This is my first post. I am running into a problem I would like to solve, if I could, that seems quite difficult.
I have a detached garage about 40-feet from the house in my backyard. It is not heated or air conditioned so in my climate, it can swing from -10 to 110 degrees outside. It is constructed of concrete block so that does act as a heat battery making it warmer than the outside in winter and it takes a while to get hot during the day. I can stick a thermometer in there to get an idea of my actual temperature swings.
I ran two Cat-5E wires and a RG-59 in a separate underground conduit from the power conduit.
My hub is in the bedroom closest to the garage on interior wall but, unfortunately, the signal does not reach into the garage between the exterior wall, large distance between the two buildings, and concrete block walls of the garage. I tried getting a door sensor to work and it only joined if the door was open. So, I know Zigbee and Z-Wave signals are going to be a problem.
My original thought was to get a second hub since Ethernet to the garage is not a problem but the specs say that it should be kept between 45 and 95 degrees, so that is not going to work on a hot July day or a cold January night. Now, granted, the garage does not get quite as cold as the outside and, I could install a gable vent and fan to pull hot air out of the garage but I am still at the mercy of the outside temperature. I might get close past the upper limit of the hub and I could probably put a small heater in there on really cold days to keep it above 50. I live in a humid down so misters would not help for cooling.
Obviously, I do not have any buildings or shelters between house and garage to stick a repeater. If I did it, I would have to make something because anything in the yard would be subject to running power to it and snow and rain and other weather conditions. I have a tree, so, putting it up near the tree is not impossible and would keep me from accidentally mowing it.
If I stuck a repeater on the exterior wall of the bedroom, that would only gain me about 10-feet. I do have an exterior, weatherproof outlet and cover on the back of my house. But, that means the repeater sees all temperatures. Not bad, but I would like to get one that has both Z-Wave and Zigbee.
If I could repeat both signals across the Cat-5 already run and if I have to do it over IP, I am fine with that.
Does anyone know of anything that might help me out with this tough problem? And for manufacturers, I cannot be the only person that has this kind of problem where repeaters over Cat-5e would be a product people buy. You can get them for running VGA and HDMI signals (you need 2 cat-5e/6 cables). There are over 20 garages on my side of the street, alone, and all want to keep the stuff we own in the garage.
Thank you all in advance