Extending a outdoor wireless signal with a WiFi range extender needs to be done in areas with a poor signal.
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.
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.
Out Picks for Top Outdoor WiFi Range Extenders
Ubiquiti NanoStation locoM2 2.4GHz Indoor/Outdoor airMax 8dBi CPE
Ubiquiti makes many good WiFi products including this NanoStation locoM2 model.
It is a Wireless-N booster that works in the 2.4 GHz range and can transfer data up-to 150 Mbps.
The locoM2 can be setup differently depending on the network and scenario. It can extend a WiFi signal, connected to via Ethernet and create a strong WiFi signal, or a pair of these can also be used to create a wireless bridge. All these options make the locoM2 highly adaptable to many WiFi environments.
The NanoStation locoM2 is a good low cost budget solution for extending a WiFi signal.
This makes it good for home or small business use. If you have a large network with heavy internet users, than a more expensive enterprise repeater would be better.
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 step-up from the locoM2 model.
It can extend and boost a WiFi signal to great distances by adding another set to the network.
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.
TP-Link TL-WA7210N High Power Outdoor Wireless N150 Access Point, 2.4GHz 150Mbps, WISP/AP Router/AP, 12dBi antenna, Passive POE (WA7210N)
The TP-LINK TL-WA7210N comes in a variety of configurations to fit a outdoor WiFi network.
Larger antennas can be ordered and either the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz frequency can be used depending on the version bought.
The TP-LINK TL-WA7210N is also a good home or small business budget solution to outdoor wireless.
It is Wireless-N unit for transfer speeds up-to a theoretical 150Mbps.
If this unit is bought be sure to read the description before ordering for the one that best fits into your network.
Hawking Technology Hi-Gain Outdoor Dual-Band Wireless-600N Multifunctional Access Point, Bridge, Repeater (HOD45B)
The Hawking HOD45B is a dual band range extender so it works in both the 2.4 Ghz and 5 GHz frequencies.
It is also can boost the new 802.11ac protocol making it a universal repeater into most any WiFi network.
The 802.11ac protocol also called Wireless-AC was introduced in 2013 and has a much faster data transfer speed than the older Wireless-N protocol.
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.