Solved getting wifi in metal building

November 25, 2016 at 08:47:46
Specs: Windows 64
We have a home network set up and have cat5 or 6 run about 200 feet underground to a metal building. Wehad a linkus extender connected but it just wouldnt hold the signal. We placed an antenna outside the window towards the house but still poor signal espcecially streaming netflix or you tube. Is What wifi extender would work best for this situation? or is there a better suggestion. My tv and phones are run wirelessly in the building because of location of cat 6 input site. Building is small about 600 sq ft but inside ceiling and some wall are metal as well as exterior is metal.. Crazy I know.

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November 25, 2016 at 12:03:20
Power-line (aka home plug) adapters - avoid tp-link as they seem to have the most problems. Netgear, and D-link seem to make more reliable modules for N. Am/Canada. In the UK/Europe my first choice is Devolo (they were first in the field), as they are generally the most reliable in my view.

However I would follw the suggestions to use a second router as per JohnW and riider.

Re' routers - Netgear, Cisco/Linksys or D-link make generally decent routers.

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November 25, 2016 at 09:31:41
You should have used a SOHO router in the metal building, not an extender. Get one with wireless capability and set it up according to my how-to guide for adding a second router

You will want to use "Version 1" wherein you interconnect LAN port to LAN port with your existing SOHO router.

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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November 25, 2016 at 09:39:59
The max length of Cat5/6 without data loss is 100m (328ft). I assume the network source is inside the house? What is cable connected to inside the metal building? All you need is a wireless router for the building. And if there are weak signal areas due to metal partitions, just run additional cable from the 1st wireless router & add a 2nd wireless router. There will be no data loss. Another alternative is powerline adapters which use existing electrical lines & do away with the need for additional network cables. Newegg currently has several pairs on sale for under $30

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November 25, 2016 at 10:09:52
Is there on brand that is better than another? I just went on amazon and there are a dozen differnt types. I just want to be able to run my internet to my tv and my phone? I cannot run a hard wire so wifi is my option. I am beyond a dummy in this. Sorry.


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November 25, 2016 at 12:03:20
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Power-line (aka home plug) adapters - avoid tp-link as they seem to have the most problems. Netgear, and D-link seem to make more reliable modules for N. Am/Canada. In the UK/Europe my first choice is Devolo (they were first in the field), as they are generally the most reliable in my view.

However I would follw the suggestions to use a second router as per JohnW and riider.

Re' routers - Netgear, Cisco/Linksys or D-link make generally decent routers.

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November 25, 2016 at 12:04:04
I would just purchase a Linksys router since you already have one sitting at the other end in your house. Just make sure it is wireless capable (preferably with dual radios, 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz)

Once you have another router, connect it as per my instructions and then configure the wireless on it exactly the same as the wireless on your main router and everything should work just fine.

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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