5 Wireless Wifi 802.11 a,b,g,n Router Range and Distance Comparison

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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
-2.42020 m / 66 ft100 m / 330 ft
a3.7 - 52035 m / 115 ft120 m / 390 ft
b2.42035 m / 115 ft140 m / 460 ft
g2.42038 m / 125 ft140 m / 460 ft
n2.4 - 520 - 4070 m / 230 ft250 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.

Recommended Reading: 12 Wireless Router Antenna Distance Coverage Comparison

Wireless Wifi 802.11 a,b,g,n Router Range And Distance Comparison

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
  • 450Mbps
  • Powerful processor

Wireless Wifi 802.11 a,b,g,n Router Range And Distance Comparison

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12 comments on “5 Wireless Wifi 802.11 a,b,g,n Router Range and Distance Comparison

  1. Rafael
    Rafael February 24, 2013 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    From where did you get this range comparison table data?

    • Geckoandfly
      Geckoandfly February 24, 2013 at 2:46 pm - Reply

      @Rafael

      If I am not mistaken, I source it from Wikipedia, some manufacturer website, from their product boxes and etc.

      • Karen
        Karen April 13, 2013 at 2:52 pm - Reply

        which wireless Routers Have The Best Range in the market? cisco?

  2. Jimmy
    Jimmy April 13, 2013 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    what is the average distance of a wireless router? which router has the furthest range and distance?

  3. microsoft
    microsoft April 13, 2013 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    Which wireless router has the longest range? thanks

  4. peipei
    peipei April 13, 2013 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    Longest range wireless router is netgear, belkin or asus? can we boost it or amplify it?

  5. Muhammad
    Muhammad April 13, 2013 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    How to Maximize the Distance From Your Wireless Router without spending money?

  6. Britney Spears
    Britney Spears April 13, 2013 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    can installing DD-WRT or tomato firmware to your router double boost the range and signal?? cheers

  7. Omkar Phatak
    Omkar Phatak April 13, 2013 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    The reviews of long range wireless routers presented in this article is good

  8. Michael Brown
    Michael Brown April 13, 2013 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    the Netgear’s R6300 has such high throughput that its distant and range is pretty amazing.

    • microsoft
      microsoft April 13, 2013 at 2:59 pm - Reply

      Wireless N+ Performance Routers for Home is the best investmenet, forget about range extender, there will be a delay

  9. Kevin Purdy
    Kevin Purdy April 13, 2013 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    i am thinking of the beer can booster shown in many youtube videos… i wonder if it works!

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