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BillyS - 10:52 am on Jun 30, 2006 (gmt 0)
I've done quite a bit of wireless installations, even ones that cover large areas (though not metro-sized yet). I would say that $200 would be closer to the cheap side, and $2,000 would be more on the "oh my god how could you possibly spend that much on a node" side.
Are we talking about the same thing? These devices need to deal with rain, snow (in some areas of the country), heat, humidity, power surges and lightning strikes. You also have to get power to each device. They have to be mounted so they don't blow away in storms. The installation time alone will cost you $200 - $500 because you can't have just anyone install this stuff.
You can't get the truck to the street for $200, I'm sorry. (And I've met with three manufacturers of this equipment, I know too...)