Top Outdoor WiFi Range Extenders

By | August 20, 2016

Top Outdoor WiFi Range Extenders 2016

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.


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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.


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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.
Outdoor WiFi Range Extenders

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.


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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.

Summary
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.

17 thoughts on “Top Outdoor WiFi Range Extenders

  1. 1

    I’m unsure why Hawking products are listed here. They are poorly rated on Amazon and NewEgg because they are nearly junk and poorly supported. The HOW2R1

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  2. Karl

    Great video. Can “B” station broadcast wirelessly or do you need to physically connect to it?

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  3. satya

    HI,
    please help me as i have internet connection at my home, my brother living away 300 meters there is very poor signal. so please suggest the solution ..

    Thanks,
    SATYA

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  4. Chris

    Hi, I currently use the NETGEAR N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender, Essentials Edition (EX2700) indoors to extend my wifi signal and this easily is powered through plugging into an outlet. I want a similar device, but to extend my current wireless network outside to my patio which has 2 zones of wireless audio and 2 smart TV’s. Which outdoor product do you recommend that will plug into an outlet (not depend on POE) and enable me to extend my wireless network outside. Thanks

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    1. Keith

      Did anyone ever respond to this? I have same question. I need an extender (not an access point) that doesn’t need to be plugged into PoE or router. I want it to pick up wireless signal and boost it.

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        1. Kelley

          That Wavlink AC600 requires an ethernet cable to run to it. So that’s not what you’re looking for.
          I’ve had good success with the D-Link DAP-1520. Dual-band, good range. I use it for my front patio.
          Small box, plug in the outdoor outlet, or inside out let near the window nearest your outdoor area.
          Once it’s configured, you can plug it in when you’re out there, unplug it and dump it in a drawer when you’re not. It comes up about 15 secs after it’s plugged in, once it’s configured.
          This is NOT WEATHERPROOF but who wants to sit outside in the rain.

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  5. Darren Harlan

    I am trying to understand how these range extenders work and a lot of it is Greek to me. What I am simply looking for is a way to extend a strong signal to my barn (approx 150′ away.) I get one bar or no bars in the barn. Do these extenders need to be wired with network cables and/or power outlet? Where would I mount it outside?

    thanks in advance.

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  6. David

    Hello,

    Thanks, very educational video. What I am going to ask is that, where can I get a device as such you are using or perhaps one that which is better than it.

    I live in Toronto, Canada and I am in need to connect two homes which is approximately about 800 meters apart. Where can I purchase such? Would the Source have it?

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  7. Jason Brand

    Hi,looking for an external extender.Need something that will extend my wifi signal via satellite broadband from one house to another about 150mtrs away.

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    1. Jake

      TRy to use Tenda AH302. it can connect wifi 300 mtrs away from the source..

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  8. Nadim

    Good Day

    I own a Guest House business, I have two guest houses across the road from one another, I am currently using an ADSL line for internet which i provide to the guests free of charge, the Router is in the one guest house, I am looking for an extender/repeater which can send strong signal to the second guest house, the distance I plan to cover is about 350m to 500m, what is the best device to connect to my current router?

    Hoping to hear from wireless hack soon

    Kind Regards

    Nadim

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    1. will

      best chance is to use two 5Ghz units from tp link, once all is been setup it worked pretty well for me

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    2. Chris

      Please try Althai super wifi, it may reach about 1k for Line of sight and 500 meters for non Line of sight.

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  9. KIEREN SINCLAIR

    HI THERE CRIS I LIKE THE VIDEO IT LOOKS LIKE YOU NO WOT YOUR DOING. GREAT VIDEO

    I HAVE A PROBLEM MY SELF MY FRIEND.
    I HAVE RECENTLY BOUGHT A DASH CAM SYSTEM FOR MY CAR SO I CAN WATCH MY CAR FROM DISTANCE OF
    2 MILES. WHEN I BOUGHT THE BLACKVUE DR650S INCAR CAMERA’S I WAS TOLD THAT I COULD WATCH MY CAR ON A APP ON MY PHONE. BUT THATS NOT THE CASE AS THE WIFI SIGNAL ONLY REACH ABOUT 20 METERS.

    THE DASH CAM IS A WIFI GPS CAMERA COMES WITH A APP YOU DOWNLOAD TO A IPHONE OR ANDROID PHONE.
    ONLY WORKS 20 MTERS FROM THE HOUSE WERE THE CAR IS PARKED.MY CAR IS PARKED AT MY MOMS HOUSE ON THE DRIVE WITCH IS ABOUT 2 MILES AWAY FROM MY HOUSE I LIVE IN A BUILT UP AREA WITH TREES.

    HAVE YOU GOT ANY IDEAS FOR ME TO CONNECT MY WIFI TO MY CAR OR MY MOMS WIFI AND THEN TO THE CAR ON THE DRIVE BELOW? IF THERE WASNT ANY TREES IN THE WAY I COULD PROBERLY SEE MY MOMS HOUSE.

    PLEASE HELP ME SOLVE THIS PROBLEM IF YOU CAN CRIS.

    THANK YOU KIEREN

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  10. Mike D

    Thanks for the insightful and well-organized video. It was a huge help.

    Reply

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