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Ethernet & Wi-Fi for Garden Rooms and Offices

For an Ethernet or Wi-Fi connection to your garden room or garden office, the most secure and reliable method is to install an ethernet cable directly from your house to your outdoor building. 

In our opinion, hard-wiring is possibly the best option for any garden room/office if you require a reliable and fast internet connection which is future-proofed.

If you are going to run a new electricity supply to your garden room or office anyway, why not install a dedicated ethernet cable at the same time? Out of all the options available for getting a good signal to your new building, we believe this is the best option.

We always recommend an armoured ethernet cable for outdoor use as its more resistant to damage and is screened, so you get less interference.

Likewise, Cat 6 cable is better than Cat 5 if you want to future proof your download speeds etc.


You don't really need any technical expertise from an IT professional, its simply a case of routing a Cat5 or 6 cable from the house to the room and once this is done you can either:

- connect the ethernet cable in the garden room directly into any device that has an ethernet port (i.e. a PC or laptop) or:

- install an Ethernet socket outlet in the wall of the garden room (neater) and run an Ethernet link cable from the socket to your device (router for WiFi or direct to PC for hardwiring)

We can of course install the ethernet cabling for you if required, or you can DIY or get a local electrician to do it for you if you prefer.

If you want WiFi you will need a WiFi Router to connect all your devices. Like one of these:

You may find a little technical knowledge is needed when setting up the router and the complexity can depend on the model chosen and the clarity of the instructions supplied. 

Other Options

Powerline adaptor

Often regarded as the easiest way to get an internet feed to your garden room/office. These are relatively cheap devices and send the signal from your Router through the mains wiring in your house and down the mains power-line to your outdoor building.



Thats great in theory, but in our experience they often don't work. Its probably due to the fact that, although the mains cable is connected to your house mains, the ring circuit for your house sockets is separately fused and independent of the line to your garden room.

They probably would work if your garden room supply was taken directly from a socket on your house ring-main, but on the other hand, this is not the correct way to provide an electrical supply to your room, as it is placing extra load on the house circuit and is against regulations. We always install an independent electrical supply with its own RCD fuse to our buildings in order to comply with Part P of the Building Regulations. So, chances are, they won't work.

If however you want to try them, installation is easy. Simply plug one of the units into a nearby socket in your house and use the ethernet link cable supplied to connect it to your home WiFi hub. Then plug the second unit into a socket in your garden room and connect it to your PC or other device or your WiFi router.

The powerline adaptor lets a data signal travel through the electric wiring, but it’s still not a physical connection between your PC and your router, like an Ethernet cable is. 

Consequently, even if they do work, the speeds you’ll get using them are also dependent on the quality of your home’s electric wiring. This means that if you own an older property with old wiring circuits, you may still experience the occasional drop in latency or connectivity.

If you need to rely on crystal clear connection with minimum dropouts, particularly if you are running a business from your room, you absolutely must use a dedicated Ethernet cable.

WiFi Extender

Wi-Fi Range Extenders or Boosters are another cheap alternative and may be worth an initial look as their cost is not prohibitive and enables you to prove they work without expending too much cash.

However, please note that if the signal from your existing home installation is poor, these units will not improve it as they only EXTEND the range of your signal, they do not improve its overall quality. The older your home equipment is the worse the current signal is likely to be.

Trouble is that with our buildings being so well insulated with 'Foiled' foam, this acts as a screen to any airborne signal. So they possibly won't give you a very good reception or simply won't work at all. But again, as their cost start around £20, they may be worth a punt..


Point-to-point (PtP)

A Wi-Fi PtP (otherwise known as a Bridge Kit) is similar to a Wi-Fi extender, but is more sophisticated and typically more reliable. Installation is however a little more complex (and the main disadvantage of this method), requiring two units to be affixed to the exterior, one on your house and one on your garden office. 

You will require power sockets nearby to make these work, and some configuration may be required in order for the units to communicate correctly with each other, so a degree of IT knowledge may be advantageous. This video gives you an idea of whats involved:


The unit attached to your house is connected to the home network, which transmits the signal to the second device mounted on the garden building. It is essential that there is clear line of sight between the two units otherwise signal transmission will be poor or ineffective. Note that trees, shrubs or other obstructions are items which can interfere with the signal.

The real bonus to using PtP is that the range is considerably greater than that of a standard Wi-Fi repeater. This is a good option if your garden building is a long distance from your house and hard-wiring an ethernet cabling is not practical or too expensive.

Configuration can be difficult for the non-tech savvy although newer systems have the advantage of coming ready configured so you can get connected with minimum fuss.  A pair of point-to-point signal boosters can cost upwards of around £150. But remember – as with all such devices you do get what you pay for...

