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How to get wireless in my shop

Hello all, I have spent some time searching the internet for my answer but I’m still confused on what I should do. I have a metal shop about 350 feet away from my house, if I’m outside of my shop I can pick up WiFi signal, as soon as I’m inside I lose it. I found a bridge that will give me better signal and I feel it’s the easiest way, I don’t want to run and bury cat5 cable, but I’m confused on how to hook up the wireless inside the shop using the bridge. Any input or other ideas appreciated. Thanks.

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That's correct.

A metal shed is what we call a Faraday cage. That's physics and no (RF) product can break the laws of physics. So yes, you have to bridge it somehow. Even if....

You place a WiFi to Ethernet Client box just outside and run a short Ethernet to inside which you place a WAP or "Router as a WAP."

The nice part of this (common) setup is that your external WiFi to Ethernet Client box can be placed where it works best. Don't put it in the shadow of the building (RF shadow...)

I never give a nod to any specific client, WAP or router as a WAP since there are some hundred models available.

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Thanks for the info, for some reason I thought I read in one or more places that since it’s getting it’s internet from WiFi that I can’t use another router to make another WiFi signal inside the shop.

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Being careful with the words here.

I never use a router as the inside box. I can use a "router as a WAP" or just a WAP. If I were to use the router as a router, well, I'd rather not since that gets us into why that matters which is a deeper subject.

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Metal shop.

If this is metal, you have the "Farraday effect". Google that and you'll see why no wifi inside. I think you're better off wired.
Dafydd.

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