First of all, you should ask yourself whether you really need WiFi reception in the garden. If you are only interested in being able to use WhatsApp lying on the lawn, your mobile phone tariff will certainly suffice. But if you regularly sit outside with your laptop and want to work, the internet should also be reasonable. But then you almost always have to take money in hand to optimize your network.
Is internet in the garden or on the balcony a problem?
Your WiFi at home is usually set up so that it optimally supplies all of your rooms. If you still have problems here and there to get a reasonable signal, you will certainly find appropriate tips in this guide. But a garden is not part of your own four walls. Depending on how extensive your garden is, the range of your WLAN router is simply not enough to get your signal outside on the lawn.
With new-build apartments, even your own terrace or balcony can be a problem: Modern window panes are often specially treated so that the sunlight is not too strong. However, this coating does not allow radio signals to pass through. Then there are thick walls and reinforced concrete. Poor reception is almost the best thing that can happen to you. Often the WiFi connection doesn’t work at all.
In the coming paragraphs we will show you how you can get your internet signal out of the apartment to be online with a glass of wine in the evening sun.
Internet on balcony and terrace
Ideally, you have no problem receiving your normal WiFi network on the balcony or terrace. Maybe the WiFi range is just weak because the router or repeater are too far away. In this case, it can help if you move the location accordingly towards the patio or balcony door. If you are already using WiFi mesh repeaters, you can put a repeater into operation near your door and increase and strengthen the signal strength on the balcony. Many balconies and patios also have outdoor sockets.
But you should only operate normal WiFi repeaters there for as long as you are outside. Because those WiFi amplifiers that you know from AVM, for example, are not suitable for outdoor use. This means in particular that they are not designed for moisture in the rain or extreme outside temperatures. But if you only sit on the balcony for a few hours, that’s no problem – especially since you won’t be sitting there in the rain. An exception is an outdoor repeater from Netgear, for example. It fits into the manufacturer’s Orbi system. According to Netgear, it also works with other WLAN systems – but then probably without the mesh functions. Problem: The special device is comparatively expensive.
What to do if the windows block WiFi?
If you have the problem mentioned at the beginning of the coated panes, which hardly transmit radio waves, you will have poor WiFi reception as soon as you close the door. Then you have two options to still get the internet through the window. The simplest is the use of a cable. A regular network cable is not suitable for this. It is better to pass through the window of a network cable. You connect these with a LAN cable to your DSL connection or cable connection. You can then convert the LAN signal back into a WLAN signal on the outside. With AVM products, there is also the option of setting a mesh repeater in such a way that it does not amplify a captured WLAN signal, but hangs into the mesh network via a LAN connection.
The other way to get an Internet signal from the apartment outside is called Powerline. Of course, this variant also only works if you have an electrical outlet outside. Because Powerline transmits the Internet signal over the power line instead of a network cable and then converts it to WiFi. If you use AVM products, you can, for example, use the FritzPowerline 1220 E Set and send the network outside of your home.
The device fits into your mesh network. With the Magic series, devolo also offers a mesh system based on Powerline. Advantage: You can tap the data signal directly at the router and do not have to lay a LAN cable. Disadvantage with both devices: Again, they are not suitable for outdoor use. devolo also has a solution for the garden that is suitable for outdoor use. We will introduce them to you in the next paragraph.
WiFi in the garden
If you want to fully supply your garden as well as your terrace, then you have to put in a bit more effort and you can hardly avoid professional equipment. If you are looking for outdoor WiFi repeaters on Amazon, for example, you will be offered different WiFi transmitters – but be careful, these are not WiFi repeaters as you know them from your home network. The external antennas mentioned – for example from TP-Link – are suitable for outdoor use, but usually also need a signal via network cable in addition to power.
The antennas can only power your garden if you can put them outside and connect them to your router. However, they will not fit into your mesh network. That means your WiFi signal will break off when you go inside and out. In addition, in our experience, setting up these WLAN antennas is not as easy as conventional private customer devices.
Powerline outdoor WiFi hotspot
There are also real outdoor devices for private customers. For example, the company devolo offers an outdoor WiFi hotspot that connects to your home network via a power line. The basis is the Powerline technology. However, the outdoor hotspot works with a different standard than the Magic series, which we introduced to you in our paragraph on balconies and terraces. The systems are therefore not compatible with one another. The outdoor powerline adapter uses dLAN technology. The special thing: It is expressly suitable for outdoor use, so it can stand in the rain. If there is a shed in your garden where you have sockets, you can also think about using the Magic Powerline set. Or you can lay a network cable up to the shed and connect a mesh repeater here. If the distance between the apartment and the garden shed is not too large, you have a comprehensive WiFi network in the garden.
You should also consider the right frequency band for all types of WLAN supply in hard. The WLAN channel 1-13 in the 2.4 GHz range is often overloaded, but it has a much longer range. The WiFi signal strength is therefore available in a larger area in the garden than with the 5 GHz frequency band. However, a Wi-Fi access point often sends both signals anyway.
Internet in the allotment
Of course, the situation is completely different if your garden is not directly at your apartment, but is an allotment garden. Or are you a permanent camper with a small garden at the campsite? Then of course you cannot simply use your home internet connection. But even in the allotment garden, you hardly want to do without the Internet anymore. And the data volume of your own smartphone is not always sufficient to spend large parts of the summer there.
But there are alternatives that specifically address these users. These are, for example, home spots. These are special Internet accesses via mobile radio, which are converted directly into a WLAN signal by a special router. We have compiled the current offers for you on a separate page.
Alternatively, you can also use your cell phone to quickly and at least temporarily open a WiFi network. This process, known as tethering, is at the expense of your SIM card’s data volume.