Extending network to shop 250 feet away

January 25, 2010 at 06:52:09
Specs: Windows Vista
I have internet coming into home connecting to router, then main desktop. Both wireless and direct connection are working fine. I would like to extend network into my shop (250' +/- away). Thinking of running cat 5e to shop. Question is, can I also make this wireless, or will it have to be direct connection to computer? Would like to keep wireless router connected in home. If this can be done, how? Thanks

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January 25, 2010 at 07:38:23
250' can be done easily with Cat5e. The maximum segment length is around 380' (100 metres).

You can also do this with wireless but you would likely need to buy two wireless antenna to do the job.

I doubt a wireless router would have a strong enough signal to reach through walls and across 250' so that's why I mentioned antenna's.

There are quite a few companies that make point-to-point wireless antenna's so you could easily research some of those via google to get an idea on price.

If it were me, I'd give serious thought to pulling a couple cables to the shop. If you buried them in some plastic conduit it could be done cheaply and would definitely be more reliable and give you much better bandwidth.

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January 25, 2010 at 12:19:54
Thank you Curt. Don't want to go with antenna's. Plan on hard wiring into shop, will I be able to plug that into a second router to make wireless available in shop?

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January 25, 2010 at 15:25:52
You could put another wireless in the shop, just name it something different and put it on a different channel.

Also, ensure you buy OUTDOOR rated Cat5e cable.

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January 25, 2010 at 16:10:21
Thanks ntengineer, that answered my question.

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January 26, 2010 at 07:19:17
I would use the exact same SSID and encryption level and encryption password. I would disable DHCP on the second router in the shop and let the first one (in the house) dish out DHCP for your entire network.

Click on my name above and read my "how-to" guide on adding a second router. Use the "LAN port to LAN port" scenario.

Do put the shop router's wireless network on a different channel.

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January 26, 2010 at 14:49:27
Thought I posted on this.

"Question is, can I also make this wireless, ":

Try your wireless. Use a wireless device and walk away from your home. Since you didn't say what you have it may or may not work. You may have the ability to get wireless that far. My cheap home system goes about 400' if I move it up on the window ledge.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)

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January 26, 2010 at 15:20:26
You don't need outdoor rated cable if you follow Curt R's advice on pvc conduit. You don't want the misplaced shovel cutting your line.

If you are serious about wireless google cantena for a make your own directional antenna

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