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Below is the complete answer to ‘ How to get Wifi in your Garden ‘ or ‘how to get internet in your garden’. Indeed, there is a lot to take in. if you don’t need all the backgrounds and the technical information, use the table of contents below and click on installation. Enough intro, let’s get into how to install wifi in your garden.
Table of Contents
Case study of one installation
Each person’s needs and wifi solutions are of course, different. But In this instance, the best way to get wifi in your garden was with a TP-Link N300 Wireless Outdoor Access Point. Indeed, they are extremely easy to set up using your web browser. Just create a new login for the access point and choose your wireless network name and password for it and away you go!
There is a video for it all below which I made about how to do it. It really is spectacularly easy to get wifi in your garden, to be sure. I will also do a written guide below the how to install wifi in your garden video
How to get wi-fi in your garden Youtube video
Unpack the box and make sure everything is there. You should have fixing plate, screws and ancillaries, 2 aerials, a POE injector white box, power lead for it, and the white Access point itself. Indeed, everything should be there.
Set up the hardware temporarily indoors
It runs from ethernet so before running an ethernet cable outside and putting it all in position, I recommend setting it up indoors at first. That way if you don’t get it right first time, being in the same room helps you plug everything in again. Also when it is working correctly, you may want to move it around the garden to see the best spot for it.
Setting up the TP-link EAP 110 outdoor software
There are 2 ways to do this, via an app (of course!) or using your web browser. I already have too many useless apps on my phone so I opted for the web browser option. Realistically, once your garden wifi is up and running, how often will you need to change it? With this in mind, open your web browser and in the address bar type http://tplinkeap.net and press enter or return. that will take you to the login page of the device.
The default username and password are, imaginatively, admin and admin. Yes, that is insecure but on the next page, it gets you to change them. Set up your ‘account’ and by account, they mean the details you use to log in to the device instead of using admin and admin.
On the next page choose your SSID – the network name and then choose the password needed to join the network.
That’s it. The router will then apply the settings and it will be up and running. There are lots of other pages in the web interface but the average person and the average wifi in the garden set-up does not need them. Also, if you are a bit sad like me, make multiple SSIDS. Anyway, now is the time to move it around the garden to see where you get the best signal.
Now is the time to set up the hardware for wifi outside in your garden. Firstly, the below diagram is from the downloadable set-up instructions. They are good and are very easy to follow. Search google for 91ZLJsQylPS.pdf to go straight to them
Secondly, the 1 fixed part of the setup is the POE injector is that you need to have an ethernet cable from the router to the POE and from The POE to the EAP 110, as illustrated below. The non-fixed part is the length of the required ethernet cables.
Thirdly, this bit is very much an individual circumstance thing. You could temporarily run an ethernet cable through the house, out the window and into the EAP 110. If it works from just being outside the house and covers the garden sufficiently then all is well and good. You could use powerline adapters to save the cable running through the house but at some point, the ethernet cable needs to go outside. Work out where the signal is best and get an outdoor ethernet cable the correct length.
You may have to run a longer cable through the wall and out into the garden, maybe halfway down the garden, and see if the device will have the required coverage to bathe your garden in glorious wifi! However, the EAP 110 outdoor seems to have a good range, in my real-world tests, if your garden is less than 100 metres, you could just fix the EAP to the outside of your house and it should have the range to cover the whole lot. But, as I say, experiment!
If it helps, you can download an app on android called wifi analyzer. It shows you the strength of wifi signals and can be a great help working out where to place your EAP 110.
Once you know where all the hardware is going, you can start screwing it in place. Using the fixing plate, secure the 110 to the wall and job done, you have just installed garden internet!
It all depends on how big your garden is and whether there are trees or structures in the way. The 2.4 GHz signal can be interrupted and blocked by some things so you may need to move it around a bit for best results. If you want to know why and are currently screaming at your screen that I should have used 5 GHz, check out the science below
The science behind it all.
