Whether it is for work or leisure, a strong internet connection can have a number of uses in the garden or backyard. However, no matter how good an internet system may be inside a home, there is no guarantee that it will transfer to the outside area. Fortunately, there are a number of options available to extend an internet range to include the outdoors.
1. Move the Router
A good wireless internet router - the device that transfers the internet to computers, tablets, and so forth - is essential to using Wi-Fi outside. Make sure the router is in good working order before considering changing any hardware. If the device is good, try moving it to a more central location in the building; routers have a limited range, but a well-positioned router - especially close to a window or on the second floor - can ensure it functions at its maximum capability. If there are no modem outlets in improved positions available, buy an Ethernet cable and move the attached router to the best location. Routers and modems only need to be connected, not necessarily close together. Finally, make sure the router has the settings necessary to boost its range; a bar of strength can be added the Wi-Fi just by ensuring it’s only the 802.11g range which is selected.
2. Buy a New Router
Some routers just won’t be cut out to deliver a reliable internet connection from a distance, no matter where they are placed. In this case, it might be worthwhile investing in a new, better functioning router. The technology of routers is routinely updated to improve range and performance, and older models (models ending with a B or G) have less range and slower speeds than the modern N or AC models. Routers should be upgraded roughly every 3 years to keep up to date with improved technology.
The antenna of a router affects the strength and direction of the internet signal. If altering its direction doesn’t improve the range of a connection, consider buying a high-gain antenna; it focuses the radio signal on a specific point, rather than lightly distributing it in a 360 degree area, that can transfer the internet to wherever it’s pointed. Available at a relatively inexpensive cost, a high-gain antenna is a simple and effective way to extend a Wi-Fi range to include outside even if the router is based inside. Alternatively, try improving the Wi-Fi range by attaching household items, notably curved tinfoil, to the antenna.
4. Additional Wireless Access Points
An additional wireless access point can be obtained in two ways. The first method is to use an Ethernet wire to connect a router with a wireless access point (WAP) - a separate device - in a different part of the house. The wire connects the two and relays internet as if stemming from the WAP. While this is the most effective method of transmitting Wi-Fi outside, it is also the most troublesome, as wires often have to cover large distances and may have to pass through walls.
The second method is to use an electrical or cable outlet as a WAP. This can be done by connecting an adapter into an electrical or cable outlet as well as the router. When the other adapter is plugged into a separate coaxial point, the internet signal matches that of the original source. Though this is an awkward way to extend Wi-Fi range, its virtue is that its range is comparatively endless; if there are access points at the right location, there is no limit on how far the internet can stretch.
5. Add a Wireless Repeater or Range Extender
One of the most straightforward ways to extend Wi-Fi outside is to use a wireless repeater or range extender. Repeaters/Extenders act as boosters and multiply Wi-Fi into another range. To work properly, devices should be placed on the furthest point away from the router that receives full coverage. Whilst this can be an effective way of receiving an internet signal outside, be aware that internet strength is essentially halved by using these devices and it might not be the best option if a full speed internet connection is required.
Buying the Necessary Materials on eBay
Buying routers, antennae, and other necessary materials for extended wifi is easy and affordable on eBay. Go to the Computers > Home Networking & Connectivity to best begin the search. Once the shopper has decided on a product, she should be sure to check the seller’s history to ensure that the source is reliable.
Though there are plenty of products available on the market to extend Wi-Fi range, problems often differ from one circumstance to another, and users might find that it takes a little bit of trial and error to find the best solution. However, with new technology and solutions constantly appearing on the market, there’s nearly always a solution to extend Wi-Fi range, whatever the circumstances.