I work with a non-profit that has an Optec digital sign about 30 feet in front of the building. Our wireless transmitter(Outdoor Bridge?) has corroded beyond repair.
After months of struggling for cooperation from their customer service, they're insisting that we need a (Engenius Bundle Kit - A Series) "$1350" bundle to replace our system.
The system is really straightforward. Our computer that connects to the sign has a seperate NIC that connects straight to the sign. Originally it went into an RJ45 power to a transmitter, going over a matching pair over at our sign.
I can just plug in a 50ft ethernet cable to the nic and walk it straight to the sign. It works. I have a hard time believing that it will require $1350 to just let it communicate that far. I just need to connect to a local IP, and it supposedly can't be connecting through our wireless network(Something related to DHCP?)
~ Is it possible to have a NIC to NIC connection. Something that functions the same as an Ethernet cable, but able to not be exposed to the outdoor elements?
Is a connection like this something that requires over $1000 in parts? Is it true that I would have to use their specific model so that they can 'program' it to communication between two windows computers? I'm not a networking guy, I'm sorry.
Thanks so much for any information. We can't afford the steep cost we're being presented with.