Can I connect with Ethernet cable to a router in another building?

Bumferry May 19, 2012

My router is housed in another building (the reception/shop of my business). I currently connect via WiFi in my home (next door), which is fine for the most part.

I would like to have a router in my home, so I can connect my Sky Box and/or PC via Ethernet, but as there is no landline in the house, I am currently unable to do so.

Can anybody recommend a way – or the best way – to link my router from another building to my home in such a way that I could use the Ethernet?


  1. Kannon Y
    May 21, 2012 at 2:16 am

    If your router is wireless it should give you some kind of connectivity, even if you are next door (depending on how far away "next door" means). If it's so far that you no longer get reception, or it's poor quality, there are ways around this.

    If your router is DD-WRT compatible (Google it if you can), you can always install special software known as a "custom firmware". It basically gives you the ability to modify settings that normally you wouldn't have access to, like broadcast strength. Therefore, if you had issues with the signal at your shop, you would could (with the right router) install custom firmware and simply turn up your broadcast signal.


    However, that might be a little too technical. Another solution is to either purchase, or make your own, special antenna for your router:

    A high gain antenna basically directs the signal of the router in a particular direction, which has the effect of improving its broadcast range.,mod=12&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=high+gain+antenna+router#q=high+gain+antenna+router&hl=en&prmd=imvns&source=univ&tbm=shop&tbo=u&sa=X&ei=RaW5T_CBAcihiQLo4JzhBg&ved=0CKYBEK0E&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=554e6a351c0373f9&biw=1359&bih=925


    Good luck!

  2. Matt Smith
    May 20, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    A business I know was unable to get the Internet hooked up in time for a new location to open, so they borrowed Internet from a house 500 meters away. The cord ran through a yard, in the middle of winter, and it works.

    So just buy a big bundle of cord from somewhere that sells in bulk (i.e. not Best Buy) and good luck!

    May 20, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Hello, if your house is not far from your business and depending on the router, you could create a bridge between the two. Most of all, you would need an extra router that supports bridging and also the main router has to support it.

  4. Oron
    May 19, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Bumferry, I assume you want to connect to the _Internet_ rather than ethernet (which is network wiring).
    The answer depends a lot on physical issues, distance, access etc. You can run Ethernet wiring up to 100m (probably even a bit more), so this may be an option. WiFi would also be an option, and you can get wireless bridges which, with directional antennas, will give you excellent speed and reasonable security, but will obviously cost more than a bit of cable. Finally, if the two locations are on the same circuit of mains wiring, you can use HomePlug adaptors, which use the mains wiring as your "ethernet" (in this scenario you would need two adaptors).
    Hoep this helps.