How to get wifi signal out of metal building 50 feet away

July 5, 2016 at 16:32:26
Specs: Windows 7
I currently have an office in a metal building and would like to get wifi to a wood constructed building about 50 feet away so that I can use laptop, cell phone, etc. in that wooden building.. The configuration in the metal building is just a cable modem connected to a desk top computer via an ethernet cable.
I'm thinking a wireless router connected to a small gain directional antenna on the roof of the metal building and aimed at the wooden building would do the job. The router would also provide wifi in the metal building.
My problem is what router to use. It's not clear which ones could connect to the remote antenna and also provide wifi both internal and external to the metal building. Also an antenna recommendation would be appreciated.

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July 5, 2016 at 16:56:30
You might consider running an ethernet cable between the two buildings; as you're well within the limits of a cable run (100 metres/330 feet). Then install another wifi router in the new building and feed it from the main router. Stable signal all the way.

Another option: use the homeplug system. Mains wiring acts as a wired network. Both routers are connected together that way rather by a freshly run ethernet/cat-5 cable between the buildings. One adapter installed in a mains outlet adjacent to the router in the main building; and this is connected to the router via ethernet/cat-5 cable. Another adapter in the new building in a convenient mains outlet; and this could be straightforward wifi radiator homeplug adapter, or a standard ethenet one - which then connect to a wifi router in the new building. Again - as above - the main router will feed the second one via the lan over mains system used in the homeplug method.

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July 5, 2016 at 20:48:10
The Homeplug or LAN over powerline will work if the outbuilding is connected to the same main electrical panel as the main (metal) building (using the same power company meter and one or more circuits from the same panel).

An ethernet cable between buildings would be either buried and inside a PVC conduit or stretched a safe level above ground (above ground it probably needs to be loosely attached to a braided steel cable for support, trvlr could probably elaborate on this better). In either case, it should be outdoor rated.

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July 6, 2016 at 08:49:35
Thanks for the reply Fingers but that does not answer my question. I am aware of the 2 methods you describe and neither are feasible at the present time.

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July 6, 2016 at 08:51:43
Thanks trvlr. See my reply above.

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July 6, 2016 at 08:54:45
You could use point-to-point wireless antenna's on the outside of the two buildings. You would still have to run a network cable from inside of each building to the outside antenna's but this could be done for a reasonable amount of $$$

I've used some eNgenius equipment in the past and liked it and found it cost effective.

I should read more Pretty much any wireless capable router will work. Especially if you're using the type of p-t-p wireless antenna that connects with a wired connection to the router. If you were to go with two antennas then you would need a second router at the other end. Which in turn could provide wireless in the other building.

You could probably use range extending antennas but my preference whenever possible is to always used a wired connection.

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