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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-26-2007, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
 
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Wireless Siganl in new Shop

We recently bulit a new Metal shop and i am trying to get our wireless signal in the shop. We purchased a new wireless router with a longer range and more powerfull signal. I recieve a signal at the door of two or three bars and as soon as i enter the buliding i loose the signal. I need to get the signal in the shop. A couple of people have told me about directional antennas can any one help me out?
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Maybe try having a range booster at the entry to keep it strong going into the shop?

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What is the distance?

Frankly though, you'll be much better off running an ethernet connection from building A to a AP in building B if it is possible.

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What is the distance?

Frankly though, you'll be much better off running an ethernet connection from building A to a AP in building B if it is possible.

Agreed....wireless isn't a fan of metal structures/barriers in general.

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What is the distance?

Frankly though, you'll be much better off running an ethernet connection from building A to a AP in building B if it is possible.
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agreed. for my father in law he ran cat 5 to his shop. speeds will be much faster too

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agreed. for my father in law he ran cat 5 to his shop. speeds will be much faster too
Well, if you want to retain the wireless just run cat5 to the shop, and set the router up in there. It only needs power and cat5.
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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-28-2007, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
 
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the shop is probably 800 to 1000 feet away so it would be very expensive to run a cable that far.
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Does it have telephone out there? If so, go the DSL route for ~$20 a month and have a separate connection in there.

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the shop is probably 800 to 1000 feet away so it would be very expensive to run a cable that far.

you wont be able to use a cat 5 cable over 100 meters so scrap that idea. plus those cables are too fragile unless it will be covered.

if you have line of site you can mount these:
http://www.radiolabs.com/products/wi...int-bridge.php

i set one of these up to provide 1 internet connection to two disconnected shops. the distance between the buildings was about 250 feet. speed is fairly quick still in both shops but not as fast as the single setup was.

*the one i setup was their old kit, this one is supposed to be better and faster.
the only thing that wasnt cool about this kit was that the cable that runs from the bridge to the antenna was too short. you may want to consider the 20'ft cables depending on where you will mount them.
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If you get a signal at the door you can get a wifi repeater, and mount a weatherproof antenna on the outside of the shop, then have the repeater inside the shop with an omnidirectional antenna...

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Call me old fashioned, but I hate repeaters and wireless. I'd seriously consider a fiber run, it'll probably be cheaper then you think. I can refer an excellent cabling team for ya.

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same problem I have. even cell phones really suck in my shop.

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post #16 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-30-2007, 09:42 PM
 
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Wireless is not a fan of any metal structure or roof. Cat 5 can be ran over 100 yards, you just have to have a repeater somewhere in between.
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Wireless is not a fan of any metal structure or roof. Cat 5 can be ran over 100 yards, you just have to have a repeater somewhere in between.
Repeaters are bad news. Especially when (by his numbers) you'd need to include 2-3 of them in the mix.

Repeaters amplify all portions of the signal, from good to bad. So if any problems exist, the problems are amplified as well. Besides, by the time you're done with cat5 and all that, it probably is more expensive then a basic fiber run.

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