Normal Wifi Range

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May 02, 2019 The wireless standard is the 802.11 bit. Each version has a different range so will have an effect on your wireless signal. 11a has an 115ft range indoors and 390ft outdoors. 11b has an 115ft range indoors and 460ft outdoors. After reseating, the card performed at acceptable speeds on Draft-N – 72Mbps to 144Mbps. As noted in many other fora, this particular wireless adapter does not get excellent performance – typically about 50% of what is expected (an external wireless antenna on this same network pulls in 270Mbps, and an Asus 1000H netbook gets 135Mbps). Nov 09, 2010 what can be the normal wifi range be? I am going to get ipod touch now. I want to know the range of wifi network which you have at home. I want to use ipod touch at school. My school is like right infront of my house. It is probably like 100 meter. Oct 07, 2018 A general rule of thumb in home networking says that Wi-Fi routers operating on the traditional 2.4 GHz band reach up to 150 feet (46 m) indoors and 300 feet (92 m) outdoors. Older 802.11a routers that ran on 5 GHz bands reached approximately one-third of these distances.

Talking about 'good signal strength' may have become part of everyday language, but what constitutes a good Wi-Fi signal, really? Do you know what it takes to be able to use demanding services like Netflix and videoconferencing over Wi-Fi?

Signal strength is measured in dBm or decibel milliwatts, which, somewhat confusingly, is expressed only in negative values (with a minus sign in front).

So what are the good and acceptable dBm values for wireless internet?

Here is what the Wi-Fi signal strength values mean

How to measure the received signal strength

To measure signal strength at a given location and time, you can use a Wi-Fi scanner. You can read more about this in our article How to find good Wi-Fi channels and bad neighbors.

The measurement you are looking for is RSSI, which is short for received signal strength indicator.

If you are running Mac OS X, you can also measure the received signal strength directly without installing anything: Hold down the Altkey and click the Wi-Fi icon in the top menu, and details of communication with the wireless access point will appear under the name of the active Wi-Fi network.

If you would like to map out the signal for an entire home, we recommend using a heat mapper to create a heat map of good and bad coverage zones. See also: Map your wireless network with a heat mapper.

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Poor signal strength? Remove obstacles

Have you done your testing and concluded that the signal strength is insufficient? First of all:

Don't be tempted to try to amplify the transmit strength from your router / access point. You may sabotage both yourself and your neighbors in the process, and you risk breaking the law along the way. Read more about this in Don't. Boost. Your Wi-Fi Signal.

Of course, the performance and capacity of the wireless network depends on more than the signal emitted from the access point, but the most important thing you can do for the signal is:

  • Move the router or other access point high up and in front of any obstacles. Preferably high up on the wall.
  • Place your devices and access points with as much of a clear line of sight between them as possible.

Get further advice on what you can do yourself to improve your home Wi-Fi in: Better Wi-Fi at Home: 18 Free Tips.

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Normal Wifi Range Chart

The range of a residential Wi-Fi network depends on the wireless access point (WAP) or wireless router, its' antenna(s) sensitivity, as well as the exact 802.11 standard being used. Factors that determine a particular WAP or wireless router's range are:
- the specific 802.11 protocol being used (802.11a/b/g/n)
- the overall strength of the device transmitter
- the nature of obstructions and interference in the surrounding area
A general rule of thumb in home networking says that 802.11b/g WAPs and routers support a range of up to 150 feet (46 m) indoors and 300 feet (92 m) outdoors. Another rule of thumb holds that the effective range of 802.11a is approximately one-third that of 802.11b/g.
802.11n devices typically have twice the range of 802.11b/g devices.
All of these rough estimates fall on the high end of the range seen in practice. Obstructions in home such as brick walls and metal frames or siding can greatly reduce the range of a Wi-FiLAN by 25% or more. Because 802.11a employs a higher signalling frequency than 802.11b/g/n, 802.11a is most susceptible to obstructions. Interference from microwave ovens, cordless phones and other equipment that operates in the same frequency as the WLAN also affects range.
Of course, it's possible to extend a Wi-FiLAN to much longer distances by chaining together multiple wireless access points or routers, or simply changnig to higher-gain directional antennas.
Another benefit of 802.11n technology is much better coverage. Wireless-N devices use 'reflections' of the signal (from walls, etc.) to strengthen it and eliminate cold or weak spots in the signal.

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'Chaining' WiFi radios using WDS cuts bandwidth in half at each radio in the chain because they all must use the same channel. Also the need to mount and supply power to each of them would make it an expensive solution, as well as inefficient.
A better alternative is a pair of long-range WiFi radios, functioning as a backhaul. The main thing that sets long-range WiFi apart is the ability to alter ack frame timing parameters. Adequate signal isn't enough to make a WiFi connection, a frame may be transmitted and received perfectly, but if it doesn't arrive within the timeout limit, it still discarded.
Long-range radios both figure out how much to extend the time window on their own, and can be configured for optimal performance at a given distance up to 30 km. (Even farther when one or both are at a high elevation, the 30 km constraint is imposed by the earth's curvature.)
And it's surprisingly affordable, radios with integrated high-gain antennas can be had for under $50 a piece, Ubiquiti offers several equipment options that work very well, and are cost-effective.