Chances are your internet connection inside your home is great right? You may even get a nice Wi-Fi signal around a close perimeter of the exterior of your house. But what happens when you need to extend your Wi-Fi connection a little further? What if you have a porch where you want to just sit and enjoy a nice Netflix movie in the outdoors? The Wi-Fi signal now starts to diminish. We’ve all experienced this at one point or another.
Today, in 2019, we cannot live for too long without an awesome Wi-Fi connection. It has to reliable, fast and consistent for all the things we want to accomplish on our phones.
We want to continually check our social media profiles, watch movies, stream youtube videos, and sometimes to even get some work done, like emailing, checking our advertising campaigns and more. But to do all these cool things on our mobile devices we need a great internet connection even outside our homes. So how can we extend our Wi-Fi range outdoors?
Rely on good old cable when you can
Here I just want to make the point that it is far better to run a Cat-5 cable directly to your access point (which we’ll talk about in a second).
Sense you may be extending this outside your home or small office, running a cable that is not longer than 328 linear feet should not be a problem. Anything over that will.
Weather-resistant access points will work best
In order for you to experience the best possible signal and seamless streaming (best internet connection) outdoors, you will need to install the access point router outside. Therefore make sure you get one that is weather resistant.
A great option for this is the EnGenius EnTurbo which can easily be mounted anywhere outside your home or small office. You can even strap it to a nearby tree. Super simple mounting alternatives with this wireless access point model.
No cable? No problem – use a wireless bridge
You may not want to run cables for many reasons. You may want to save time, not want to drill holes, or have cables hanging in places because it would just be too difficult to hide them. No problem.
Simply install your wireless access point outside in a good spot, and follow the manufacturers recommendations to connect – wirelessly – directly to your in-home Wi-Fi router.
Bonus tip: Choose a good location
The good thing about [most] wireless routers and access points is they send their Wi-Fi signals in all directions.
Ideally you would want to place your access point in the middle of the area you are trying to cover. But of course this isn’t always possible. Especially if the outdoor area you are trying to cover with better Wi-Fi is large.
Leverage nature! If you have a tree that is accessible and hide the access point well, then use it. But typically you’ll have to install the router closer to your home or small office.
Extending your wireless internet connection outdoors is not really too difficult, but does require time and some money, especially if you are not a technical person, but can certainly be done without much of a hassle. Plus, the internet is always here to help you. Good luck with your installation.