acess range and how to improve it?

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Hi, I'm new to weather station, I'm a farmer  and I'd like to use the Acess and its sensors as a way to monitor my grenhouses and cold room. I am planning to install 5 sensor around my property and set alarms if for example the greenhouse is overheating or too cold. 

I was wondering how far I can put the sensor from the Acess? Too bad it is not wireless...Is there any way to improve signal? diferent height? does wall affect it?I guess I could run a long lan cable if I need to...
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Cass,

AcuRite specifies a range of 330 feet best case from sensor to Access. Depending on surroudings and conditions, you may achieve that, or perhaps less if there is a lot of stuff in the path.
Here are some resources AcuRite provides on the topic of signal range:
https://www.acurite.com/learn/install...

If your greenhouses are closely clustered but far from where you wish to place Access, a range extender somewhere midway may be a viable option. Access should be far enough from the sensors so that it cannot hear them directly, but hears them only through the extender.
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Thank for the reply, I noticed it says Not compatible with the AcuRite Access on acurite website... Would it be a good idea to install a long lan cable and set the acess outside (protected from the rain!)
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Cass,


The range extender is also said to be incompatible with the smartHUB, but if you scan the forum, you will see AcuRite staff recommending it under restricted conditions like I have described.

I would not recommend using Access in an outdoor situation.
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ok, thank you!
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Cass,

Here's another thing you might consider. If you run line power to your greenhouses, Ethernet-over-Poweline adapters may be just the ticket. You would install one in your home and wire it to your router. A second unit would plug into an electrical outlet in a greenhouse, and would provide an Ethernet port for Access. The wiring from house to greenhouse would serve as a conduit for Ethernet signals. I have successfully sent Ethernet down 250 feet of buried wire. Amazing that it worked.
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