Extend WiFi To A Shed – Australia

Outdoor WiFi installation

If you are Australian, having a shed is like having kids, almost everyone has one. Need WiFi in your shed? Read on...

Getting internet to an outdoor building isn't always as straight forward as it should be. WiFi is a low output power and high frequency medium that does not penetrate well or reach far. In order to make WiFi effective it must be in close proximity.

Network cable isn't always a solution either as ethernet cable length is limited to max 100 meters. So how are you supposed to get internet to an outdoor shed /office?

How To Extend WiFi/Internet to a shed or outdoor building

If the outdoor building is within 100 meters then the best solution is to lay an ethernet cable, this gives the best performance and zero latency. But, sometimes this isn't possible or cost effective. Lets look at the wifi alternative.

To extend internet to an outdoor shed the most obvious solution is to make use of an outdoor point to point WiFi link. This involves installing ethernet cabling from the main house router to the roof where a point to point WiFi bridge unit is installed.

On the outdoor building/office/shed the same has to happen, an outdoor WiFi bridge unit is installed on the roof with ethernet cable leading down in to the shed. At the end of the ethernet cable a single device can be connected or if needed a WiFi access point can be installed that will provide WiFi coverage to that area.

This particular WiFi point to point link can reach as far as 5km's as long as the buildings have line of sight (No obstructions in the way). Greater distances are achievable with different equipment.


Interested in a pre configured WiFi point to point kit shipped to you in Australia?

Interested in a DIY project? We can pre configure all the needed hardware and post to you. All you need to do is drill holes and mount the antenna poles, zip tie the point to point WiFi devices to the pole mounts and then plug in all the cables. All of this should be doable in an hour if you have the correct tools.

The pre configured kit includes all the equipment necessary to create a point to point WiFi link to your shed that then provides WiFi access in the shed via a plugin dual band WiFi extender. All you need is a drill, ladder and screwdriver.

Alternative Solution: Long Range Extenders Based on 802.11AH HaLow Standard

What is 802.11 HaLow?

IEEE 802.11ah is a wireless networking protocol utilising sub 1 GHz license-exempt bands to provide extended range Wi-Fi networks, compared to conventional Wi-Fi networks operating in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands.

Devices operating on the 802.11ah standard have longer range than the usual 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi devices due to the propagation characteristics of lower frequencies.

What does all of this mean?

A Wi-Fi product based on the 802.11ah standard will get better range and object penetration than traditional wifi systems. BUT, at the expensive of lower speeds.
The speed of 802.11ah systems designed for Australia is limited to maximum of 15 Megabits per second. Whilst modern 802.11ax (WiFi 6) can do multiple hundreds of Megabits per second.

How usable is 802.11ah speeds?

As the speed limit is around 15 Megabits per second on 802.11ah, it should be enough for up to 3 simultaneous HD Netflix streams, as Netflix requires 5 Megabits per HD (High Definition) stream.
It will however not meet the requirements for a UHD (Ultra High Definition aka 4k) stream which requires 25 Megabits.

What range can I expect from 802.11ah devices?

In our testing we found that in open air direct line of sight, 802.11ah extenders connected at up to about 600 meters in urban areas.

We also tested having one extender unit in a brick house connecting to another 802.11ah extender up to 100 meters away.

Can an 802.11ah extender work better than a traditional Wi-Fi extender?

Yes, 802.11ah have better penetration and longer range at the expensive of lower speed. If you have an outdoor building, shed or granny flat where traditional Wi-Fi just doesn't reach then 802.11ah would probably work.


WiFi To Shed - Frequently Asked Questions

How do I extend WiFi to my shed?

There are a bunch of ways. The best way is with ethernet cable, but you are limited to 100 meters and it could be costly to dig trenches.

The second best way is with a Wi-Fi Point to Point Link, the WiFi link creates an "invisible cable connection". This type of connection is explained in the article above.

What speed can I expect across this point to point WiFi link?

Speed on the Wi-Fi point to point link can reach up to 200Mb/s in one direction which is more than enough to extend WiFi/Internet to a flat, shed or house.

We also have 802.11ah long range Wi-Fi extenders that can reach 600 meters in open areas (line of sight) and a maximum speed of 15 Megabits per second.

Is there a cheaper way to extend WiFi to a shed or flat?

Maybe, it really depends on how far your shed is from the main router and if the signal can be boosted with a directional WiFi client bridge unit.

How does it work you ask?

A WiFi client bridge with a powerful directional antenna  can be placed on the shed roof that grabs the weak WiFi signal from your main WiFi router. The grabbed signal is then  re-broadcast with a WiFi access point in your shed. This sort of acts like a traditional WiFi extender on steroids.

Also see our new addition: 802.11ah long range WiFi extenders ,these units are plug and play should be usable in a shed within about 30 meters away.

Can a regular WiFi extender work in my shed?

Most likely not. You would need a solution with high gain antennas, as explained above.

Need Onsite WiFi Assistance?

Are you in Brisbane and need onsite WiFi assistance? Click on the link to our WiFi Installation Service

DKIM Validation – “Fail, message has been altered”

What is DKIM?

DKIM - or DomainKeys Identified Mail is an email authentication method. DKIM adds a digital signature to every outgoing message. This signature is examined by receiving mail servers to determine if the message was really sent from the sending domain.

Do I need DKIM?

DKIM help protect your domain from spoofing. DKIM also help to prevent your mail from being tagged as spam. DKIM is a MUST!

Implementing DKIM

It's always best to consult your email hosting company for documentation on how to implement DKIM properly.

DKIM is implemented by adding a TXT record to the domain's DNS zone file. Typically a DKIM entry consists of a "Host" entry and "TXT value"

DKIM Validation

It is very important to test DKIM once implemented. I use DKIM Validator

You can validate your DKIM by sending a test message to the randomly generated email address created on the DKIM validator website.

Once the test email has been sent, go to the DKIM validator website and click the "View Results" button.

Inspecting the "DKIM Information" section will show details about the encryption, public key, headers, public key DNS lookup and validation.

The important part to confirm if validation succeed is under the "Validating Signature" heading.

A successful entry should have " Result = Pass"

An unsuccessful entry could have "Result = Fail" "Details: Message has been altered"

DKIM Validation Fail - Message has been altered

If you get this error you can try the following:

  • Verify the DKIM entry is set up properly - check documentation for your specific host
  • Do a test from webmail, if validation succeeds then in points to the message being changed from email client in transit to the server
  • Get in touch with your hosting company technical support to verify DKIM has been implemented correctly
  • Check email server settings
  • Try a different email client - as weird as it seems I had this issue using Windows Mail, when I swapped over to Microsoft Outlook validation succeeded.

Windows Mail causing DKIM validation fail Message has been altered

A client approached me indicating that they have mail deliverability issues. Messages were not sent as DKIM has not been working. Upon sending a test to DKIM Validator I got "Result = Fail" "Details: Message has been altered"

The client was using Windows Mail for a mail application.

Even after checking, removing and re adding the DKIM record it made no difference. The hosting company tech support was not helpful as per them everything was set up and working the way it should on there end.

I tried setting up a new mail account on a different computer with Windows Mail but had the same issue "Result = Fail" "Details: Message has been altered". Sending test emails from webmail worked fine.

You guessed it, Windows Mail was the culprit, I installed Microsoft Outlook, added the account and Bingo, Validation result = PASS.