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|
Antenna Booster vs. Range Extender
Antenna booster is a short term solution, it simply amplifies the range, and it doesn’t 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.
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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.
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.
Best Router For Mass User
If your intention is internet sharing for mass users, below is the must have specification:
- Dual Band
- Powerful processor
When Neighbors Do Not Get Along
Wifi wars. The best is if you own a van, set your wireless SSID name to ‘FBI Surveillance Van’.