As shown in the table below, the wireless 802.11n router modem has the best coverage in term of distance. However, it doesn’t eliminates blind spots (dead zones) when it comes to internet sharing between 2 different houses.
|802.11 Protocol||Freq (GHz)||Bandwidth (MHz)||Approximate indoor range||Approximate outdoor range|
|-||2.4||20||20 m / 66 ft||100 m / 330 ft|
|a||3.7/ 5||20||35 m / 115 ft||120 m / 390 ft|
|b||2.4||20||35 m / 115 ft||140 m / 460 ft|
|g||2.4||20||38 m / 125 ft||140 m / 460 ft|
|n||2.4/5||20 - 40||70 m / 230 ft||250 m / 820 ft|
|ac||5||20/40/80/160||35 m / 115 ft|
|ad||60||2,160||60 m / 200 ft||100 m / 300 ft|
|ay||60||8000||60 m / 200 ft||1000 m / 3000 ft|
01 – Antenna Booster vs. Range Extender
Antenna booster is a short term solution, it simply amplifies the signal, it doesn’t really extend the range. If the intention of amplifying the signal is to provide coverage for more people, this is not a viable solution as it might not handle the traffic unless your router comes with 3 antennas. I could be wrong, as technology progress, things changes.
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A range extender (repeater) is the best. It simply rely the wireless transmission and extend it, this enables wider coverage and eliminates blind spots such as corners and isolated areas. A range extender is very efficient when it comes to sharing internet between two houses.
02 – Many Users Vs 1 User
Based on my own personal experience, my router crashed when more than 10 people tries to access the internet simultaneously. If your intention in extending the range is to provide internet access to many users, a router with 6 antenna and build in processor is a better choice.
However, if the intention is to share internet with a few friends living across the street, an antenna booster is a good solution.
03 – The Best Router For Mass User
Getting the most expensive router when you live alone is not going to make much difference. These routers are made for heavy usage, in a situation where you have a huge crowd. An average router for a small family is more than enough, unless you have a very good reason such as you always organize parties. If your intention is to share the internet with many users, for instant in a food court or a hostel, here are 3 main specification you should look out for:
- Dual or Tri Band – More bands means a less crowded band per user
- Mbps – The current fastest Mbps is 1300Mbps, more Mbps means faster transfer speed, means less time spend communicating with the router
- Processor – The router CPU is used mostly for encryption and NAT and of course any firewall filters you have setup. So the more wireless data you have and the more total session you have the more CPU you must have. In most cases the internet connection size will limit you well before cpu in the router will make a difference.
- RAM – More is always better
04 – When Neighbors Do Not Get Along – Wifi War
The best is if you own a van, set your wireless SSID name to ‘FBI Surveillance Van’.
05 – 5 Weirdly Easy Tips To Boost Wifi Signal
We’ve been putting our routers in the wrong place this whole time. Wifi signals are made of radio waves that have a shorter wavelength than AM radio and cell phones but longer than satellite tv. How can I make my wifi faster? There are several things you can do to make your wifi faster without paying more, and they mostly have to do with the placement of your wifi router.