Solved Wifi signal disconnect when I go in metal barn 125 feet away

March 28, 2014 at 15:00:05
Specs: Windows 7
My signal on Wi-Fi is good until I walk thru the door of my metal can I get Wi-Fi in my building?

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March 28, 2014 at 15:06:41
Is it served with a/c-mains?

Is there any possibility of running a decent quality ethernet cable (enclosed in plastic conduit)?

Wifi has a limited range, and when you include a metal surface in that path to your (metal) barn the chances of any signal (at that range) seriously diminish.

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March 28, 2014 at 20:54:39
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Your choice is to run ethernet cable into the barn to use or to add a wireless access point or if the barn is powered through the same electrical panel as the house or a sub panel to the house panel, you can use a set of ethernet over power line adapters to bring network into the barn and even a wireless access point (which can be a wireless router configured to use the DNS from your main router). Your laptop should switch over pretty quickly but phones and tablets may take a few extra seconds to reestablish connection with the second wireless signal as you move.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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March 29, 2014 at 06:37:45
thanks to all of you

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March 29, 2014 at 07:00:15

Has quite a lot of information about wfif; range, extending it; limits of each protocol.

Might be a useful reference at some future time.

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March 29, 2014 at 07:58:40
The new wifi needs to be INSIDE the barn just do you know. Its the barns metal shell preventing the signal.

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March 30, 2014 at 07:35:07
Sorry I did not get here sooner. Others have given good advice. Radio/radar/wireless will not get through metal so you need a cable to carry signals into the barn. Once there you can use wireless or physical connection.

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March 30, 2014 at 09:25:57
If you're unable to run a cable between the buildings, then you could use outdoor directional antennas to send the signal and then run a cable from the antenna to an AP inside the metal building. You would need 2 antennas to make a point to point connection.

Here is one choice, but there are many others.
HAWKING HAO14SDP Hi-Gain 14dBi Outdoor Directional Antenna Kit

However, using directional antennas might be overkill for your needs.

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