Frequency and Speed
It was decided that a 2.4 GHz access point was better in this situation. 2.4ghz has more range than 5 ghz but does not get as much speed. However, that is relative. As an example, it is said that the minimum speed you need to stream in standard definition is at least 1.5 Mbps on the BBC IPlayer and 3 Mbps for Netflix. For HD quality, minimum speeds are said to be 2.8 Mbps for IPlayer and 5Mbps for Netflix. So rounding up for safety sake, let us say we need 6 Mbps for TV.
That, therefore, was the absolute minimum we needed in the whole of the garden.
Difference between 2.4ghz and 5ghz
Speedtest for 2.4 ghz on a Samsung Flip3 phone
Speedtest for 5 ghz on a Samsung Flip3 phone
The above tests were carried out at 3 metres from the router under ideal conditions using 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. Also, as you can see by the above speedtest 2.4ghz can carry more than enough. While getting the best possible download speed is good, it really does depend on what you are using it for as to whether it’s worth paying extra for a 5ghz access point.
Wifi does have its limits and the most reliable option is to plug into an ethernet cable. The pros of an ethernet cable are – very little speed loss, even on longer runs. Also, it is relatively cheap to buy a cable. It must be outdoor cable so it doesn’t split or crack in the weather. The cons – it’s a cable. Also, you cannot plug your phone into it.
Moving router position
Moving the router position may help if you have a small garden. If your router is at the front of the house, it may be that moving it to the back of the house may help.
Additional Wireless access point with home plugs
Using powerline home plugs and an additional access point is a possible solution if you have a small to medium size garden. This is the current solution at the property but as the garden is quite large, it has required 2 access points, one at the top of the garden and one at the bottom of the garden in the shed. This is sub-optimal as devices disconnect and reconnect at the halfway point in the garden.
Why wifi extenders are not the best.
Using powerline home plugs and an additional access point is a possible solution and certainly better than Wifi extenders. Wifi extenders can extend the range, but not the speed. The further you move away from your router, the slower your wifi speed will be. People buy them cheaply and expect them just to make everything work. Yeah, it doesn’t work like that. They can be good in certain situations but they do have severe limitations.
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How to Change the Start Button Position in Windows 11
The Start button is now in the centre! This is how to Change the Start Button Position in Windows 11 if you don’t like it. The big thing you will notice when starting windows 11 is that the start button has migrated to the centre of the taskbar. Indeed, Windows 11 seems to be quite good at first glance but the change of position of the start button might be a deal-breaker for some. The start button has been in the same position for nearly 30 years and, likewise, people don’t like change. So what if I don’t like its new position? This is easily changed…
Firstly, right-click on a blank bit of the taskbar
Secondly, left-click the ‘Taskbar Settings’ that appears
Thirdly, in the Personalisation Taskbar box that appears go to Taskbar behaviours at the bottom
Click on the box and, then, the first option is Taskbar alignment
You can choose between the centre and left
It’s as simple as that. However, If learning by watching is your method you are in luck. I have created a little video on Youtube. Indeed, below on changing the Start Button Position in Windows 11.
As you can see there is nothing to it. Windows 11 seems to be not so much of a new upgrade, it is more like a rearranging of the furniture. It has a few new bits and, of course, with more features to come. But mainly it works in the same way as previous versions of Windows. It just has a new look to get used to. And generally, human beings don’t like change! But personally, I like it!
Not sure about Windows 11? Of course, It is a bit different. But not that much. Most things, indeed, work the same way. My only wish would be to have kept the right-click menu the same as Windows 10. but alas, now we have little pictures and to get to rename, you have to click on ‘show more options’. A minor gripe to be sure. At the time of writing, I have been using windows 11 for a little over a month and I’ve not managed to break it! Yet!
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Okay, first look at Windows 11. I am always what is classed as an early adopter of technology and new things. Personally, I like discovering new things and playing about with new stuff. I think that why I use windows, it has the ability to more than say, a Mac. Don’t get me wrong, Macs are good at what they do, they just don’t do enough for ME. Anyhow, back to the first look at Windows 11.
The big difference is the start button in the middle of the task bar. It still works the same as before but just has a slightly different look. Your most commonly used apps are displayed there. Access it by clicking on it or by hitting the ‘Windows + S’ keys together.
If you click on the ‘all apps’ at the top, this below appears. An alphabetical list of all the apps (programs) appear. So pretty much works the same as before, just a different look. And with this particular release of Windows 11 that can be it’s mantra ‘works the same as before, just a different look’
I say this particular release because all of the features have not been rolled out yet. Such as the running Android apps in Windows 11. We won’t see this feature until 2022 probably.
Windows 11 search box
The search box is still next to the start button but a feature I like is that when you hover over it it shows the last searches you performed. It saves having to type it in again. Computers are supposed to save you time!
Windows 11 folders look
The folder icons as you can see below have been jazed up a bit. Microsoft, like lots of people, go with fashions, and I think they are coming out of there ‘minimalist’ phase. So, we have little pictures on the folders and some colouring in of the Icons. Does it make a difference to the using of the machine? No, but it is a visual difference and some will like it and others hate it.
Widgets in Windows 11
By pressing Windows + W on the keyboard you can get the widgets box up. This isn’t Microsofts first attempt at sidebars and widgets. There is a weather app that is useful but an awful lot of click bait. To customise it, click on your account picture which brings up an additional box where you can customise the things that appear there.
Also you can also customise your interests. This takes you to a web page, below, where you can mark interests. I personally hope they expand the interests because there is not much for me here! But hey, I can’t see myself using this feature much.
When it’s all said and done Windows 11 is a free upgrade if you are running windows 10 and your hardware supports it. Check here for more info on that.
First look at Windows 11 – Conclusions
Yeah, it’s going to be a wait and see as all Microsoft releases are. For the average home user, I’d say give it a year for others to iron out the bugs…
The Compatibility Tool For Windows 11 is finally back. If you have been reading these posts in order you will know that when I posted here on the 14th of September the Compatibility Tool For Windows 11 had been removed because it was unreliable. The Compatibility Tool For Windows 11 is now back on Microsoft’s page here. Let’s walk you through it…
Click on the banner on the page above (it’s at the bottom of that Microsoft page) to initiate the download. Once it has downloaded, run the program and you are faced with the screen below
All you have to do is click on the check now button underneath the words ‘Introducing Windows 11’. There is no need to sign in with Microsoft as it suggests. You’ll only get that message if you are running a local account on your computer and not one where you have to sign in with your Microsoft username and password. Click the check now button and your results will be displayed after a short pause.
Compatibility Tool For Windows 11 – Results
As you can see, the PC I’m writing this on isn’t compatible with several things. The secure boot on this PC I have turned off but it would be easy to turn it back on again in the bios. The TPM is the thing I don’t have. For a full explanation of the TPM see my earlier post about it here. Also, the processor isn’t new enough. The latest processors are 11th generation, mine is only generation 3 (almost antique in computer terms). If you click on the ‘see all results’ button it will show you what is right with your computer in Windows 11 eyes. The initial results only show you what is wrong.
Compatibility Tool For Windows 11 – Different Opinions
As an aside, I had a chat with an employee at Currys/PC World today about this. The first chap I spoke to couldn’t tell me if the laptop I was looking at had a TPM in it! All the display machines can’t run the ‘TPM.MSC@ command to check as you need administrator rights to run it. The second chap was under the impression that on the day of release the requirements for running Windows 11 will be magically dropped to allow it to run on PCs that don’t meet these requirements. I am extremely dubious of this, to say the least… Anyway back to the Compatibility Tool For Windows 11
What is right about the PC – Compatibility Tool For Windows 11
This tells you the minimum specs – at least 4GB of RAM, well, no problem there. At least 64GB of disk space. Personally, I’d want at least 128GB just to run windows and deal with all the future updates. I see many disappointed people who have bought laptops with 32GB of storage that struggles to have enough room to run Windows 10!
If you are going to buy a new PC to run Windows 11, make sure it has enough disk space or at least the option to have more storage added. There is a range of cheap laptops out there with ‘eMMC’ storage. The E stands for embedded, it is soldered directly onto the motherboard and more often than not cannot be upgraded. Some of the cheap windows 10 laptops only have 32GB eMMC storage so will not run windows 11.
Clicking on the last box ‘ Device Specifications’ is nothing to get excited about, it just takes you to the notice below.
But, when you run it on a compatible machine, you get this.
So there you have it, the Compatibility Tool For Windows 11 is now been released. As I write this on the 3rd of October 2021 with the Windows 11 release only 2 days away. I wonder how it will go for Microsoft. If they follow the usual pattern of releases, in my humble opinion it’ll be a duffer. I hope I’m wrong as running native Android phone apps on my PC is something I’d like, but we’ll have to wait and see. If you are an early adopter you’ll go for it anyway. But, I think most of my customers will be like the chap I was talking to the other day ‘I’ll give it a year and let other people iron out all the bugs’ wise words methinks…
How to NOT give away your personal data on Social media
A quick pointer on how to NOT give away your personal data on Social media. I’m going to focus on a specific way I mainly see on Facebook as well as other platforms. However, I shall primarily use Facebook as an example. And I’m not for one moment saying these pages are harvesting your data, but they are a goldmine for those who want to.
The first picture is fairly self-explanatory of course, answer and you have just given away your age! The second one, however, is slightly more obscure, it is fishing for your security question information. Indeed, your first job is a security question on some websites. The last in blue is essentially how long you have been married.
Ok, this seems incredibly paranoid and you might be thinking who would trawl through this website and pick out this information about you? It’s not created by some kids in a basement somewhere, these and even worse quizzes can be created by big criminal networks to harvest your data!
The last one is slightly more obscure but people tend to tag their siblings in the reply, thus giving away more information about you and your family! You are being socially engineered to give your information away.
A quick note on Passwords
Passwords can be the bane of modern life and the original instructions were to never write them down. That has changed, however. It is OK to write them down as long as you don’t keep the book or paper next to the computer. Or worse still, have them on post-it notes attached to the computer. I keep mine all in a book which I update regularly when one changes. I keep the book tucked away in a draw, nowhere near a computer. For more information see Computer Passwords and being safe online.
How to NOT give away your personal data on Social media – the why…
As you can see, if you are not aware, it is extremely easy to give away your personal data. I mentioned the full-on Facebook quizzes earlier- they are even worse! The full-blown quizzes manipulate you by the desire to feel included and make you feel unique or special in some way. Once you have clicked on the quiz the developer/maker of the quiz can gain access to your public profile data, friends list and email address and maybe more.
Once you have taken the quiz you are encouraged to share your result by posting it. Obviously, you’ve passed the quiz and they say something nice about you – they show you an insight into your character you find amusing or desirable. Of course, if the quiz result was something nasty about you you wouldn’t share it, so by saying something nice you are more likely to share the result on your timeline. Now your friends can see, thus advertising their quiz and enabling more personal data harvesting. So the best answer to these problems is not to take quizzes or answer questions, even if it is just to find out what your name means!
How to NOT give away your personal data on Social media – Conclusions
If you do want to find out what your name means, you can do it without taking a quiz! just use google or a search engine of your choice…
So, we have a date, the Windows 11 Release Date is October 5th 2021. For other bits of windows 11 I have covered, see Windows 11 and Windows 11 news so far. Microsoft still seems to be looking at the TPM ( mentioned in Windows 11 news so far ). But the news is it will be a free update on compatible devices. But with the Microsoft compatibility checker not working at the time of writing, it’s a bit difficult to know if your machine will be compatible.
That said, early adopters will go for it as soon as they can but if you are not desperate, I’d say hang fire for a while and let other people work out the bugs first.
The video below, from the Microsoft youtube channel, doesn’t really tell us much. As will all advertising these days, it’s heavy on selling you a lifestyle but for specifics of Windows 11, you’ll have to dig a bit deeper.
