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WIFI to my shop?

by dajain / January 31, 2016 5:35 AM PST

I just started a small business and take credit cards thru my phone. My router is inside my home by the desktop, but when I'm out at my shop I get no WIFI. I don't like having to go to the house with the customers cards. Would rather do it right there.

It is a total distance of less than 350 feet with not a lot of obstructions. Been looking at repeaters, boosters etc but it just gets confusing.

I am on a small budget so cost is a factor also, but what would be recommended to get WIFI out to say 500 feet?

Thanks ahead of time for any help!

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You can see folk ask that all the time.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 31, 2016 7:36 AM PST
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There is no guaranteed 500 foot WiFi. Even a single Ethernet is rated at 100 Meters.

For such a low budget why not your smart phone as a hot spot? The data for such use would be minimal.

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Not normal coverage here.
by dajain / January 31, 2016 8:26 AM PST

The thing about where I live, the cell service is not what 95% of what Americans are used to. I can't send pictures with my phone thru this service and data transfer is not that reliable. Just as an idea as to our remoteness, the nearest Walmart is 2 hours away.

I know my employer has external antennas that boosts his WIFI, so I am looking that route. Looking for any other suggestions as to a decent way to boost in such a remote spot.

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That's a suggestion.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 31, 2016 9:15 AM PST

Usually folk demand a clear answer with a solution that absolutely works. In the case of WiFi at 500 feet it's experimental. You can't be sure unless you try it and the reasons why have been discussed before so I don't duplicate it here.

This can really upset folk but look to prior long distance WiFi discussions. Nothing new has happened to make such a long distance connection reliable by using a specific setup. Again, you try what others have tried and know that it may work 99 out of 100 days.

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