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Metal pole barn

Rdtapt
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Metal pole barn

I have a metal pole barn/garage, which is only maybe 50' from my house, that I'm having trouble getting wifi into. I bought a R7000P Nighthawk to extend my coverage from my house but that didn't help despite having range to spare, its just not getting through the metal exterior. Next, I added an EX6120 extender in the garage, using an extension cord I mounted it in the closest window to my house (which I saw on another post in here). It connects but I can only get about 1 mbps, essentially unusable. Unfortunately, I do not have the option to run a wire.. 

 

I saw another post on here talking about a wireless bridge kit. I am not super familiar with these, if someone could explain how the set up would go. Would you bring the nighthawk into the pole barn then go straight off my Verizon Fios modem/router (g1100) to the bridge to the nighthawk in the garage?

 

Also could someone point me to a decent kit that hopefully wont break the bank?

 

 

Thanks!

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Rdtapt
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Re: Metal pole barn

Or.. am I over thinking this and I could just bring the Nighthawk into the garage and connect an outdoor antenna to that? 

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Rdtapt
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Re: Metal pole barn

Something like the Netgear ANT2409?

 

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FURRYe38
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Re: Metal pole barn

I recommend since the bar is make of metal, that you run a CAT6A STP cable from the main building out to this barn. Then connect up a router and configure it for AP mode. Then you'll get good wifi at the barn area. 

My Setup ISP SparkLight | Internet Cable 1000↓/50↑ CAX80 Modem Mode  | Wifi Router RBKE963 and RBE973 | Switches NG GS105/8, GS308v3, GS110MX and XS505M | Additional NG HW: C7800/CAX30/CAX80/CM1100/CM1200/CM2000, Orbi: CBK752, RBK50, RBK853, RBK752, RBK953, SXK30 | NightHawk: MK63, MK93S, R7000, R7800, R7960P, R8000, RAXE500, RAX120v2, RAX50v2, XR450/500/700/1000,

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Rdtapt
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Re: Metal pole barn

Thanks for the reply, but as stated in original post, I unfortunately do not have the option to run a wire.
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plemans
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Re: Metal pole barn

Netgear's Airbridge is a wireless bridge setup. 

You'd get 2 of them. 

1 you'd mount on the house and point at the garage

the other you'd put on the garage. 

 

The you'd use a wireless access point inside the garage to connect to the bridge on the garage. 

The metal is going to block signals. So you need something to get the signal to the garage and then something in the garage to connect to that device and rebroadcast it. 

Current setup: CM2000-> RBE973S-> Trendnet TEG-S380-> GS716T-> pi-hole
also in AP setup: RAXE500->EAX80
1.4gig download/100mbps upload from Xfinity
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FURRYe38
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Re: Metal pole barn

https://www.netgear.com/support/product/wbc502.aspx

My Setup ISP SparkLight | Internet Cable 1000↓/50↑ CAX80 Modem Mode  | Wifi Router RBKE963 and RBE973 | Switches NG GS105/8, GS308v3, GS110MX and XS505M | Additional NG HW: C7800/CAX30/CAX80/CM1100/CM1200/CM2000, Orbi: CBK752, RBK50, RBK853, RBK752, RBK953, SXK30 | NightHawk: MK63, MK93S, R7000, R7800, R7960P, R8000, RAXE500, RAX120v2, RAX50v2, XR450/500/700/1000,

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Rdtapt
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Re: Metal pole barn

Thank you, that sounds simple enough! The product you mentioned is unavailable though, could you or someone else recommend a different product? Thanks again.
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FURRYe38
Guru

Re: Metal pole barn

Might look up Air Bridge WiFi on Amazon and see whats available. 

My Setup ISP SparkLight | Internet Cable 1000↓/50↑ CAX80 Modem Mode  | Wifi Router RBKE963 and RBE973 | Switches NG GS105/8, GS308v3, GS110MX and XS505M | Additional NG HW: C7800/CAX30/CAX80/CM1100/CM1200/CM2000, Orbi: CBK752, RBK50, RBK853, RBK752, RBK953, SXK30 | NightHawk: MK63, MK93S, R7000, R7800, R7960P, R8000, RAXE500, RAX120v2, RAX50v2, XR450/500/700/1000,

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Kitsap
Master

Re: Metal pole barn

Do your have AC power in the garage?

 

Does it share a mains circuit panel with the house?

 

Have your thought of a power line Wi-Fi extender?

 

Do a search on Amazon for Power Line Wi-Fi Extenders.

 

 

My setup: Xfinity -> Netgear CM2050V -> Netgear R9000 (Voxel V1.0.4.71.1HF)

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Rdtapt
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Re: Metal pole barn

Not available on Amazon or anywhere else, must have been discontinued. A lot of generic bridge set ups come up on Amazon, not sure what's good and what's not. Guess I'll just have to pick one and try it. Why does this have to be so complicated? Lol
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Rdtapt
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Re: Metal pole barn

It does have AC, a sub panel run off the house main panel. I've never heard of ac wifi, I'll look into it. Thanks!
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