a question for the wireless guys. I've gotta handful of ESP2866's this year I want to use in my show. I see a lot of folks like the ubiquiti nanostation loco m2 and have success. With that said, I'm reading that these AP's are more directional. How do you guys position these things in your yard? I'm thinking about mounting it right under the front porch. If I have my esp2866s positioned all over my yard and house, will the nanostation loco m2 still work good? Thanks!
    That's very similar to my layout. For mounting, I heat bent some 1/2" pvc to make a mounting stub and hang it under the J molding on my front porch:


    NanoStation locoM2 Mounting by smerrick, on Flickr


    NanoStation locoM2 Mounting by smerrick, on Flickr

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