If you are planning to work from a garden office chances are you’ll will want to have access to the outside world, luckily its relatively easy to connect your new office space to your home communication systems.
Most of the dedicated garden office designs include data cabling systems as standard which allow you to just plug in and start work, other garden room designs normally offer these systems as optional extras.
A wireless network
Our homes are fast becoming wireless networks, and some garden office suppliers don’t offer hard wired networks in their specifications advising that you can connect to your wireless home network, and in some cases this is perfectly possible.
The problem is that in many cases a garden office is sited quite a way from the main house, in addition the walls of a garden office are so highly insulated that the signal can be interrupted and weakened, leading to a less than successful wireless connection.
Data should be part of the garden office design
It is relatively easy and cost effective to include data cabling at the design stage, common cables to be included are Ethernet cables for broadband, telephone cable, and audio visual cables for music and TV connections.
These cables normally have their own channel which runs from the office up to the main connection points in the house, these cables are normally buried in their tubing under ground like the electricity supply, but should be away from the electrical supply to avoid signal disruption.
Because our communication channels are constantly evolving, its worth making provision for the future, this could be as simple as having a large enough data channel with a draw wire to easily add more cabling in the future.
If your garden office doesn’t come with a communications system there are retro fit options
The Home Plug system is a two part system, one part connects to your router via an Ethernet cable and is plugged into a 13amp socket, and the second part of the system plugs into a 13amp socket in your garden office. Home Plug boosts the signal by transferring data down the electrical system. Home Plug systems come with wired and wireless connections, which you choose is dependent on your needs. This system does not offer the speed and security that a cabled network offers, but it is a useful retro fit option.
You can also buy Home Plug systems to transfer telephone lines from the house to your garden office, we have used this system quite successfully at Garden Office HQ.