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Powerline Recommendation

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Powerline Recommendation
I need to run an internet signal out to my boat dock that's about 200' from the house. The dock has power from it's own separate subpanel but power to the panel comes from house and tied to the same electric meter so I assume it will work fine.

I figure using a Powerline adapter is easier than trying to setup an extender or repeater. I also need the internet to terminate as a wireless signal on the dock. It doesn't need to be superfast as it will be primarily used to update software and map data bases for the boat's onboard electronic equipment and tethering to my cell phone has not been reliable.

Any recommendations on a Powerline adapter and do they make weatherproof adapters? Anything else I should consider like a mesh system?

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I need to run an internet signal out to my boat dock that's about 200' from the house. The dock has power from it's own separate subpanel but power to the panel comes from house and tied to the same electric meter so I assume it will work fine.

I figure using a Powerline adapter is easier than trying to setup an extender or repeater. I also need the internet to terminate as a wireless signal on the dock. It doesn't need to be superfast as it will be primarily used to update software and map data bases for the boat's onboard electronic equipment and tethering to my cell phone has not been reliable.

Any recommendations on a Powerline adapter and do they make weatherproof adapters? Anything else I should consider like a mesh system?
Mesh won't buy you anything unless you had a string of them from the house to the dock.
Would it work? Yes, but not practical.

Long Range Cantenna at both the dock and the house could work to use WiFi.

Just about any powerline connectors could work...it all depends on the back end wiring. *This is probably your best bet unless you decide to run some direct bury Category 5e cable to/from the dock.

Growing up, My neighbor across the street was a nurse and would keep an eye on my elderly grandmother and we had one of those radioshack intercom cubes that ran voice over the power line. It worked next door to her house from our house.
With that said, powerline adapters are hit or miss. So buy a pair from a source that you can return them too if they didn't work.
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Mesh won't buy you anything unless you had a string of them from the house to the dock.
Would it work? Yes, but not practical.

Long Range Cantenna at both the dock and the house could work to use WiFi.

Just about any powerline connectors could work...it all depends on the back end wiring. *This is probably your best bet unless you decide to run some direct bury Category 5e cable to/from the dock.

Growing up, My neighbor across the street was a nurse and would keep an eye on my elderly grandmother and we had one of those radioshack intercom cubes that ran voice over the power line. It worked next door to her house from our house.
With that said, powerline adapters are hit or miss. So buy a pair from a source that you can return them too if they didn't work.
Thanks DC. I didn't think the mesh was going to be practical. I'll take your advice and try a powerline adapter that I can return.
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Might want to get a set that has 1 GB possibility as it may work better under extreme circumstance than a 100 MB unit.

Also if the panel is on a 2 Phase breaker using the powerline on the same phase in theory should work better.

nothing that is weatherproof but you don't need to leave it plugged in unless you are using it you can put it in any plastic box that has some ventilation on the bottom if it is going to rain or something. Even a 5 gallon bucket would work.
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The Unifi AC Mesh might do the job, but wirelessly, where you have one of the Mesh APs connected to your house network and then passing traffic wirelessly to the other Mesh AP. You can plug the Mesh AP in the boat area to power directly using the POE injector and get WIFI in the area or plug the AP to a POE Switch and have hard wired clients along with WiFi.
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The Unifi AC Mesh might do the job, but wirelessly, where you have one of the Mesh APs connected to your house network and then passing traffic wirelessly to the other Mesh AP. You can plug the Mesh AP in the boat area to power directly using the POE injector and get WIFI in the area or plug the AP to a POE Switch and have hard wired clients along with WiFi.
While I won't say this wouldn't work, but to me *in my opinion, is that the reason to get a mesh is that you have seamless coverage over the usage area.

In the OP's case, they have 2 islands and the mesh AP at each end doesn't have anything to hand off as the client device goes into a big dead Zone between the house and the dock.

A simple AP at the Dock would do the trick, assuming that the powerline adapter is working.


**If the OP was going to put up multiple Mesh AP's between the House and the Dock, then Mesh would make sense as it's one contiguous area covered by the Mesh from the House to the Dock. In this case, the OP could use the wireless backhaul feature of the Mesh.
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