Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: State Capitol Raceway, Louisiana
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Best enclosure for WiFi repeater
I have adequate-to-good WiFi signal all around my yard except for a huge dead spot behind my metal building. I like having the full-property signal coverage so I can stream Pandora on my phone while I'm mowing, but I'm forced to listen to the mower until I'm back out from behind the shop. I have a repeater (Cisco RE1000) at my disposal, and the router in my shop is a Linksys EA6200, if that makes any difference.
I'm thinking of mounting the repeater in a weathertight enclosure on the eave of the building. Neither of these devices have external antennas, otherwise I'd just run a long cable from the router and mount an antenna outside. What material would have the least impact on signal strength? I'm sure a plastic of some sort is best. Should I use acrylic, ABS, HDPE, or something else?
Or, can you guys suggest a better option? Would it be better to skip the repeater and connect my old trusty WRT54G to a port on the EA and mount it outside? I know the WRT is only Wireless-G, but it would serve the purpose. The WRT has two non-removeable antennas, and I'm thinking I could let them protrude through the enclosure and silicone around them.