Extend WiFi signal to garage outside

ErrantAngel

New Around Here
Hi there,

I have the main AP in the house and a very cheap tp-link router in the garage outside. It is only 2.4 ghz.

As you can imagine the signal is spotty.

What would be a good way to strengthen the signal. Running an ethernet cable is not an option.

Should I purchase a repeater and place it half way? The connection just needs to work for emails and light browsing so does not need to be very good.

Is there a way I can avoid buying the extender and just make an antenna? Where would I connect it and if you can provide any further technical details I would be grateful.

The router in the garage is a TP LINK-WR741ND 150mb Wireless

Could I connect the antenna to the antenna on the device?

The main router is an Asus ac68u

Thank you.
 

L&LD

Part of the Furniture
Just move the 'cheap' TP-Link router closer to the main routers' signal. It will still provide enough usable signal for garage use too. :)
 

OzarkEdge

Part of the Furniture
Hi there,

I have the main AP in the house and a very cheap tp-link router in the garage outside. It is only 2.4 ghz.

As you can imagine the signal is spotty.

What would be a good way to strengthen the signal. Running an ethernet cable is not an option.

Should I purchase a repeater and place it half way? The connection just needs to work for emails and light browsing so does not need to be very good.

Is there a way I can avoid buying the extender and just make an antenna? Where would I connect it and if you can provide any further technical details I would be grateful.

The router in the garage is a TP LINK-WR741ND 150mb Wireless

Could I connect the antenna to the antenna on the device?

The main router is an Asus ac68u

Thank you.
How far is the garage from the house router/AP?

You could put an RT-AC86U in the house. If that doesn't do it, disable Smart Connect and set different SSIDs per band and fixed non-DFS channels, and add the existing AC68U as a wireless AiMesh node in the garage.

OE
 

ErrantAngel

New Around Here
It is 75 metres (246 feet) from router (ac68u) to router (tp-link). My apologies to the poster above me but I don't really understand your explanation :(

Sometimes I can connect to the ac68u and sometimes not. Maybe I can place it higher?

The cable port is in the room that the Asus resides in so I can't (and don't want to) move it.

At this point I am thinking repeater.

Okay the consensus online seems to be that repeaters with no ethernet attached are really bad. I can't run an ethernet cable along the floor and we are in lockdown so I can't hire a tradesman.

I forgot to add that about 30 of those 70 metres are outside.

I may just use a repeater with no ethernet until I can get someone to wire the thing.

Cheers for input
 
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degrub

Very Senior Member
Is the power in the garage on the same main breaker panel as the house ?
What is the power standard 120 v US, 240v UK, or ??
If both are on the same main panel (no sub panel at the garage), then consider the most recent ethernet over power line. Place one unit close to the Asus and one in the garage. see if you get a connect using a laptop or pc at the garage. If you do, then all you need might add is a wireless access point of your choice.

If not, then point to point wireless is the most likely bet short of running a cable to the garage. Run an ethernet cable to a window facing the garage. Place one of the extender pairs in a window facing the garage or mount under a roof eave in the same location. Do the same at the garage. Should work without issue on 2.4 GHz unless there is strong interference from neighbors.

you don't want to use the asus wireless bands as this will cut the throughput by half and may affect any 2.4 GHz users in the house. Run cable to the wireless extender instead. You may even be able to use ethernet over power to do this.
 

ErrantAngel

New Around Here
This is a good idea. It is 240V. They are all on the same panel.

I can purchase a ethernet over power power kit and just return it if no luck.

Hmmm nice idea. I may just try it and report back to you.

Many thanks.
 

L&LD

Part of the Furniture
To expand on my reply.

Move the TP-Link router out of the garage and near a window that faces it, inside the house. You can try this now. :)

The signal available at the garage will be more than adequate, I suspect.

I would be surprised if the garage is on the same service panel (internal wiring) as the main house. I wouldn't put much stock on PLA myself (too variable and flakey in my experience).

If you do add another repeater, the TP-Link you have now is already one, you will be effectively getting less than a quarter of your bandwidth when any client device is requesting data in the garage. Not a recommended solution at all.
 

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