Looking to extend out of the house, have a mesh network that covers everything internally but now I have a shed and dock that are about 150’ away from the back of the house with no power or outlets in between.
Only extender I am finding is Aeotec Range Extender 6 which doesn’t appear to create a strong enough repeater from other posts.
I was thinking about using a powered 900Mhz repeater antenna, anyone have any experience (good or bad) with that solution or am I over-complicating this?
I am also interested in knowing this, mine however is no clear line of sight, like my garage is on the side of my building, theres at least 2 units in between my apt and my garage.
So if you do manage to find a solution, ill be glad to hear about it
150’ should be doable with Z wave plus (not older Z wave) devices if it’s clear line of sight on a clear day. Rain or snow could be a problem, though.
Z wave is intended as a low-power unlicensed protocol. You may be in legal violation if you try to pump up the signal strength without a specific license to do so.
If you haven’t already, you might take a look at the how to in the community – created wiki on automating an outbuilding and see if it gives you any more ideas.
Well, I ended up buying the Aeotec Range Extender 6 and it provided no extension of the network at all compared to any of the other devices and it couldn’t reach. I am looking at solutions like an additional hub instead since I am not finding much for range extension/repeaters.
Well the good ol’ boy hacker in me says to go buy an outdoor extension cord or two or how ever many you need and then buy a couple of the GE or other brand outdoor outlets and plug one outlet into the house and run the cord out then plug in another z-wave outlet and repeat as needed. But that’s the the redneck in me talking now
If you want to be all fancy you could probably bury the lines (use conduit if you’re fancy) or string them through trees (and hang lights if you’re fancy).