There is a company who has a Cellphone tower in the back lot, about 300 ft from the building. The Wifi(n signal) network is inside the building about 20 ft from the side door, and with a cellphone they can not keep the Wifi signal more then 10ft outside that side door.

What is the cell phone tower doing to the Wifi Signal? They want to install Wifi Cameras to watch a gas tank and some other equipment.

Would installing an outdoor range extender even help with this, or would the cellphone tower keep it contained to a small area?

Is there anywhere to read on cell phones and the effect on Wifi signals?

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Wifi and cellular telephones use two completely different frequency bands, so your problem has nothing to do with the cell tower. An outdoor antenna and/or a more powerful access point will help your coverage outside.

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    Thinking it might be because the building it all metal then? There is a creek next to it as well on the other side.
    – juanvan
    Dec 23, 2014 at 16:56
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    A metal building would certainly be a factor. All the more reason to use external antennas placed outside. The tower, creek, etc. are too far away to have much effect.
    – Ron Trunk
    Dec 23, 2014 at 16:58
  • Would also suggest adding an external access point in a weatherproof enclosure, if cost allows. In this case, considering the metal building, I'd suggest running a network cable to the device rather than trying to wifi mesh it.
    – Smithers
    Jan 22, 2015 at 21:12
  • It was found, besides being a metal barn, there is a creek under the entire plot of land. Wifi is out of the question for them.
    – juanvan
    Jan 23, 2015 at 3:09

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