Another option is to get a directional antenna (also known as a yagi antenna) and point to the shed.
If you have a router with external antennas like a Netgear Nighthawk, you can remove one of the broadcasting antennas and attach it to a directional antenna.
So what’s a good directional antenna?
A grid parabolic antenna is the big, bad wolf capable of broadcasting 2.4 GHz WiFi signal up to 8 miles. But again, if you have a very robust metal shed or shop, it’ll still stop WiFi service from getting through, so going with the PiFi Long Range WiFi Range Extender would be a better choice.
For tiny buildings a bit closer like 100 meters away (about 300 ft) in the backyard or a little bit offsite, going with a yagi antenna is definitely more manageable and just as effective.
Simple upgrade to your existing router antenna.
Grid or yagi antenna has good reach for rural areas.
If the shed is robust with thick walls, it may not work.
Will need to install and point external antenna to shed.
It’s not recommended but doable. You could run an ethernet cable from your router inside the shed.
CAT5e and CAT6 cable runs up to 100 meters (328 ft), so that’s one thing to remember. You’ll also have to shield the cable from the elements and perhaps bury it unless you want it exposed to children, dogs, and lawnmowers.
Something better than nothing.
We’re in the 2020s, it’s wireless technology, why are we talking wires?
5. The Van Gogh aka The Experimental
Powerline adapters use your home’s electrical wiring to deliver internet. If your shed also shares electricity with your home where the WiFi modem is installed, it may deliver WiFi service in your shed.
It’s not the most effective (aka spotty), but it’s definitely the easiest to install. And it does come with some caveats such as directly installing into the outlet (no surges) and not sharing outlet with high-powered devices.
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