Our Guide: How To Connect a Garden Building To The Wi-Fi
- Why do I need Wi-Fi in my garden room?
- How do I get Wi-Fi in my garden room and outbuilding?
- Can I connect my garden building with a Wi-Fi extender?
- Connect your garden building to the internet via an ethernet cable.
- What is PiFi and can I use it to connect my garden building to Wi-Fi?
- Garden buildings at ATT Fabrications.
Garden buildings are having a renaissance thanks to the rise of working from home. Many use an outhouse as a hobby room, home gym, study, or as a place for entertaining guests.
Why do I need Wi-Fi in my garden room?
Though it may not be an extension, your garden room is still a part of your home. Now, the internet is a necessity to get even simple tasks done. For remote workers and self-employed entrepreneurs who work from a garden building, it can be a lifeline.
While for the fitness fanatics who use their outbuilding as a gym, having your favourite playlist and Netflix series on in the background can make that last 3km a bit more bearable.
There’s nothing worse than relying on your phone’s data to stream that chill out music for your yoga flow or pitch your latest business venture via Microsoft teams. So, let’s explore how you can get wifi in your garden building so you can stay connected.
How do I get Wi-Fi in my garden room?
There are several ways to get wifi in your garden building. It’s crucial to choose a method that suits your home and that is practical for your outbuilding.
Can I connect my garden building to the Wi-Fi with an extender?
We’ll be honest: this is a tricky question. A Wi-Fi extender is sometimes known as a signal repeater. It does what its name suggests: extends the signal of your Wi-Fi. Sounds simple, however, it is quite complex as many factors affect your internet signal.
Firstly, Being able to connect to the internet via a Wi-Fi extender really depends on the distance between your home and your garden building. Often garden buildings are much further from the main house, which would make the signal particularly spotty.
Additionally, the position of your Wi-Fi router will make or break your chances of decent internet in your garden room. For many homeowners, the garden is a dead zone for internet signals due to the thick walls of their homes.
To use a Wi-Fi extender, you’d need to ensure your outbuilding is within a 30m radius and that your router is nearby your garden. For example, the majority of homes have a Wi-Fi router at the front of their home in a hall or living room.
If you want internet access in your garden, you’d need to plus the signal repeater into a socket in your house that’s the closest to your garden building. This should boost your internet signal but it will not increase your Wi-Fi speed.
For faster internet, you should consult your internet service provider on your package. You might have great success getting your outbuilding online with signal repeaters, but your signal may be a bit spotty in bad weather.
Connect your garden building to the internet via an ethernet cable.
The simplest and most reliable method is via an ethernet cable from your home. Your home’s internet speed is going to be far superior to hot-spotting the internet from your mobile. This is especially important for those who work from home and run a business from their garden building.
For each remote worker in a household, a download speed of 10Mbps and upload speed of 1Mbp of internet bandwidth so work can continue without interruption. After all, there’s nothing worse than your screen freezing as your mid-sentence on an important zoom meeting.
We don’t recommend using a normal ethernet cable to get connected. Armoured cables tend to work best as your cable will need to be hardy enough to survive the elements. UV protection for your cable and protecting the port from the rain is key, so make sure you select an armoured cable.
A CAT6 cable is perfect for this mammoth task. They’re mainly used for networks that can reach up to 1GB, 1000Mbps, one Gbps DTR, or higher. What does that mean? Well, that piece of tech jargon basically says that with a CAT6 cable, your garden building is likely to have internet that’s as fast as your home.
Luckily, you don’t need to be tech-savvy to connect to the internet with an ethernet cable. You just plug it into the Wi-Fi router or ethernet port. If you’re just about to install electricity in your new garden building, make sure your ethernet cable can also be placed near the power cables. Adding this element at the early stages of your new addition’s development will be hassle-free. Just make sure the cable is armoured so it will be protected from the elements or placed underground.
What is PiFi and can I use it to connect my garden building to Wi-Fi?
Point-to-Point (PtP) wireless connections are sometimes known as PiFi. They connect two areas together with Line of Sight (LoS) antennas using aerials, routers, and cables to connect. Many businesses use them to bring Wi-Fi across large areas and they can be used at home too.
In short, PtP is an advanced Wi-Fi extender and is more reliable. You’ll still need external cables, an ethernet, and protected access points to ensure your internet kit can withstand the elements.
So, how does it all work? A unit is installed outside the home and another is put near your outbuilding. You’d need to make sure they’re plugged into the mains and that your home is connected to the network. The signal then transfers over to the second point. These handy gadgets allow you to have Wi-Fi in your garden and your accompanying garden building. There really are some fantastic PtP models on the market so it’s all about shopping wisely and finding what works for you.
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