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best way to get wifi from house to pole building?

flint52 78 28 December 23, 2011 at 08:33 PM
Hello,

I am trying to figure out what is the best method to get internet to my shop, roughly 125' away from my house. I have no wifi inside my shop, any ideas?

Thanks
Ryan

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google cantenna

you can DIY some antenna range extenders although for optimal performance you'd want to place the wifi AP nearest the pole barn, rather than have it buried deep in another structure.
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Hello,

I am trying to figure out what is the best method to get internet to my shop, roughly 125' away from my house. I have no wifi inside my shop, any ideas?

Thanks
Ryan
Are you stuck on this being a wifi connection? if not, Run some cat5e from your house. Put surge protection on both ends. Done. Or if the power you have in your shop runs off the same electrical panel as your house, you can use something like this powerline network adapter http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6833156283
do some research and find most reliable brands.
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powerline will work the most reliable and without any other worries otherwise 2 directinal antennas

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6833156283

basically plug and play
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You could get a repeater/range extender. A quick amazon search yielded this: Repeater [amazon.com]. The range of this unit is up to 10,000 sq ft
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Thanks for the replies, i have separate power from my house and shop. if i run cat5 any idea on how i could go through my wall and keep it sealed? just caulk around it?
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Thanks for the replies, i have separate power from my house and shop. if i run cat5 any idea on how i could go through my wall and keep it sealed? just caulk around it?
caulk is what the cable guys use. Just get the exterior kind. What devices are you connecting in the workshop? if its just one hard wired you are all set. if you have multiple hard wired devices use a cheap switch. if you want wifi, just use an old router or cheap well reviewed one to transmit the wifi (u must disable the DHCP).
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caulk is what the cable guys use. Just get the exterior kind. What devices are you connecting in the workshop? if its just one hard wired you are all set. if you have multiple hard wired devices use a cheap switch. if you want wifi, just use an old router or cheap well reviewed one to transmit the wifi (u must disable the DHCP).

im just wanting to run a laptop to stream music and search the internet if i run into a problem working on my cars
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im just wanting to run a laptop to stream music and search the internet if i run into a problem working on my cars
Running CAT5 will be your best bet. Like fenderman said, if you want wifi for the laptop, just get a router to plug into the CAT5 in the shop. If hard-wired is fine, then you're good to go.

Look at monoprice.com for CAT5 cable
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