Like most people, my router is in the living room which is great for wifi in the house bit not so great for a garden shed which is over 40 meters away at the end of the garden.
Time for conduit and hacksaw 🙂
(1) I purchased a TP-LINK TL-WA860RE wifi repeater and put that in my garage which is about 5 meters from the router (and most importantly gets a decent signal)
The nice thing I like about this device is that you dont lose a plug socket, it costs under £20 in the UK and can be setup in a couple of minutes.
Please note that I am an amazon affilliate but would never recommend a product that I had not personally long term tested (and I have 3 of these in my house).
You can purchase a TP-LINK TL-WA860RE or goto Amazon UK directly (don’t pay more than £19.99)
(2) Its vital at this stage that you check you have a good speedy connection before you proceed. I plugged my laptop into the ethernet port and I got the following speed
My provider provides me with 70Mbps to the router so not to bad.
(3) I then went to my local screwfix and bought a pack of 25mm black conduit cable and a few corner connectors. Honestly, this stuff is like Lego for men and you can get addicted. Its a cheap as chips (40meters for £26). You can also get the 20mm conduit which comes in 2 meter lengths which is even cheaper.
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(Dont forget to purchase join connectors and 90 degree angle pieces as you need them)
Then its just a matter of threading a cat6 cable through each piece and then adding the join connector, one at a time. I used to black gaffa tape over the join connectors to make sure they are watertight.
(I actually cheated and used 3 cat 6 cables all joined by cheap 50p cat5 connectors as follows:
(a) Cable 1 from the TP-LINK TL-WA860RE to the start of the garden.
(b) Cable 2 from the start of the garden to the bottom of the garden
(c) Cable 3 from the bottom of the garden/into the office
(actually thinking about it I might have have 2 cat 5 cables and the world of data cat 6 cable but it all works fine).
Using this method, if someone (likely me) ever happened to cut through the conduit/cable with a shovel, its an easy job to replace that individual section.
Once the cable is in my office, I ran it to 8 port switch (oh oh here comes that affiliate link again)
and then just for good measure I ran 1 cat5 cable from switch the to my PC and another cable to a wifi extender which gives me both a wired and wifi connectivity in my office at the bottom of the garden.
What kind of wifi extender, you may ask – well surprise surprise it was a TP-LINK TL-WA860RE 🙂
But the proof is in the pudding, and the real question you want to know the answer to is what was the speed of the wired connection in my office (40 meters from the house) ? Well the answer is
so – no loss of throughput.
In summary, for a spend of about £100, I have broadband to my garden office shed + wifi + an 8 port switch for future projects. I may later run a direct cat5 cable from my living room to the garage (replacing the WA860RE) to bring my wired connection speed up to 70Mbps (buts thats a story for another day)
My office is is now in the 21st century.