Solved Need WIFI in my garage 350' AWAY

July 30, 2017 at 05:49:06
Specs: Windows 10
I have a manufactured home and a metal garage that are 350' apart. Running a cable is out of the question because the two buildings are separated by a large lake. I have WIFI in the house that works great. Need to install wireless door sensors in the garage.
What is the best way to extend my WIFI signal
this distance?

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July 31, 2017 at 07:45:04
Point-to-Point antenna's will be your best bet. I've had some experience with EnGenius products. You'll want to look at the Outdoor AP/Bridge equipment.

Not knowing where you live, I can't vouch for availability in your area but there are plenty of other manufacturer's out there. I would recommend you first look over some of the stuff on EnGenius' site, find what suits your needs (check the spec sheet) and then compare with other products. Always, always, always check reviews! Once you've compared spec's, reviews and prices, you'll be ready to purchase and install. SOHO level equipment is pretty easy to work with.

I just recently configured/installed the following Unifi P-t-P wireless antennas in my place of work, but somehow I think that might be overkill for your needs........lol ;)

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***



#1
July 30, 2017 at 06:18:19
If the house & garage are on the same electrical service, try a pair of powerline adapters. They use the house's electric wires to communicate, effectively turning outlets into ethernet ports. Just connect one to your internet modem/router & one to a wireless router in the garage. Generally they're just plug-n-play.

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod...


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#2
July 30, 2017 at 11:08:59
With a lake in the way I doubt the two locations are on the same house distribution/consumer unit - where the fuses/mcbs are located.

Probably the best way would be directional antenna system... I'm not familiar with the full details (ins and outs) of such systems; but one two here are very much so. CurtR and Wanderer are usually well clued up on this approach. Possibly Curt R will drop across and advise - likewise Wanderer and/or one or two others.


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#3
July 30, 2017 at 14:12:49
Riider,
Thanks for the response. Had no idea that I could do that. Unfortunately the power co is making me go with separate service. Any other thoughts?
Thanks,
Akitalover

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#4
July 30, 2017 at 14:16:15
Trvlr,
Thanks for the help. You got it, separate service. The antenna sounds like an idea, I hope that CurtR and Wanderer see this thread. Thanks for your help.
Akitalover

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#5
July 30, 2017 at 20:04:01
I will recommend that this post be moved to the Networking section here for more advice.

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July 31, 2017 at 07:45:04
✔ Best Answer
Point-to-Point antenna's will be your best bet. I've had some experience with EnGenius products. You'll want to look at the Outdoor AP/Bridge equipment.

Not knowing where you live, I can't vouch for availability in your area but there are plenty of other manufacturer's out there. I would recommend you first look over some of the stuff on EnGenius' site, find what suits your needs (check the spec sheet) and then compare with other products. Always, always, always check reviews! Once you've compared spec's, reviews and prices, you'll be ready to purchase and install. SOHO level equipment is pretty easy to work with.

I just recently configured/installed the following Unifi P-t-P wireless antennas in my place of work, but somehow I think that might be overkill for your needs........lol ;)

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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December 26, 2017 at 01:50:42

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#8
December 26, 2017 at 21:34:02
Please note that this post is both from July AND marked as Solved.

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


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#9
December 27, 2017 at 02:59:14
100td,
Thanks for keeping this alive. I tried the directional antennas and could not get them to work. I called an alarm company and they sent out an installer and he had no clue so I sent and the antennas back. Then I tried Simplisafe alarm system...and removed it. The garage is metal with reflective rolled batt insulation, signals cannot get in or out. The house has metal framing and metal framed windows, this creates its own set of problems.
My cell phone and lap top pull wifi from the house with the garage doors open. When I close the doors, I lose the signal.

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#10
December 27, 2017 at 03:00:49
Fingers,
I thought it was solved, just so happens it's not...still up s---s creek without a paddle

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#11
December 27, 2017 at 08:18:58
Directional antenna's should have worked. Either the equipment malfunctioned or you messed up configuring them. The latter seems more likely than the former.

I recently setup the following at work:

https://www.ubnt.com/airfiber/airfi...

But I doubt you have a couple grand to spare to use enterprise level equipment like this. The EnGenius equipment I mentioned should be more than adequate to do the job for ou but if you don't have the skill level to configure them then you're going to have to look at hiring someone like me to do it for you. Make sure when you're researching equipment that it can span the distance necessary.

Had it been me setting up the EnGenius equipment, I would have read the spec sheets an found out what the minimum distance apart I could have the two antenna's and still made them work. In the case of the AirFibers I setup, the min distance was about 15 meters. Anyhow, while configuring and confirming they work, I would do it in doors (if at all possible) and test it all out first. Once working, then deploy. You do realize you'll need a SOHO router at both ends and cable going through the wall from router to antenna?

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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#12
December 27, 2017 at 11:51:36
Curt,
When I failed, that's when I hired a "professional installer" from a local alarm company, he could not get it to work either. He claimed too much interference but it is a clear shot from house to garage. My goal was to hook the garage up to my house alarm. My current alarm company has no solutions to offer. Simplisafe could not get there system to work so they gave me my money back. Did I maybe have the wrong kind of installer attempt this?
I appreciate the help

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#13
December 27, 2017 at 22:30:53
Just because something is SOLVED, doesn't mean there can't be further discussion by others in relation to the original post, or something along the same lines. Many forums don't like you start a new topic every time without going to the old ones on the same subject.
I posted a larger post with info about these antenna yesterday, but somebody decided to remove my post in it's entirety, TWICE.
I have a friend who is using some of these Ubiquiti PBE-M5-400 PowerBeams and a couple of the 600mm ones to extend his network around a hill, with a mid point, then continued to another property. Approx 5 miles then 2 miles. He used the 400's which worked, then went to the 600s for the 4 mile run as he was running through some high voltage powerlines and a radio transmission tower possibly giving him some interference.
I have had one of these 400's in my hand and had full signal strength to his place 1/4 mile away. Basically they are just like a long network cable. Yes there is a little setting up, but I think I will be using a couple myself very soon. Read the reviews on the amazon page, these should work a treat and to me are cheap at $200. And AFAIK, nothing else is required, just the network cable from where ever you mount them to your computer or router, I believe they come complete with a POE power supply, so are an easy install. They have about 5 lights on them to assist in mounting direction/lineup for signal strength, but also have detailed signal info using downloadable software. YMMV.
Alternatively, a wireless router in the garage with an external antenna pointed back to the house would work, but I think these would be a lot better in the long run.
Here's a couple of the reviews..........

Like a wireless Cat5 cable. Had to use youtube to figure out how to set it up, but it only took a few minutes.

Works great, was very easy and fast to install. Can't even tell I'm not hooked up directly to carrier. Signal sent from parents house across a pond about 2 to 3 hundred yards. Perfect signal. Saved a lot not having to run cable around pond.

Was a little difficult to get up and running for an amateur, but was able to find support docs online and took about an hour total. I'm sure a pro could do it in minutes. Works great for my needs.

Manufacturer documentation is daunting, but easy to manage once you find user information on the web otherwise I'd give it a 5 star.

Easy installation and setup. Suggest downloading the setup instructions from Ubiquiti before starting.

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