I didn't found the proper forum - so move the question if you find a better place for it.
We have 10 houses scattered in the area 500 meters in diameter, and have a tiny DIY CATV network providing houses with 2 analog TV channels (don't laugh it's third world).
We use cheap CATV signal boosters/line amplifiers at some intermediate houses to get the TV signal to the farthest houses.
Now we want to setup an IP network between the houses, so what is the lowest cost solution for that? We won't need more than 1 megabit, so basically speed doesn't matter.
The lowest cost solution seems to be "ethernet switches hanging on trees", but it's not reliable.
DOCSIS seems too powerful for our tiny setup, so we consider DSL (VDSL/SHDSL, also it seems there are 8-port ADSL DSLAMs for $600), EtherLoops ($160 per modem pair) and newer EoCNA standard. The EoCNA seems attractive because of reuse of our CATV cables.
The question is, if we decide to deploy ITU G.9954 Ethernet Over Coaxial Network (EoCNA), what are the requirements for our signal boosters? Do they need a special capabitity to pass the backward signal? Are there any good white papers/docs about the ITU G.9954 technology?
What else technologies can we consider, given we targeting $300 per house with up to 10 houses?
Some houses may be rather close, so we think of mixing long-range and short-range techs (e.g. wifi repeaters or plain ethernet between some houses) if that can lower the cost.