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I need to get broadband in my outhouse or shed!

You walk through the back door to soak up the sweet sunshine of the great British summer (when it's not raining) and find that your Wi-Fi connection disappears just as you sit down in your outhouse. Not ideal!

There's a few solutions to this problem including digging up your garden to place an ethernet cable or purchasing a cheap Wi-Fi extender (which probably won't reach).

At Wifigear have a 'proper' wireless solution for you at a reasonable price.

This is the product we feel is best for the job: LigoWave DLB 5-15n Outdoor Wireless Device, Also comes as a full kit

Linking the Outhouse or Shed Office

Data connectivity is just 1s and 0s. Just like the copper cable carrying that message of 1s and 0s as electron signals or the fiber optic cable carrying it with light, we can send 1s and 0s over the air using radio waves. It's a little more complex than that but the diagram below explains the basic concept.

Below is a diagram to help explain the concept of a wireless bridge (what we are trying to achieve!)

Radio links require direct line of sight to work properly, read below to find out why.

Check for walls and foliage as this will affect your link.

As you can see, the device itself is attached to the outer wall of each building and directed at the other device. This is how we would position the units once they're set up and wired in. The devices will 'talk' to each other using a RF radio frequency, which is just a sine wave through the air. The processors in each device will encrypt, transmit then recieve and decrypt your data as it moves within the radio wave across the air.

the DLB 5-15 emits quite a wide RF radio wave pattern (like a wide beam flashlight). It should be quite easy to align the units so that they are receiving the data from each other.

Another point to to note is lots of devices in today's current climate use radio waves. You might want to do a little survey using apps on your phone (make sure it has 5GHz) before installation to check for noise.

The 5-15 does produce quite a powerful radio transmission so there's a good chance that it will cut through most noise in the area.

Installation and Setup

Today we're going to go through a full setup of a Ligowave 5-15 product for a Point to Point link!

Ligowave Units are extremely user friendly to set up in a simple Point to Point configuration and can be linked to any other device that has an ethernet port.

You'll ideally need a laptop with an ethernet port and an understanding of what an IP address is.

Step 1 (Setting up the 'access point')

Logging In

First you'll need to connect your laptop to the device using an ethernet port and cable, then access it by typing: 192.168.2.66 (this is the default for most Ligowave devices)

Then you'll need to log in. Ligowave devices are shipped with default values for username: admin and password: admin01. It is recommended you change these values.

You'll have one 'Station' and one 'Access Point'. It is recommended that you set up the 'Access Point' radio to connect to the 'router side' or data input from your Internet Service Provider.

Initial Setup

You'll see a screen like below when you click on settings and then network configuration.

You'll want to set the network mode as 'Bridge', the IP method as 'static'.

Your IP address is the address you assign to your radio. Set this IP to 192.168.2.66 and later we'll set the access point (other radio) to 192.168.2.67.

This will allow your radios to recognise each other on the network and talk to each other.

Subnet Mask: 99.9% of the time, your mask will be fine as 255.255.255.0. All this does is set the 'range' of IPs for the radio to operate within. This is done using binary. You won't have problems with this unless you have a large network.

Check the default gateway for your IPv4 address on your laptop when connecting with the router directly and then copy this in. Most of the time it is 192.169.2.1.

Step 2

iPoll, Mode and Channel

These settings are quite simple. Under wireless configuration, set the Operating Mode to 'Access point iPoll2'. This will be the radio that we situate on the outhouse or shed (or 'recieving' building).

Set the channel to Auto/40MHz and leave other settings default.

Step 4

Click on the little orange cog at the bottom of the wireless configuration.

Step 5

SSID and Security

Here is where you set your SSID or the 'name' of the device. We'll just call it LigoDLB.

The security settings here, we'll set to WPA2 Personal, this protocol is very secure for everyday use. Enter the passphrase you plan on using for both radios.


Second Radio


Step 6 (Setting up the 'station')

Now we can configure the second radio or 'station' radio.

Just as before plug it in via ethernet, set up the radio with the same values as the previous radio, but this time we'll change the IP address to 192.168.2.67!

Step 7

iPoll Config on the 'station' radio

Select 'Station iPoll 2' as the config for this radio, as it's the one we'll be connecting to our home router or ISP data input.

Step 8

Again, click on the orange cog to get into the wireless station settings.

Step 9

Set your SSID to LigoDLB, then use the same passphrase as before. This way the two radios can talk to each other.

Step 10

Change your logins

As mentioned before, it is essential to change your logins so that others cannot log in using the default details.

Step 11

Change your admin account name and password to something more secure.

Step 12

Align your station and access point in situe and check for link connection via the information tab.

Step 13

More detailed information can be displayed by checking connected peers in the Status | Wireless page.

Step 14

The status of the Station iPoll 2 must be displayed as Connected and progress bars indicating the quality of the connection must be displayed: