Those who use wireless at home are familiar with the problems getting enough reception to connect to the internet, even indoors. Even if the wireless router, which has the same radio signal as ADSL Internet, is positioned centrally, there is always a corner in your home where you may have little to no reception.
If you live in an old building or several storeys up, the problem of the right illumination is particularly important. The concept of illumination is when the internet signal covers a larger area. In principle, the transmitter must be positioned as close to the middle of your home as possible, in order to cover each room evenly. However, what if the internet signal does not reach the garden, or if you want to sit under the pergola or by the garden pond with clear wireless reception? Our guide explains how to ensure a strong connection in the garden.
How to achieve wireless reception outdoors
Getting wireless network reception in the open air is convenient, however the limited range of high-frequency wireless is a challenge. Usually, most wireless transmitters are sufficient for a normal house or larger flat.
Technically speaking, commercial wireless routers have a transmission radius of about 100 metres. This is, however, only when unobstructed. A broad fence or rose arch naturally reduce the quality. But who wants to do without broad-leaved trees and hedges, just to have interference-free wireless at the other end of the garden?
The right positioning
If you want to improve the signal reception in the garden without too much effort, the wireless router should first be placed as close to the garden as possible. Often, it can even help to position the router at the window looking out onto the garden, in order to receive a good signal on the terrace next to it.
It should be remembered that every wall, door and piece of furniture that the wireless signal has to get past makes it weaker. Eliminate as many hurdles as you can!
Getting a stronger signal – with a wireless repeater
To enjoy great wireless outdoors, there is another technical option: installing a repeater. The repeater has its name because it “repeats” the signal to build up a strong one from a weak one. These devices are available cheaply and are easy to set up even for beginners in just a few minutes.
Plug the repeater into your power supply, allowing the repeater to pick up your existing WiFi signal and strengthen it. In order to select the best receiver channel, it will usually search for this automatically, so no need for manual adjustment.
For the best results, you should position the repeater as close as possible to the place where the WiFi is to be used. So, if you want to receive WiFi in your wendy house, you should position the repeater in the middle of where you have weak WiFi reception. The strongest signal from here should reach both the garden and the house.
Repeaters for every purpose
Standard models range from cheap and compact with the main basic functions to more bulky and complex. If you want to use your garden to regularly stream live broadcasts online, betting while playing online games or watching TV late at night, you also have to have the right equipment for this. Respective additional functions such as cable TV transmissions to stationary terminals such as the PC in the shed or mobile devices in the treehouse also provide necessary Internet connection for users who need it.
With the solution of a repeater, high transmission rates are possible. However, this refers to the speed with which the devices communicate with each other. The actual connection speed to the Internet is not affected by the signal amplifier. It is based solely on the service offered by the provider and the reserved internet tariff.
The AVM FRITZ! WLAN Repeater 2400 is a popular model for both beginners and advanced users. It achieves an optimal connection to the WiFi device by means of multi-antenna (MIMO) technology and a good transmission speed: fast 600 MB/s and maximum range through WLAN N (2.4 GHz). The intelligent use of both WiFi frequency bands (cross-band repeating) makes this possible. LEDs on the device display the signal strength. This makes it easy for beginners to quickly find the optimal location for the repeater.
Weatherproof outdoor access points
Products belonging to the outdoor access point category are particularly robust against the weather to use outdoors. In the low-price division, we recommend the TPLINK CPE210. With its weather-resistant outdoor covering, it works even in extreme weather conditions, from -30 to +70 degrees. In addition to an earth connector, the CPE210 has another mechanism to prevent ESD attacks via the PoE adapter and Ethernet cable. More powerful models for high-performance wireless networks have two Fast Ethernet ports and a range of up to 183 metres. This range also achieves the BI UAP-AC-OUT, it supports 802.11ac and speeds of up to 1300 MB/s in the 5 GHz frequency band and up to 450 MB/s in the 2.4 GHz frequency band. It also provides a simultaneous dual band service for each frequency band and two GB Ethernet ports.
Safe Internet outdoors
As far as repeaters are concerned, the question arises: is my network safe when the repeater strengthens the signal? Or am I creating a gateway for hackers to get in? Don’t worry, you can get that out of your head. In reality, the connected repeater adds itself automatically to the router network, or onto the WiFi. However, these will usually adopt the installed security settings that come with the AVM FRITZ! WLAN Repeater 2400. If you want to be quite sure, the security settings and the encryption level can be edited separately for many of the models.
Tip: Expand the size of your WiFi area so that you can check who knows your WiFi password!
Did you perhaps give the neighbours your password details when they came over to your flat? Now, thanks to the repeater, they could suddenly be within the extended reception range and therefore become the unwelcome second user of your WiFi!
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