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Extending Wi-Fi to Your Garden Office

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Why Extend Wi-Fi to Your Garden?

Wi-Fi is one of the basic necessities and an affordable method of connecting to the internet inside and outside your main property. Mostly, the Wi-Fi signals of broadband routers installed inside your home are not strong enough to provide internet access in your garden. But, extending your Wi-Fi to your garden or shed is possible to allow easy working if you have formed a home office there. This way, you can easily communicate with your colleagues, customers, or online clients with greater ease. Moreover, you can also relax outside your home to breathe in fresh air and get entertained with an internet connection in your garden. It also allows you to stream music and videos outdoors to spend valuable time with your family and have barbecue gatherings with friends. In this guide, you can learn about five prevalent methods to extend Wi-Fi to your garden space.

How to Extend Wi-Fi to Your Garden?

The following are some of the options which can help you extend your Wi-Fi access to your property’s outside space, i.e., garden:
  • Ethernet Cable

It is one of the most reliable and safe methods to provide internet access to your garden office, requiring a strong internet connection. It demands to lay the Ethernet cable along with other power cables in the garden building and then it can be plugged into the Wi-Fi router or the Ethernet port of any device, such as a laptop or PC. Price: £20 to £200.
  • Mesh Wi-Fi

Mesh Wi-Fi involves the usage of smart devices, named repeaters, that are connected to your home’s main router for providing powerful internet access throughout the garden space. You need to plug in the repeater near your property’s outside space to boost the range of your Wi-Fi network and provide a consistent and fast internet connection. Price: £100 to £200.
  • Powerline Networking

An electrical power cable is installed between the home and garden office to provide internet access with powerline networking. It is a wireless network that is easy to install and works with a Wi-Fi connection. It consists of a simple kit with two adapters, each with short Ethernet cables. One of the adapters is connected to the mains and the router with its Ethernet cable, and the other adapter is plugged into the garden office’s Wi-Fi router. It requires the availability of electricity in your garden office for wiring the Ethernet cable to the distribution box. Price: £20 to £50.
  • Wi-Fi Extender

A Wi-Fi extender is a device connected to your Wi-Fi network to extend the signal range by creating a hotspot between the main router and garden space. This device is easy to install and needs to be plugged into your home’s mains electricity supply to enhance the signal strength by creating an extra Wi-Fi network and connecting to your garden office. A Wi-Fi extender provides internet access over a short range of about 30m. Therefore, you need to attach more than one repeater if your garden’s office location is more than 30m from the primary router’s location, but it compromises the signal strength. Price: £20 to £50.
  • Wi-Fi PtP (Point-to-Point)

A Wi-Fi PtP is a reliable option, but its installation process is complex, consisting of two units which require a power supply to work. One unit will be installed outside your home to connect it with your home network, and the other will be installed outside your garden office. Both of these units require to be configured to communicate accurately with each other. The signals are transmitted from the unit attached to your home network to the device in the garden office. This solution requires an uninterrupted connection between both devices to ensure the effectiveness of signals. You can achieve a considerable range with Wi-Fi PtP, working efficiently even if there is more distance between your home’s main building and garden office. Price: £150 to £200.

Key Takeaways

Based on the type and structure of the outbuilding or garden office, the presence of electric connections, and the proximity of your garden office to your home’s main building help you decide the most feasible option to extend your internet connection to the garden. All these factors collectively determine the internet connection’s reliability and strength.