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N Router range and laptop cards

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by digitalmonster, Nov 7, 2007.

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  1. digitalmonster

    digitalmonster Thread Starter

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    Two different questions:

    1) Whats the exact range of the N router?



    2) Is there any way I can improve the network pick-up range of my wireless laptop card? Will buying a N wireless card (whether or not the router is N) improve how far I can pick up internet signal from a router?
     
  2. Alex Ethridge

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    To take advantage of the extra range of the N router, you need an N card.

    Exact range varies depending on conditions; but, I have seen what I can safely say is, all other things being equal, 50% greater distance under any given set of circumstances, sometimes more.

    Some claim 400- or 600- or even 800 feet; but, those kinds of numbers are usually based on the most ideal of conditions created under laboratory conditions. No one lives in a laboratory, though. You might get those distances on the ocean beyond any sight of land over the horizon. Everyone cheats in advertising. I mean, why is it 400 feet even. Why isn't it 384 feet and 4 inches. Why would a signal suddenly become to0 weak at even numbers like 400, 600 or 800. Why not 423 feet 11 inches.

    I know it's true; I saw it in print.:D
     
  3. Soundy

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    An N router will definitely improve your range with a B or G adapter... as Alex notes, exact range will vary based on a number of conditions, but it's certainly better than with a B or G router. An N adapter will improve range even more.

    The other thing you can do to help your range is to upgrade your router's antenna. There are a number of options available... go to this link http://www.dlink.com/products/category.asp?cid=1&sec=1 and scroll down to "Antennas" for some examples.
     
  4. digitalmonster

    digitalmonster Thread Starter

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    ok thanks. Another question:

    If i'm trying to connect to a Hot Spot with my laptop, will buying a N laptop card increase the range of how far I can be to receive the Hot Spot signal? Or is there nothing I can do from the laptop user-end?
     
  5. Soundy

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    I don't know that an N adapter with a non-N access point will benefit the range much, if any.
     
  6. Alex Ethridge

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    Only if both the router and the card are N.
     
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