Outdoor WiFi Repeater
In some situations you might want to boost your wireless signal outdoors. This can be done by placing a normal indoor repeater next to a window (indoors) if the area you are trying to cover is small but with a wider area you will need to place the wireless repeater outside and a normal repeater is not built to withstand the weather conditions. There are some specific outdoor repeaters which are made for this purpose however.
Remember that these repeaters will work fine outside and are built to withstand the weather but they still need to be powered which means running a wire indoors.
Amped Wireless High Power Wireless-N Pro SR600EX
Amped Wireless is the forerunner of WiFi repeaters at the moment and their outdoor model (the SR600EX) is no exception. It’s mid-range in terms of price but the top dog for performance and durability. It’s built to survive being outside in harsh environments and is relatively easy to install.
It supports power over ethernet (and includes a cable already) which means you don’t need to worry about separate cables everywhere and has a simple setup to get the network going. Universal compatibility and up to 1.5 miles of bi-directional wireless coverage means there’s no other option which can offer the same coverage. It even has the option of adding some external antennas if you need to push the wireless strength.
This is the best outdoor wireless repeater on the market. Easiest to use, most durable and by far the strongest wireless signal. You can click here to see the price (which is on offer at time of writing).
TP-Link TL-WA5210G High Power Wireless Outdoor CPE
While the name is a mouthful the device is certainly worth a mention. TP-Link has a long history with wireless electronics and it certainly shows with this one. It’s the cheapest of our outdoor models and lacks some of the features and performance of the other two but it’s a good signal boost on a budget. The TP-Link outdoor CPE is a lot cheaper than some of the indoor repeaters out there in fact and suits quite well for a directional option.
It was made to be weatherproof which includes wind, rain and lightning. The WiFi connection can work up to 15km (given best conditions of course). It covers 802.11g and b but not N as far as we can see. Really this just means it won’t repeat an N signal but with backwards compatibility it should still be able to connect and just give you a bit of a lower speed. Most people will probably not notice a difference with this and compared to a lot of the options out there you will still get great speeds purely because of the signal strength of the outdoor CPE.
The design is about as tough as it gets. It was made to withstand some pretty crazy weather conditions and TP-Link gives you a two year warranty on top of that. The only real problem is the speed is capped to 54mbps but for the price and the range it is not a bad trade off.
This is basically a high powered wireless access point which is built to work outside over insane ranges and can be set to repeat an existing wireless signal. The setup is not as straightforward as most repeaters but it is built for the outdoors, it is very successful at working at range and it has an extremely low price (especially for an outdoors model). You can see the full details and price by clicking here.
Just keep in mind this is more of a wireless access point with the ability to extend an existing signal. It is certainly fit for purpose but by default it will act like an access point until you set it up properly.
Hawking Hi-Gain Outdoor Wireless Smart Repeater
The Hawking Hi-Gain outdoor wireless repeater is one of the more popular outdoor repeaters we found. The setup is simple and the compatibility is good but the price is pretty high (as with most of the outdoor repeaters) and there have been some reported problems with signal. Positioning for a repeater outdoors can be tricky though.
The less obstructions between your repeater and your goal the better. If you have a pretty wide opening into a garden this should work just fine for you but if you have to pass through multiple walls for example then your signal strength is certainly going to suffer. Unfortunately every repeater suffers from the same problems and this is the best outdoor version we can find at the moment. It is certainly worth taking a look at though if you think you have an open enough area.
It has a seriously rugged design and it was built for outdoors. So the rain won’t damage it and it is powered by Ethernet (with a waterproof connector but you are going to have to run the cable indoors somewhere). It also comes with a 1 year warranty just in case you do find any problems with it.
The Hawking model is a lot more expensive than the TP-Link CPE but doesn’t have the speed limit the CPE does.
You can see the full device details and pricing here.
Using an Indoors Repeater
In no way am I suggesting you put an indoors repeater outside. At the very least you are going to break the repeater and it is just not a safe plan. But depending on what kind of distance you are trying to cover an indoors repeater might be a better choice.
Personally I used to boost the signal to my garden by placing an indoors repeater at my bedroom window. I got a strong signal both indoors and outside because a window does not really cause much of an obstruction. It depends, of course, on the distance you’re trying to cover outdoors however. But it can be cheaper, give you better speeds and you won’t need to worry about mounting it outside.
So if you’re not trying to cover a big area outdoors you could try something like this instead and just put it indoors at the window.