ZWave Extension - ~150'

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?

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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.

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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 :wink:

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).