I’ve added a link below to the 2021 Microsoft Windows event. It’s 44 minutes long and it’s a heavy sell. I’ve been around in computing for a while now and while all new windows operating systems are released with heavy fanfare, but only time will tell if they are any good. Obviously, some people are resistant to change. Some, of course, embrace change. But there have been notable successes and some notable duffers. Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 10 have proved very popular. Indeed, Windows Vista and Windows 8 were not universally loved to say the least.
Windows 11 Release Date – Will it be any good?
Will Windows 11 be any good? Really, the only way is to try it. Some will love it and some will hate it. Some won’t change because their brother’s aunties dog tried it and didn’t like it. But ultimately, it is what works for you and what you find comfortable to work with.
A few bits of news scoured from around the web about Windows 11 – News So Far. This follows on from my original article about Windows 11
Well, there used to be a download from Microsoft, called the Windows 11 compatibility tool. Microsoft launched the tool to help see if your PC was compatible with Windows 11 but they have since pulled it from use after complaints that it was inaccurate. They are promising a new tool and it should be available here when it comes.
Windows 11 and TPM
Some older PCs will not be able to run windows 11. This one I’m typing on will not be able to run it due to not having a TPM chip (Trusted Platform Module 2.0). Yeah, what’s that? I didn’t know either so I looked it up. The TPM chip, it turns out, is a good thing to have! It stores login information that is, allegedly, impossible to hack. Checking to see if you have this is not straightforward.
Press the Windows and R keys together
This brings up this box below,
Type in the box tpm.msc
Then press ok.
Another box will appear
TPM is not found?
This is the box you will get if you have no TPM chip or the TPM is not found. Confusingly, this is also the box you will get if you have the TPM turned off in the BIOS. To check this you need to restart your PC and get into the UEFI BIOS settings. This process is different on every PC so refer to your documentation or the manufacturer’s website.. Common ways to get into it are pressing F2 or Del key when the computer starts up. Look through all the settings in the bios to see whether there is a reference to TPM or Trusted Platform Support and enable it.
There, told you it wasn’t straightforward.
If you do have one, you’ll get this box;
If you get this box it is one of the signs that Windows 11 can run on your PC but until Microsoft release their tool again, you won’t know if you can run the rest. Keep Checking the Windows 11 website for when it is released again. You can click on the picture below which will take you to the website.
Windows 11 (and what we know so far) is of course, subject to change, but this is what Microsoft has said so far. It will available around Christmas 2021. You will be able to upgrade for free, from Windows 10.
The full-page where these pictures are from can be found at the Microsoft site, here New Windows 11 OS | Microsoft. Of course, Microsoft are telling you on this page how wonderful it is. Of course, they are the ones trying to hawk it! But the free upgrade may appeal to some. I have heard that Windows 10 will no longer be supported from 2025 which fits in line with other operating system timelines.
Personally, I am a little disappointed Microsoft were not able to hold to the detail they mentioned when Windows 10 came out – they said it would be the last operating system they release and they would just release updates for it.
How good will Windows 11 be?
Only time will tell. Microsoft in the past have tended to release a good operating system, then a duff one in my opinion. Windows 98, good, Windows 2000? A bit of a duffer. The Same with Windows XP, good, then they followed it up with Vista. The same with Windows 7! Good, and then Windows 8 was released… Will 11 follow the same pattern?
Should I change?
The industry tends to wait a year before even considering an upgrade. I’ll have it from the word go but I’ll still be running windows 10 on my workshop computers as it’s proved itself to be reliable. As human beings, the older we get the less we like change. Many people will be resistant to it because it is different
The minimum system requirements are below, but if you only just meet the requirements, consider upgrading your hardware as it will probably run like a dog on some older machines out there. I consider an I3 or equivalent, 8GB RAM and an SSD to be minimum requirements for windows 10, so we can probably think along those lines.
Of course, everything I’ve said above can be taken with a pinch of salt. Until it is released, we won’t know what we are getting!