Finally got cool enough to do some work in the shop and try out the Elac Discovery Z3 as my Roon Music source.
The shop is about 60 feet from the house, door to door, and about 90 feet from the router. Wi-Fi works reliably from the metal roofed house out to the shop overhead door but will not reach inside the metal building.
Used a 100’ Cat6 Ethernet cable that reached from the port in the kitchen, out through the garage, across the driveway and 15 feet inside the door. Had to use my android phone Roon Remote to control the music selection from outside the building but I could adjust the volume from inside with the controls on the front of the z3. Started a 2 plus hour long playlist then Roon Radio kicked in and continued nonstop. Worked perfectly, no issues, drops or pauses. Add a splitter and I can use my laptop or IPAD remotes for total control from inside the building with Ethernet.
The shop is roughly 1050 sq feet with 12 foot ceiling, walls and ceiling are insulated. Furnishings include the normal stuff, tractor, zero turn mower, table saws, drill presses, metal cabinets, work benches and wall to wall fully loaded shelving. No room correction possible, or needed.
That small Z3 speaker system, not much bigger than large shoe box, filled the space with hi-res music and sounded really good. The bass could be heard thumping from outside the building. I had been using my 30 year old RCA portable radio/cd player with an attached antenna and scratchy FM sound from inside the building or my android phone as an endpoint with an outdoor party speaker from the overhead doorway.
That was enough to convince me it will be worthwhile to have Ethernet added to the shop. With a drop on each end of the building I can have Stereo Z3’s grouped. Will have to run conduit under the driveway and underground from the house. It cost 1900.00 to have the whole house wired with 8 drops/ports. Have no idea what this will cost but it will be worth it in the long run.
We have a homemade 20 by 20 hoop style greenhouse on the opposite side of the property about 150’ from the house. With plumbing for water and electricity we had been using that during the winter to keep potted plants from around the yard warm and healthy, but we just added climate controlled ventilation and wet location electrical service for year round use. Maybe I’ll go crazy and run Ethernet there as well.