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Andrew and Heather - Ruthin, N.Wales

“We did an awful lot of research and found Rubicon online. We drove across to Deeside to have a look at their showroom, and all the different examples on display. We liked managing director John Lyon a lot and his approach gave us confidence to start the process. All in all, it took a couple of months from deciding that we would have a Garden Office until the team arrived on site as they were very busy and we needed to book a delivery slot well in advance. Then they were here for about three weeks for the installation which included drainage and water supplies for a toilet and mini kitchen. The team were lovely guys – no nonsense and very diligent, polite, hard-working people. Dave likes to cook a bit – mainly cakes and pastries – so he baked things for them, which always helps to keep the team happy..! We now have a beautiful extra Garden Office room, which Dave uses when he’s working at home. He has a 30 second walk to work in the morning, and it means we are no longer in the way of each other. I believe that the building is also a thing of great beauty and I would absolutely recommend Rubicon to anyone considering something similar.”

David and Rachel - Manchester

"We trawled through the internet and Rubicon sounded like the best bet for what we were after. We made an appointment and went down to the showroom on Deeside. There we met Managing Director John, spent time looking at the different examples on show and examining the products, and then had a good chat about what we needed. We never felt rushed or pressurised, and had time to think about what we wanted - his whole manner makes him such a good person to deal with. We felt that we were getting a good product. What Rubicon offered was perfect for what we wanted and, once we started the process with them, the work was done in just two to three weeks. The team turned up every day at the time John said they would, and were polite and very easy to get along with. Having them here working in the garden was no trouble at all and I would recommend Rubicon without a doubt - in fact some of the neighbours have already been round to see it and ask where we got it. I can say hand on heart that John and his the team from Rubicon were the nicest people we have ever had work for us."

Dennis and Val - Stockport

"Dear John, Thank you very much, all very professional from your company throughout the construction and installation. I cannot find anything, but if there is somewhere where I can place a review or recommendation on your web site I will be pleased to do so. Please just send me a link. As and when the garden, now under snow is complete, I will forward some photos, probably June the way the weather is. I have received a letter from Flintshire County Council asking for me to comment on your services. Just to let you know that I am returning it, highly recommending your company. All the very best to you and your company in the future. We are really pleased with our Garden Room and I would not hesitate in recommending you to any future customers. Just ask them to call me."

Mick and Barbara - Burnley

“I love my new garden room. Got to say this was one of the most enjoyable experiences of dealing with a company ive had for a long time. Finish is fab inside and out, its made such a difference, we use it all the time. Jake our son, won’t come out of there. Can’t thank John and his team enough of a great product at a great price….Thank you, etc etc.!”

Gill and Ben Henderson, Warrington

"We wanted to get a Garden Room that David could use as a separate office that was peaceful and quiet when he’s working from home. We liked what we saw at Rubicon’s showroom in Deeside straight away, and got on very well with the MD John Lyon – he immediately gave us the confidence that he would deliver what he promised, and he did. We took one of their standard Garden Offices and adapted it so that it would work for us, and nothing we suggested was a problem for Rubicon – they were really good to work with. They kept me posted all the time about what was going on, what stage they were at and who would be coming and what they would be doing the next day. They tidied up after themselves too, and really minimised any inconvenience. What was very important to me as well was that we had my elderly father staying with us at the time, he was 85, and they were so very respectful to him. Everyone from the young apprentice to the seasoned builders treated him brilliantly and talked to him about what they were doing every day while I was out at work. The Garden Office is lovely and warm as it’s fully heated, and so can be used all year round. I would most definitely recommend Rubicon Garden Rooms to anyone."

David and Kate - Frodsham

“Rubicon’s extension been fantastic, and it has really changed Ray’s life. It’s very warm and fully insulated, light and comfortable - it is easy to look after. We can get Ray in and out of bed and into his wheelchair much more easily, and it means that he has somewhere to go that’s his, for some quiet time. He loves sitting by the big window watching the birds and wildlife, or enjoying the views of the garden. The extension is very well made and went up quickly, and has changed our life. It means Ray has somewhere to sit, and we haven’t lost our lounge. When our three grandchildren come round, they love to go into his room and see him. I can’t thank Rubicon enough for the help their team have given us, they have been brilliant."

