Extending an outdoor wireless signal with a WiFi range extender can be easily done with the right unit.
Every outdoor wireless environment will be different, some can have trees blocking a signal, other times a street or alleyway requires a wireless bridge since no wires can be installed.
Many scenarios require transmitting a WiFi signal to a garage or neighbors house.
Since there are so many different outdoor wireless scenarios here we list our picks of options to help you get the most from your WiFi setup.
As always be sure to read the reviews on Amazon or elsewhere to be sure it is a good fit for you.
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Our Picks for Top Outdoor WiFi Range Extenders
TP-Link AC1200 Wireless MU-MIMO Gigabit Indoor/Outdoor Access Point (EAP225-Outdoor)
TP-Link makes many good wireless solutions including the EAP225 Indoor / Outdoor Access Point.
It can be mounted outside high-up and along with two large antennas transmit and receive a signal greatly extending the range.
The back of the unit has as a waterproof cover that an Ethernet line is run to from the router.
It is a PoE unit that receives power from the Ethernet line with a PoE adapter that is included.
The AC1200 unit works in both the 2.4Ghz and 5 GHz frequency along with the new 802.11ac WiFi protocol.
Since it is dual band 802.11ac unit it will fit into most any network and be able to talk to both old and new devices.
Ubiquiti Nanostation NSM5, 5GHz, 802.11a/n Hi-power 20 dBm Minimum, 2×2 MIMO AirMax TDMA PoE Station
The Ubiquiti Nanostation NSM5 is a PoE step-up that transmits in the 5Ghz range.
It can extend or boost a WiFi signal to great distances with two sets transmitting and receiving a wireless signal.
The NSM5 can also be setup in many other WiFi environments including as a bridge, but its main use to to keep extending a signal by adding additional units.
The basic installation is setting two units in-between two buildings and running an Ethernet cable to each from a router.
The signal from one building to the other will transmit and receive extending an internet connection.
Hawking Technology Outdoor Wireless-1750AC Managed AP Pro Wireless-AC Concurrent Pole/Wall-Mount PoE Enabled Access Point (HOW17ACM)
Hawking Technology is a company that has many outdoor wireless solutions.
The Hawking HOW17ACM is one such solution and is a dual band range extender so it works in both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies.
It is also uses the new 802.11ac protocol making it a universal repeater able to fit into most any WiFi network.
The 802.11ac protocol also called Wireless-AC has much faster data transfer speed than the older Wireless-N protocol.
The Hawking HOW17ACM is a high-end unit built for transmitting at big distances and os likey overkill for most home wireless set ups.
Setting up a WiFi range extender can be confusing sometimes. Most manufacture try to make the setup as easy as possible but some skills will still be needed.
If you have no background in setting up networks be sure to read a basic wireless network setup article or watch a YouTube video to get the basics.
Also be sure to know type of router you have as your network interface to the internet.
Older routers only worked in the 2.4 GHz frequency while new routers work as in both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band called dual band.
5 GHz frequencies don’t travel as far as 2.4 GHz signals but 5 GHz is not a crowded environment as the older 2.4 GHz range is.
Most devices transmit at 2.4 GHz which can cause problems in crowded areas since when two signal collide the transmission must be resent slowing down the entire network.
For this reason if your network is in a Urban setting than 5 GHz frequency likely will be better.
If you live outside a city in a less congested WiFi area than 2.4 GHz is likely better.