extend house wifi to workshop in metal shed 200 feet away

September 24, 2016 at 13:09:20
Specs: Macbook Pro
We have a metal workshop about 200 feet from our house. We would like to extend our house wifi to the shed. Has there been any updates in technology that will allow this without having to bury a cable? We probably don't need to run games in the garage but would like to do uTube videos. I have a MacBook Pro in the house and we will have a Windows computer in the workshop.

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September 24, 2016 at 13:41:48
The metal shed is going to be a problem.

Do you have a signal outside the shed now? How strong is it? You could mount an external antenna on the shed and connect it to a wifi card in the computer.

A wired connection would probably be better but brings concerns re: lightning.

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September 24, 2016 at 14:35:05
Directional antennae would be one way; but stability/quality of signal is never as good a s wired connection.

What's between the house and shed; is there a fence or a wall very near to both? IF so you could run weatherproof cat-5/6 cable along that and into the house/shed respectively.

Equally if there is mains power in the shed - possibly using the homeplug system (lan over mains wiring) might allow a connection; without the need for a cable or wifi antennae etc...

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September 25, 2016 at 21:27:22
Elaborating on the third option on reply #2:
If the shed or out building is connected through the same main panel as the main house or building then you can use the LAN over power line adapters and bring the network to the garage, shed, or out building. I believe that there are even versions of these that include a Wifi element on the remote end but if not then you just need to add a wireless access point there to get Wifi at that end.

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

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