WiFi for Home Offices
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WiFi Installation For Home Offices
Over the past year, the majority of us have had the need to work from home amid the coronavirus pandemic. Though the success of the vaccine rollout has businesses and consumer confidence continuously increasing, it is likely that working from home might be a phenomenon which is here to stay.
This is because working from home allows employees a greater level of flexibility surrounding their working patterns and working hours. In turn, this allows people the opportunity to regain a better work-life balance, and better juggle other responsibilities such as childcare, the school run, and looking after relatives.
However, the transition to working from home was rather sudden, leaving many to purchase a cheap desk off the internet during lockdown, or make do with what they have. Now that working from home may be here to stay, you may be considering a more permanent office space with better boundaries, perhaps by repurposing an outbuilding as your new garden office.
But with the extra freedom that comes from keeping your home and home office as two distinctly separate spaces, there also comes the issue of installing the infrastructure you need in your new office, such as electricity, lighting and, of course, Wi-Fi.
How do I get Wi-Fi in my outbuilding?
To get Wi-Fi in your outbuilding, you may need to have new cables laid so that you can install a new Wi-Fi network.
However, if you have a reliable Wi-Fi connection in your home already, you may be able to extend your existing Wi-Fi range to reach your garden outbuilding instead.
How do I extend my Wi-Fi range to a garden outbuilding?
If you are looking to extend your Wi-Fi range to a garden outbuilding, there are a few different ways that you can do so without compromising on signal strength. You could try:
- Point to Point wireless
- External access points
- Run an ethernet network cable from the router to the outbuilding
- Mesh networking
- Power line adaptors/ Outdoor approved extension leads
Extending your Wi-Fi range with Point to Point
One method of extending your Wi-Fi range to a garden outbuilding is by using the Point-to-Point wireless networking technique. This links or connects physical networking devices by using wireless technology. This means that Point-to-Point can extend internet connectivity across a large area without any need for cabling.
Point-to-Point wireless works by setting up a single high-speed connection in an optimum location. It then uses antennas and radio connectivity to set up a physical line of site sequence of connection points across the required area.
In short, Point-to-Point wireless connections provide a bridge for data and signals to cross from one place to another. In this sense, they work similarly to a normal network, except without using physical wires as the connecting media.
Why use Point to Point for my Wi-Fi in my garden office?
The main advantages of using Point to Point for your Wi-Fi in your garden office are:
- Generally safer than a wired networking system
- Compatible with WAN
- High speed connection
- And most importantly, you don’t need to run a physical wire connection through your garden, which causes less disruption to your outdoor space and means that it is quicker and easier to install
Extending your Wi-Fi range with mesh networks
Another way that you can extend your Wi-Fi range to your home office building is by using a mesh network. At its most basic level, a mesh network is a series of interconnected devices or ‘nodes’. These nodes allow for multiple clients, including laptops, phones, and other devices, routers, and gateways.
The benefit of a mesh network is that each node can communicate with one another and work both together and individually. This means that when one node can no longer operate, such as in the case of an error, the rest can still communicate with one another and thus you will not lose your Wi-Fi connection.
There are two types of mesh networks available for you to consider- wired mesh networks and wireless mesh networks:
- Wired –
Wired mesh networks use shortest path bridging to allow Ethernet switches to be connected into a mesh network. In other words, it is a mesh network made up of physical Ethernet connections.
IP routing is used to support multiple paths from source to destination, allowing all paths to be active at once.
A wireless mesh network takes the Wi-Fi signal and repeats it using repeaters. This ensures that clients get a good signal over a larger area.
The benefit of a wireless mesh network is that they can self-form into groups by communicating and can also self-heal. For this reason, they are often used to take smart meter readings, and with smart hubs and smart homes.
Wired Mesh Network Vs Wireless Access Point Mesh Network?
When it comes to employing a mesh network for your home office building, you have the choice between these two options depending on existing infrastructure:
- Wired Mesh Network
- Wireless Access Point Mesh Network
If you do not have a wired connection to your outbuilding, then your best option is the Wireless Access Point Mesh Network. However, it is important to make sure that it is configured correctly, as the more repeaters the signal must pass through, or “hops”, the slower the signal.
Which Wi-Fi solution is best for my garden home office?
When it comes to installing Wi-Fi in an external building, every project is different. The requirements and needs should be weighed against a variety of factors, including:
- Time scale
- How far the outbuilding is away from your home
- Existing infrastructure
- Aesthetics of your garden
Some solutions may require running a physical line through your garden, which can also come with its own limits, difficulties, environmental risks, disruption to your everyday life and your plants, and potentially more hassle.
If you need help or advice on installing a reliable internet connection to your outbuilding, contact WiFi Heros today to discuss your options. We install professional external WiFi solutions, cabled networks and wireless connections to get you Wi-Fi exactly where you need it.