Having trouble getting wireless into a metal building.

January 28, 2012 at 06:48:15
Specs: Windows 7
We have a small business, and are having trouble getting wireless from the house to the shop. The shop is a metal building. I have tried getting the one of the best wireless routers that best buy sells, but it didn't help. I had 3/4 signal outside of the house with this, and then stepped into the metal building and lost it. I had the same signal strength with an old Belkin wireless router also. We have trouble getting cell service in the house. There are no windows in the metal building, and the distance from the router to the building is only 50 or 60 feet then the office where I need internet is about 20 or 30 more feet. What is my best option? And what store/website can I get what I need?

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January 28, 2012 at 06:57:19
There is nothing you can do to defeat the laws of physics. Wireless signals do not travel to well through metal.

The only way you are going to get wireless inside a metal building with no windows is to get the wireless router inside the building.


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January 28, 2012 at 07:54:50
There are options....there are larger amplifiers which do just that....amplify the wifi signal and blast it further........however, you may still have issues. I had the same scenario with a metal building. What I did was get the client to buy another router to go inside the metal building. I then connected the 2nd wireless router with a cable from the router inside the house. Yes you can port forward without using the cable, but for reliability we used a cable, It was a bit of work, but it works like a charm.....and now you don't have to worry about blasting a signal through the metal shell.

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January 28, 2012 at 08:23:14
Using different bands may help.

Using one of those power line connectors may work.

Pretty easy and safe to run a fiberoptic cable. Just call before you dig.

Some brands offer external antenna so each end could have an exterior cable.

All the wireless stuff may also be bad as a result of many other factors. Competing signals from all sorts of products and sources can wreck your signal.

By the way. A special tin coated building is generally the place to escape signals to testing and controlled calibration of equipment.

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January 28, 2012 at 09:05:11
You would put in a wireless repeater in the shop with its antenna outside the building. Google wireless repeater or extender [can mean the same thing depending on manufacturer] and find one that has a detachable/ extendable antenna.

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