Extend WiFi Range At Home

Are you tired of slow internet speeds and dropped Wi-Fi signals? Do you have wireless dead zones in your home where the internet just doesn’t seem to reach? There are several ways to extend your Wi-Fi range and improve your internet experience. From repositioning your Wi-Fi router to installing a Wi-Fi extender or booster. If you have a larger than average sized home then the best way to extend Wi-Fi throughout your property is with Wi-Fi access points.

Extending Wi-Fi by repositioning your Wi-Fi router

A simple and affective way to extend your Wi-Fi range is to reposition your router. Wi-Fi signals travel easier through open space, so make sure your router is out in the open and free from obstructions. Don’t hide it in a cupboard or behind your TV. Try to elevate it because Wi-Fi signals are less absorbed through open space. Install your Wi-Fi router at least 2 meters off the ground.

Make sure to keep the Wi-Fi router away from fish tanks, water tanks and metal surfaces as these can absorb or reflect the Wi-Fi signal. Keep the Wi-Fi router as far away from other 2.4GHz and 5Ghz devices like Microwave ovens, baby monitors, cordless dect phones, wireless home security cameras and base stations. These devices will most likely interfere with the Wi-Fi router signal and cause dropouts.

If the Wi-Fi router has external antennas experiment using different angles. Sometimes having all antennas upright works better than having then angled at a V. Your mileage may vary.

Cheap way to extend Wi-Fi range using a Wi-Fi extender

A cheap option to extend Wi-Fi range is to use a Wi-Fi extender or booster. A Wi-Fi extender picks up your router’s Wi-Fi signal, and rebroadcasts the signal. This can help improve Wi-Fi coverage in areas where the signal is weak.

Wi-Fi extender placement is very important, too far away from the main Wi-Fi router and the speed will be slow and dropouts could occur. Most decent Wi-Fi extenders have a signal indicator light indicating if the Wi-Fi extender is placed in an optimal settings.

Another important aspect when using a Wi-Fi extender is to choose one that is dual band, i.e.. 2.4GHz and 5Ghz. When setting up the extender you will get way better speeds when the extender connects to the main Wi-Fi router on the 5GHz band.

Extend Wi-Fi range in a home using Wi-Fi access points

Using a wired Wi-Fi access point is the best way to extend Wi-Fi, using this method will give you the best speeds and greatest reliability. A Wi-Fi access point allows Wi-Fi devices to connect to a wired network. It serves as a central hub for Wi-Fi devices. You can wire in additional wireless access points, which offer better speeds and performance, but may involve running cables through the walls. This allows you to create a wireless network within your existing wired network.

What is a Wi-Fi access point?

A wireless access point (WAP) is a networking device that allows Wi-Fi enabled devices to connect to a wired network. It creates a wireless local-area network (WLAN) by serving as a transmitter and receiver of wireless radio signals. It allows easy access to the Internet over the air. A Wi-Fi access point can be incorporated into a wired router or be a stand-alone device 2. It is simpler and easier to install WAPs to connect all the computers or devices in your network than to use wires and cables. Wi-Fi access points are different from extenders in that they use a wired (ethernet) backhaul instead of Wi-Fi - this greatly enhances the speed, coverage and reliability.

How much does it cost to install Wi-Fi in my home?

The cost of installing Wi-Fi devices to enhance Wi-Fi coverage in your home can vary depending on several factors such as your home’s size, location, number of connected devices and speed requirements. The cost of an essential upgrade, such as adding a DIY Wi-Fi extender can start at about $60 for a basic Wi-Fi extender to about $200 for a better dual band Wi-Fi 6 extender. Upgrading your home Wi-Fi to a commercial grade Wi-Fi access point system can start at about $450, but this is again dependent on home size, number of devices, speed requirements etc.

How do I get a professional, commercial grade Wi-Fi system installed in my home?

To get a professional, commercial-grade Wi-Fi system installed in your home, you can contact a company that specialises in home and commercial Wi-Fi installation services. Our recommendation is to go with a trusted, reliable technically proficient Wi-Fi installation company that can install high-performance, business-grade Wi-Fi to ensure clear, even coverage throughout your home.

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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.

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