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    Craft cabin in the garden + an iPad!

    This is a discussion on Craft cabin in the garden + an iPad! within the Cabling and faceplate help forums, part of the Sky Broadband help and support category; I have a craft cabin in my garden, approx' 60 feet from my netgear (black) router, in the front room. ...

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      Help - please!

      I have a craft cabin in my garden, approx' 60 feet from my netgear (black) router, in the front room.

      I thought of buying the wifi plugs (the sort that Maplin sells), seeing as tho my cabin has plug sockets, because if I ran any cables, it would have to go thru the front room, kitchen, out of the kitchen window or door to the garden, then lay across our garden gate path (which I would ride over with my mobility scooter when leaving & entering garden), then finally the cable would run down side of garden into cabin. I would need ALOT of cable!

      What would be my best option?

      If the wifi plug is best option, I could take it out cabin when not in use and use upstairs each night, making it more portable, because the wifi signal to our bedroom is also very weak, but would I need anything else or just two plugs? Are there better plugs on the market, or any to stay away from?

      Many thanks in advance

      Lisa
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      Re: Craft cabin in the garden + an iPad!

      If the Netgear router supports an external aerial this would be the best solution IMO.
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      Re: Craft cabin in the garden + an iPad!

      Sadly only the original white Netgear has an external aerial socket.

      I've no practical experience of Homeplugs but getting them to work over that distance may be a problem.
      Do you know anyone who has a pair that you could try?

      As a suggestion you could temporarily site your router in the back bedroom (no need for the phone line to be connected just the wireless enabled) and see if you get an adequate wifi signal in your cabin.

      If you do you could get a second router from eBay and connect the two using an ethernet cable just using the upstairs one as a wireless access point.
      Scubbie has a tutorial on how to do it.
      This would solve your other problem.

      Failing that a long run of outdoor grade ethernet is the only answer.

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      Re: Craft cabin in the garden + an iPad!

      Here is a link to the guide on linking two routers together:

      http://www.skyuser.co.uk/forum/askin...-together.html

      Remember that the whole idea of the document originally was to make use of an old router that was hanging around from a previous ISP. This means that any router can be used in theory.

      If that 2nd router happened to be a WiFi n router, then you could place it in the back of your home where the signal can be reached in your cabin.

      If you don't happen to have an old router to hand, then you could purchase a WiFi extender. Another option would be to get a pair of HomePlugs, where the 2nd supports a WiFi n connection.

      One potential product which could help you is something like this: dLAN® 200 AV Wireless N ... Product description ... devolo AG

      Having taken a brief look around, I found them available on Amazon for £62.99, but you may be able to get them cheaper elsewhere.

      [ame=http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00472MMCQ/ref=asc_df_B00472MMCQ5322396?smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&t ag=googlecouk06-21&linkCode=asn&creative=22206&creativeASIN=B00472 MMCQ]Devolo 1408 dLAN 200 AV Wireless-N HomePlug Adapter: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories[/ame]

      As for passing cables through windows, etc., obviously this is not a good idea. Personally I would see if it is possible to run an overhead cable and drill a hole in your wall to allow you to do this.

      I've just taken a look around at current prices, and found a roll of cable available for £57.07 from Capital Stores. Admittedly the roll is for 305m of cable, but it does show that you could get a reasonable length quite cheaply.

      For the record, a single length of Cat 5e cable should not be longer that 100m and provided that there are no sharp bends, it will support up to a 1Gbit LAN, meaning that it would be more than suitable for a link now and in the future.

      Fitting the connectors is a reasonably easy task with a suitable crimp tool.

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      Re: Craft cabin in the garden + an iPad!

      That link to "CAT5" is cheap horrible cable, it won't support Gigabit and is NOT CAT5e compliant.

      "CAT5e copper clad aluminium data cable supplied in dispensing box"

      If you want decent external CAT5e give us a shout, it's not cheap!
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      Re: Craft cabin in the garden + an iPad!

      Quote Originally Posted by RUNITDIRECT View Post
      That link to "CAT5" is cheap horrible cable, it won't support Gigabit and is NOT CAT5e compliant.

      "CAT5e copper clad aluminium data cable supplied in dispensing box"

      If you want decent external CAT5e give us a shout, it's not cheap!
      Thanks for that. I was surprised by the cost of the cable, but there were other low cost examples available.

      I see you have some pre-cut cable available. 20m external Cat 5e is currently showing at £15.32, and you can do custom lengths.

      run-IT-direct are certainly worth a call Lisa if you take this option.

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      Re: Craft cabin in the garden + an iPad!

      We can do any length We aren't the cheapest but we guarantee 100% copper cable. The price at the site above isn't that good considering it is CCA, but, if you did not notice it can appear very cheap!
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