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What Is The Range of a Wi-Fi Network?

The Range of a Normal Wi-Fi Network


The Wi-Fi signal range of any given access point also varies significantly from device to devices. Factors that determine the range of access point:
  • the specific 802.11 protocol
  • the strength of the device transmitter
  • the nature of physical obstructions and/or radio interference in the surrounding area

A general rule of thumb in home networking says that Wi-Fi routers operating on the 2.4 GHz band reach up to '46 meter' indoors and '92 meter' outdoors. Older 802.11a routers that ran on 5 GHz bands reached approx. (approximately) one-third of these distances. Newer 802.11n and 802.11ac routers that operate on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands vary in the reach similarly.
The Range of a Wi-Fi Network
The Range of a Wi-Fi Network
Physical obstructions in homes such as concrete walls and metal frames or closed metal windows or wood windows reduce the range of a Wi-Fi network by 25% to 30% and more in some worst conditions. Due to laws of physics, 5 GHz Wi-Fi connections are more susceptible to obstructions that are 2.4 GHz.

Radio signal interference from microwave ovens and other frequencies also negatively affects Wi-Fi network range. Because 2.4 GHz radios are commonly used in consumer gadgets, those Wi-Fi connections protocols are more susceptible to interference inside residential buildings.

Finally, the distance at which someone can connect to an access point varies depending on antenna orientation. Smartphone users, in particular, may see their connection strength increase or decrease simply by turning the device at different angles. Furthermore, some access points utilize directional antennas that enable longer reach in areas the antenna is pointing but shorter reach in other areas.

If you want to buy and upgrade your old routers, There are a variety of routers available on the Amazon. Below are my picks for some of the best sellers, and they all can be purchased on Amazon.com:

802.11ac Routers

The TP-LINK Archer C7 AC1750 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router includes 450Mbps at 2.4GHz and 1300Mbps at 5GHz. It features guest network access for extra privacy when sharing your home, and comes with an easy setup assistant with multi-language support to make for a simple installation process.

802.11n Routers

The Netgear WNR2500-100NAS IEEE 802.11n 450 Mbps Wireless Router will make downloading movies, playing games and streaming much faster. The power boost antennas also ensure a stronger connection and broader range.

802.11g Routers

The Linksys WRT54GL Wi-Fi Wireless-G Broadband Router features four fast Ethernet ports and the WPA2 encryption allows you to surf the Internet securely.

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