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Old 02-23-2020, 04:34 PM   #1
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Outdoor Wifi With 300' Range


I want wifi throughout my property. The shop is in the middle, so 300' range should do it. The shop doesn't get any signal from the house, but it does have a Cat 5e line running to it. I just need to find the other end in the house. Hoping to mount antenna under shop eves and hoping it serves the shop mostly, but also to provide internet access when out in the yard for listening to music or podcasts without using cell data.

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can you use the cat5 cable and connect one end to the router in your house (hopefully it has open ports) then the other end in your shop to another router.

if you use Orbi routers, the satellite router can be attached via an ethernet cable as well. your cable is nearing the max length-might want to test it. if it's a trenched conduit, it could have been compromised.

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can you use the cat5 cable and connect one end to the router in your house (hopefully it has open ports) then the other end in your shop to another router.

if you use Orbi routers, the satellite router can be attached via an ethernet cable as well. your cable is nearing the max length-might want to test it. if it's a trenched conduit, it could have been compromised.
Buried cable is probably 120' long. House is about 100' away. Good idea to test it though. I don't get any wifi signal in the shop from the house, but it does have metal siding, and polyiso foam board inside so there are 3 layers of metal to get through.
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You want a mesh system like the Orbi Austin mentioned. They are expandable and it keeps you connected to the same network automatically without having to switch over to an extender.
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You can use the buried cable to send the signal to your shop. Install a gigabit switch, run a small access point for inside the shop then run another line outside for a weatherproof access point. Use an ethernet surge suppressor between the AP and the switch. You can hardwire a shop computer to the switch as well. I like Ubiquiti Unifi products for small office type set-ups like this.

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CAT5e to the router in your house, WAP in your shop connected to the other end. I have a linksys8500 I use as a WAP to get distance. You can buy aftermarket antennas to get more directionality and distance, but data rates drop off.

That's the simple discussion.
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CAT5e to the router in your house, WAP in your shop connected to the other end. I have a linksys8500 I use as a WAP to get distance. You can buy aftermarket antennas to get more directionality and distance, but data rates drop off.

That's the simple discussion.
And that's what I want. I don't need much data speed out in the yard. Not going to be streaming movies

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