Wireless bridge?

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I’m not sure if this is even possible but I have a feeling there’s a way...

I work for a school district where there are multiple building that are only about 50 yards apart at most but they have no network in them. We are looking at hooking up cameras but we cannot without it being on our network. 

My first thought was wireless cameras, apparently they aren’t as popular as I’d imagined. My next thought was wireless bridge from one building to another, cat6 from wireless client to camera. I was thinking MESH would work but I’m not sure if that could handle it. Is it possible to MESH a device and use the eth0 as a lan port ? Thoughts? Open for any ideas. Thanks! 
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Carsten Buchenau, Champ

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Yes, you can use MESH by using the 5GHz Radios of 2 Access Points for MESH only (no client connections!). It would look like this:

Backbone ----- AP1 - - - Wifi 5GHz - - - AP2 ----- Camera

  • Any AP model would work, but ideally they are both the same
  • Consider using AP245x or AP1130 with external sector antennas, so you really build a point-to-point link
  • Both APs to be configured with "Use one radio (wifi0) for client access and one radio (wifi1) for a mesh link"
  • Create dedicated 5GHz radio profile you assign to both, with max power settings and nothing special (no load balancing, interference checking,  auto-channel selection etc)
  • Configure both 5GHz radios on the same static, non-DFS channel, max power
  • Configure the Eth0 interface of AP2 in bridge-access mode. Do the same for Eth1 if you really need to use it, too.
The last step is the key for the Camera's MAC address being "advertised" through Wifi. It's important that you then never connect AP2 with its Ethernet interface into your normal backbone.

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have a look under docs.aerohive.com -> Aerohive Deployment Guides -> Aerohive Point-to-Point Mesh