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11-15-2007, 09:50 PM
I want to build a wireless network between my house and shop. I am thinking about putting a router in the shed to handle a PC, network printer and a couple of network cameras. The distance to the house and shed is 110ft (line of sight). The shed has steel siding.
I seem to recall someone here established a network like what I want.

11-15-2007, 10:45 PM
You might need something like this:


11-15-2007, 11:01 PM
Should Work.

I'd use something like this in the shop


I'd be prepared to get an extension cable and mount one of the antennas externally on the building. The metal siding can act as a shield for the signal. You'll get higher speed with the external antenna between your house and shop.

11-15-2007, 11:24 PM
Hmmm - I thought Wireless N systems were going for three-way space diversity radiators rather than two like the old G systems used. I've been ogling the Belkin systems, this one in particular: http://www.nextag.com/Belkin-N1-VISION-WIRELESS-558373939/prices-html

Oddly, the upgrade N wireless network adapter for my Mac laptop has only two antennas so it makes you wonder about the need for that third wand.

11-16-2007, 12:00 AM
I tried to run a wireless G network to my shop. Distance from the PC in my shop to the router was approximately 60 feet. The shop is steel sided, house is vinyl sided. I could never get signal in the shop unless the man door was open. The PC sits right next to the entrance. With the door open, I got about 2 bars of signal, sometimes. It was unreliable, and very cold in the winter. My router is a d-link with the range extender, pc card was the same. Didn't help. Oddly, my old laptop with a pcmcia card and no external antena worked fine in the shop. I suspect that an external (to the shop) antena for the pc would have made it work, but I happen to have about 700 foot of network cable at my disposal, so I just ran a wired connection and honestly, I have never looked back.


11-16-2007, 12:48 AM
Always been my view, wireless is convenient, fantastic for portability, but a hard wired system is almost bullet proof.

a friend has an older wireless system set up, and every now and then you get some kind of error, and odds are a very short while later you will hear the phone ring next door.


11-16-2007, 06:39 PM
Didnít someone make directional antennas for their wireless network between two buildings?

11-16-2007, 06:55 PM
Lots of information about wireless here:


11-16-2007, 07:24 PM
Didnít someone make directional antennas for their wireless network between two buildings?Old sattelite dishes work gret and a ton of different kitchen cookware will work also, seen a lot made out of noodle strainers. I bought a little usb wireless antenna just to play with, with a 6 ft usb cord and one of the wifes ss bowls I was able to pick up about ten different wieless networks in my neighborhood depending on which way I pointed it, only two of them had taken the time to password protect them.

Your Old Dog
11-16-2007, 08:19 PM
I've had DLink and Linksys. I'd stay with LinkSys if I was going to go wireless again. I think you ought to consider hardwire connection for faster speeds, easier shaking out the bugs and much more secure without loosing speed.

These 2.7gig systems are susceptible to neighborhood noise weakening the thru-put (speed).

Do hardwire. Much cheaper and easier and efficiant. :D

11-16-2007, 08:58 PM
My dlink only worked with the door open on the metal building..

I put in hardwire which has swung between the buildings for a couple years now.. I got a conduit in the ground. if I can find the ends of it.

A antennae reflector I might be interested in? I have wireless cameras I'd like to try one on. Bounce all them "wrong way" signals all in a train toward the reciever.

11-16-2007, 09:04 PM

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