Wifi at pool area

frank411

Member
Mar 14, 2016
16
GA
Hello,

I wanted to know what other people are doing about spotty WiFi at their pool area. My pool is about 25 feet away from my back door and wifi coverage is spotty.

Is there a good way to do it without running an ethernet cable? Curious what other people are doing to handle this.
 

Rancho Cost-a-Lotta

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Apr 10, 2018
805
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
If you're able, try to move your router to a location closer to the pool area. If you're leasing the router, call your service provider and see if they have a better/updated router available. I went with a Google Mesh router system and have coverage throughout my property, but it's a bit pricey.
 

SpaceDog

Member
Oct 9, 2018
23
Cary, NC
I'll concur with Geebot on the ORBI products. I have a 3-unit ORBI network in the house and have no problem with wifi throughout the yard and pool area.
 

jimim

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Jun 20, 2016
2,445
NE/Pa
Really if u can’t run a hardwire to add an access point only options like other said is a mesh setup or an extender.
 

Steve_in_C

Bronze Supporter
Jul 6, 2017
344
Kinston, NC
I replaced my home access point with a Ubiquiti commercial type. With this I was able to get rid of all extenders and have WiFi 500 feet outside the house. It is not easy to set up so you will probably need some help. However once set up there have been zero problems. It's the strongest WiFI I have had and there is only once access point. Before I had to change over to extenders to get through the whole house. I used POE (power over ethernet) so that I would not have to 120V to the access point. This also involved me getting a small router with POE capabilities.

Amazon.com: Ubiquiti Unifi Ap-AC Long Range - Wireless Access Point - 802.11 B/A/G/n/AC (UAP-AC-LR-US): Gateway
 
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Jnet

Bronze Supporter
Mar 15, 2017
148
Chicago/Northwest, IL
+1 for a mesh. I'm using an Amplifi mesh to cover >3000 sq ft of living space and about 5k sq ft of pool deck, including 2 Chromecast audio streamers and a wifi connected equipment pad. Works great.
 

Dan-H

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May 28, 2011
173
No. CA
Have you run a wifi signal analyzer on your phone to see what you might be competing with ? There are free apps for apple and android.

I run a dedicated access point with wired ethernet backhaul for my backyard wifi. I run it on its own SSID, on a channel that my neighbors are not using and easily get 50 to 75 foot range on 2.4Ghz. This router is only Wireless N so I did not enable the 5Ghz antenna.

Mesh is cool, but a simple access point works well for me.

YMMV
 
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jimim

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Jun 20, 2016
2,445
NE/Pa
I replaced my home access point with a Ubiquiti commercial type. With this I was able to get rid of all extenders and have WiFi 500 feet outside the house. It is not easy to set up so you will probably need some help. However once set up there have been zero problems. It's the strongest WiFI I have had and there is only once access point. Before I had to change over to extenders to get through the whole house. I used POE (power over ethernet) so that I would not have to 120V to the access point. This also involved me getting a small router with POE capabilities.

Amazon.com: Ubiquiti Unifi Ap-AC Long Range - Wireless Access Point - 802.11 B/A/G/n/AC (UAP-AC-LR-US): Gateway
i agree with you here. i have started adding their products and by far the best I have used. this is my new access point for my pool house. has been perfect so far.
 

jimim

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Jun 20, 2016
2,445
NE/Pa
Have you run a wifi signal analyzer on your phone to see what you might be competing with ? There are free apps for apple and android.

I run a dedicated access point with wired ethernet backhaul for my backyard wifi. I run it on its on SSID, on a channel that my neighbors are not using and easily get 50 to 75 foot range on 2.4Ghz. This router is only Wireless N so I did not enable the 5Ghz antenna.

Mesh is cool, but a simple access point works well for me.

YMMV
i personally like dedicated access points over mesh also. speed is much better, at least in my home.

TMMV
 

s_dubb

Well-known member
May 24, 2019
75
South West, Arizona
I replaced my home access point with a Ubiquiti commercial type. With this I was able to get rid of all extenders and have WiFi 500 feet outside the house. It is not easy to set up so you will probably need some help. However once set up there have been zero problems. It's the strongest WiFI I have had and there is only once access point. Before I had to change over to extenders to get through the whole house. I used POE (power over ethernet) so that I would not have to 120V to the access point. This also involved me getting a small router with POE capabilities.

Amazon.com: Ubiquiti Unifi Ap-AC Long Range - Wireless Access Point - 802.11 B/A/G/n/AC (UAP-AC-LR-US): Gateway
Yes, yes, yes to all of this. I have used this equipment for a few people and it’s great. If you are somewhat proficient with networking it will help. If you get stuck they have a forum to help you out.
 

mojo1980

Gold Supporter
Feb 1, 2019
117
houston
We have Ubiquiti products throughout our home and by our pool and never have inadequate WiFi signal. My husband works in IT so maybe we are spoiled! 😂
I use this to and the new unify Ap hd is waterproof and we use that they make some other plastic WiFi but I like the high density anyhow any of it will give good results. WiFi extenders cut signal in half and are bad bad idea I love this. I use to run Meraki but nfr licenses I can only get a few times a year
 

rajung

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Mar 17, 2015
463
Cedar Falls, Iowa
I replaced my Netgear nighthawk router and and range extender in place for a Netgear Orbi router and 3 satellites, I now have strong WIFI to front curb and back lot line.
225 linear feat- 22,000 Sq Ft.
Check Amazon for factory Auth. Refurb, almost half the cost of new and every bit as clean and complete.
 
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