Ray and Josie - Mancot

“We had been looking for something to fill a big space at the bottom of our garden for some time and then Pat heard about a local Garden Room company through our friends at the golf club who had had one built for them. We went to have a look and were very impressed so contacted Rubicon for more details. I must admit that when we saw the showroom model we were so impressed that all logic went out of the window - we didn’t even consider the alternatives until after we had paid our deposit - not our normal way of doing things. But we needn’t have worried. I researched the internet and the price we had been quoted for what we had fitted represented excellent value for money. We could not be happier with our choice now and would like to thank Bill and Alan for doing such a great job - always smiling and nothing was too much trouble. We would highly recommend Rubicon Garden Rooms and are are actively passing on the message amongst family and friends. Good luck for the future”

Cliff and Pat Lovell, Llandudno

"Hi John, Just got back from a couple of days in London. I can confirm that invoice has arrived and has been paid. Many thanks for ALL your work. At our little garden party last Sunday all commented on the new Garden Studio - and one chap has examined it thoroughly (!!) and will contact you to arrange one for himself. All like the grey!! Hope you have a lovely Christmas, and hope we can keep in touch. Best wishes. PS Jan will send you photos with some plants in front!"

Stephen and Jan - Hawarden, Nr Chester

“This company may not be the biggest but they are surely the best. I drove my wife mad in my research for a building to run our business from after out-growing the spare bedroom I wanted something which could provide a distinct break between home live and work. To be frank there were not many companies within our locality, most of those i found were based down south and I wanted someone more local that I could put a face to ( and shout at if i needed!). A friend of mine had had some building work done recently and recommended I talk to them to see what they could do as he thought they also made garden offices. Best decision I ever made was to contact Rubicon the whole team are so professional and the product is fantastic. No complaints whatsoever apart from it did take a bit longer than I thought it would as they were very busy at the time. But the end result has been a triumph, exactly what I wanted at a competitive price and when i look at what i have saved by not renting an office it’s a no brainer…”

Phil Grayson, Northwich

"I saw Rubicon Garden Rooms online and wanted to find something that was nearby so that I could go and see what they were doing and talk to people face-to-face about it. I went along to the showroom in Deeside and I was very impressed with what I saw, and with the Managing Director John Lyon. I nearly ordered a conservatory but changed my mind at the last minute when I realised that one of these Garden Rooms would be nicer and much more use to me all year round. It was quite an investment so I took some time to think about it but eventually I decided to go for it and treat myself, as I was still working but also had my pension coming in. I went back for another chat and told them what I wanted and they just came and did it. They knocked down the old lean-to and started again and created this lovely room, leading on from my main living area. Rubicon Garden Rooms were just lovely to work with and did everything I asked. From the very beginning they gave me good advice and guidance and made it a really easy process throughout – I’d definitely recommend them to anybody else looking to extend their home simply and quickly."

Beryl - Talacre, N.Wales

"One of our disabled tenants required access to ground floor facilities, including a bedroom and bathroom. This need was urgent, so instead of a traditional build, which would be highly disruptive to the tenant, we approached Rubicon Garden Rooms who provided a high quality Garden Room attached to the property, which has the potential to be reused elsewhere in the future. We were delighted that Rubicon were able to quickly provide this essential modification to the property that met the council's rigorous standards for such work."

Cllr Helen Brown - Flintshire County Council

“We did quite a bit of research into companies that make them and chose Rubicon Garden Room as we thought a synthetic material would last better and we liked their range. Here in the Garden Room I can switch the laptop on and keep up with conference calls at any time, which is important as we have manufacturers in America and the Far East. Having this Rubicon room just gives us a bit extra space and lets me get away from the house when I need to. Their team were great, they cleared up after themselves every day and I couldn’t fault them at all. We’re very happy with what we’ve got, it’s a perfect, self-contained space with everything we need. and it makes a huge difference to my work-life balance.”

Nick and Paula - Halifax

"We had an office on a local business park, but being able to move into our own premises here has been a wise business move. We've got the perfect, self-contained space with everything we need. We can now open our French doors and have lunch on the patio in a lovely established garden, which is something most people would love. We did a lot of research and found that the prices were all very similar,” said Julian. “But what we liked about Rubicon was the fact that we could go and see their factory in Deeside and the examples they had on show. We also visited a few completed buildings and talked to the owners and we heard nothing but positive feedback so we decided to go with them. Most of the structure is prefabricated at Rubicon’s base and then they come and slot it together on site. They were great to work with – they were all very competent and everything I asked of John and his team, they delivered."

Julian and Kerry - Wirral

"Hi John, Hope you have enjoyed your weekend! Building is brilliant, we are extremely pleased with it, plaster is drying out nicely. I have sent over the last payment to your bank this evening.....On behalf of Clare & myself, I would like to thank You and the build team (Buster,Lee,Martin, Liam, Kurt & Dad), and not forgetting the window guys... for all your hard work and excellent eye to detail on our lovely pool room! Will let you know when everything is completed and you are welcome to visit with your Marketing PR person if you need any further photo’s. Look forward to meeting up for a cuppa soon :)"

Colin and Clare - Leicester

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