Best way to get wifi into steel building?

February 3, 2011 at 07:15:45
Specs: Windows Vista
I have a cradlepoint ctr350 router. I have a steel building garage abou 75 ft. away from where the router is stationed. I have no problem getting a good signal at the doorstep of the steel building, but once inside I have nothing. What would be the best way for me to get wifi inside of the steel building without having to run a hard line?

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February 3, 2011 at 07:25:20
Get a wireless access point for your building. Then get an external antenna and mount it on the outside and run the wire into the WAP. Hook you computer into the WAP. If you still want wireless inside configure your WAP as a wireless repeater.

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February 3, 2011 at 08:16:20
Actually, you don't need a WAP.

If you have the right antenna, you could just plug it directly into the computer inside the building with the antenna on the outside.

I would look for one that uses a network cable to connect myself, but there are plenty that use USB as well and you could always connect a couple USB cables together to ensure you have enough to reach the antenna from inside.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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February 3, 2011 at 08:45:42
Okay. That helps some. What I am looking to do is to either take my laptop or my ipod touch out to the building when I am out there. I am not lookinig to setup a desktop computer. So does that change anything. And what equipment (make/model) would you recommend for everything I need to get up and running? thankyou for all of your help.

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February 3, 2011 at 08:56:19
Look at the link I gave you.

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That will make it so you have wireless in the building no matter what device you take into to it.

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February 3, 2011 at 11:51:02
So I should be able to buy a linksys wap54g. Station it inside to steel building. Run a antenna extension from the wap54g to outside where the antenna will be mounted. Then I should have what I need to get a wifi connection via either hard line or wireless. Am I understanding this all correctly? Thank you so much for all the help. Just want to make sure before I start purchasing items.

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February 3, 2011 at 13:57:27
Yep, but I believe the wap54g only comes with one ethernet so if you have more items that you need to hard wire you will either need a switch or get WiFi cards for them.

If you stick with the wap54g you will have the instruction you need for setting up in the link above.

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February 6, 2011 at 12:10:12
thx for the solutions, as i was going to post the same question at the forum but find this post and so now no need to post. Actually i live in a steel buildings and having problem in getting the signals, as i do most of my internet work from home.

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