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boisdevie1



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 16 9:55 am    Post subject: Boosting WiFi signal  Reply with quote    

What the best way to get a WiFi signal into an outhouse/shed. Currently the signal won't reach even to the end of the house (stone walls) so how can I boost it as far as the shed. Said shed will be insulated (foil backed) so would I be better off trying to run a cable? Can I run a cable from the router out to the shed and then plug cable into a WiFi doodah?

wellington womble



Joined: 08 Nov 2004
Posts: 14811
Location: East Midlands
PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 16 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You can buy a wifi booster. You plug them in where they can reach the wifi and they extend the range. I bought one when I thought I would need wifi in the garage for the solar, but it turns out it's all in the cellar, so I haven't tried it yet. I will, because our wifi doesn't reach to the end of the house, either.

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
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Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 16 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Does the shed have power? If so a pair of power line adapted are the way forward.

Last edited by Nick on Sat Apr 23, 16 5:10 pm; edited 1 time in total

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 16 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

iirc cable length is a factor. that said cables are better at carrying a signal through walls than wifi .

if the shed is a farraday cage wires are the best option even if they need a booster inline to make up for the loss due to resistance.

boisdevie1



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 16 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Shed has power. Shed has thick masonry walls and foil backed insulation so I think perhaps Ethernet cable and a second router?

buzzy



Joined: 04 Jan 2011
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Location: In a small wood on the edge of the Huntingdonshire Wolds
PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 16 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We have an aerial in the static van that picks up the wifi signal from my router in the house(fifty yards away) and just plugs into Jaki's laptop. It works pretty well, though it was a bit of a pain to set up.

Cable will work as well, but is vulnerable to rodents and men with scythes (guess how I know ). If you have a way of shielding said cable from external stress that might be the simplest option. Fifty yards worked for a while.

Henry

Nick



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 16 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

boisdevie1 wrote:
Shed has power. Shed has thick masonry walls and foil backed insulation so I think perhaps Ethernet cable and a second router?


Power line adapters. Why lay cable when what you need is already there?

http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/netgear-powerline-500-essentials-edition-a72tc?cmpid=ppc&gclid=CP_CtZumpcwCFRIUGwodAvsM1w

Hairyloon



Joined: 20 Nov 2008
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Location: Today I are mostly being in Yorkshire.
PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 16 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

What Nick said, but maybe shop around more.
Also, I have heard that you can use a WiFi router as a booster. Since many ISP's seem to give away routers at the drop of a hat, you can probably pick one up for next to nowt or less.

Shane



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 16 3:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Another vote for Nick. I use these and they're brilliant. They're passthrough, too, which means that you don't even have to lose a plug socket.

OtleyLad



Joined: 13 Jan 2007
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Location: Otley, West Yorkshire
PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 16 5:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nick wrote:
boisdevie1 wrote:
Shed has power. Shed has thick masonry walls and foil backed insulation so I think perhaps Ethernet cable and a second router?


Power line adapters. Why lay cable when what you need is already there?

http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/netgear-powerline-500-essentials-edition-a72tc?cmpid=ppc&gclid=CP_CtZumpcwCFRIUGwodAvsM1w


I've used this method to provide wifi in my garden shed office and the nearby decking - its faster than the standard house wifi as well.

jema
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 16 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I use Tp-link poweline adapters, they can have the odd funny 5 mins, but they do work in general. We have 2 slaves, one in my office which only otherwise gets a weak signal and one in the garage helping out with garage and summer house.

wellington womble



Joined: 08 Nov 2004
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Location: East Midlands
PostPosted: Sat May 14, 16 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nick wrote:
boisdevie1 wrote:
Shed has power. Shed has thick masonry walls and foil backed insulation so I think perhaps Ethernet cable and a second router?


Power line adapters. Why lay cable when what you need is already there?

http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/netgear-powerline-500-essentials-edition-a72tc?cmpid=ppc&gclid=CP_CtZumpcwCFRIUGwodAvsM1w


If I bought such a device, is there any reason why I couldn't plug them into the 50m extension lead that I use when I want power in the field?

Nick



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Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Sat May 14, 16 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nope.

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 16 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hmmm. There may be people who won't leave....

Ta

buzzy



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Location: In a small wood on the edge of the Huntingdonshire Wolds
PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 16 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

wellington womble wrote:
Nick wrote:
boisdevie1 wrote:
Shed has power. Shed has thick masonry walls and foil backed insulation so I think perhaps Ethernet cable and a second router?


Power line adapters. Why lay cable when what you need is already there?

http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/netgear-powerline-500-essentials-edition-a72tc?cmpid=ppc&gclid=CP_CtZumpcwCFRIUGwodAvsM1w


If I bought such a device, is there any reason why I couldn't plug them into the 50m extension lead that I use when I want power in the field?


Can anyone tell me, from experience, if these powerline adapters have to be on the same ring circuit to work, or is being on the same household fuseboard enough?

Henry

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