Solved DSL Modem & WiFi Distribution Through Metal Home

November 18, 2016 at 08:26:25
Specs: Windows 10
Can someone make any recommendations for a relatively economical wireless network system to be used in a custom built metal home to allow wifi access both internally and externally, based off of an existing DSL modem system?? Items connecting to the existing "home" base WiFi system would include two smart TV's (wireless connection), two laptop computers (wireless connection), five cell phones, an 8-camera security system with DVR, and one PC workstation (wired connection). While the new home hasn't yet been built, it has been my experience that the metal (steel) walls and roofing will not permit signal penetration, rendering wifi access useless without other accommodations. Although locating a DSL and router near a glass window may help somewhat, it is highly probable that it will not end up near a window at all in our new home. If at all possible, I'm looking for router(s), repeater(s), cabling, simple schematic diagrams to show how this all inter-connects, and anything else equipment-wise that may be required for a usable home wifi environment accessible both inside and outside. The wifi signal outside would not need to go further than 500 feet, and I would presume substantially less most of the time. Thanks in advance for any help with this. We're trying to plan in advance to have something put together before construction begins, as well as figure costs to upgrade.


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November 18, 2016 at 10:11:03
Just wire the house & out building with ethernet cables. If you don't want to run CAT wiring to the out building, you could use powerline adapters to setup a wireless router in the building, provided it uses the same electrical service as the house.


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November 18, 2016 at 09:36:02
Can you provide a link to something which shows an example
of that kind of metal construction? Oddly, just a few hours ago
I looked through an entire magazine about new construction
with wood. It has illustrations of an 18-story apartment building
in Canada and a 14-story apartment building in Norway in which
wood is the primary structural material.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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November 18, 2016 at 09:55:27
CurtR may drop across this onew ith some sage thoughts - along with one or two others as well...

My 2cents worth - and it's not as "Heath-Robinson" or "Monty Python as" it sounds...

This is a new build? Presuming so - you "could" create an external addition to the all metal building - which is "not" metal. i.e. a wee cabinet - about 10ft above the ground and effectively attached to the metal outside wall, with a cable access (duct or conduit) between the box and the main building. Provide a mains power source in the cabinet/box; and also a couple of ethernet ports; all these fed from inside the main building... The cabinet would be fully non-metal construction; no metal in it's walls, roof etc - barring nails/screws of course if needed. It would be made of any suitable wood or even plastic/pvc (think cladding and the like).

You can then install a standard wifi router configured as an extender; or a simple wifi extender... I'd use the former. The router/extender would be connected via an ethernet cable to your main router (inside the all metal building) for a more reliable connection and signal quality to be radiated as wifi outside.

Insulate the box with non metal backed insulation - presuming it gets suitably cold where the intended building is to be. If cold is not an issue then don't bother with insulation. Either way also ensure the box has some ventilation - a simple vent - possibly with a temp controlled fan too...

It's a simple approach; easy to add on and no special kit - wifi radiators and the like - involved...?

But hang about for CurtR and others to chip in; as some of them are more into such schemes/requirements you describe than am I...

(We have lots of wood in Canada, and also water and oil...; just like the Norwegians.)

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November 18, 2016 at 10:06:25
Since this house isn't built yet, have you considered just running CAT 6 cable everywhere? It should allow for the most flexibility, as you can just add a wireless bridge wherever the WiFi dead zones end up. As for external WiFi, they make external antennas, and most of them can attach to the common residential WiFi devices.

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Just wire the house & out building with ethernet cables. If you don't want to run CAT wiring to the out building, you could use powerline adapters to setup a wireless router in the building, provided it uses the same electrical service as the house.

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