how far can you go from your wireless router?

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at my apartment i can go a good 2 or 3 rooms away and have almost full strength, but I live in an apartment so the rooms arent that big. I have a netgear 'B' router and card

I came back to my parents place and they have one set up using a linksys "g" router....here i can only go max maybe 100 feet if i go outside and the only thing between the router and my notebook is the window...it seems like something is wrong. even now i am probably a room and a half away and only have a "low" signal,.

Not sure if the difference is in insulation (i am now in the northeast as opposed to LA where buildings prob. have a lot less)

just wondering how far i should be able to go
 

nboy22

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well B routers are supposed to go through to about 1500 feet, or so says on all the card packages... and that's probably without obstructions, and I heard that G goes even farther.. My neighbors live probably a good football field away when I step out with my dad's laptop I can recieve their wireless signal.. I think that is a B router too, and I know the router they have is also a Linksys. But It could be the amount of walls and stuff it's going through
 

nageov3t

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we have a B router in my house... I can go 2 floors down and still get great reception.
 

PremiumG

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I have a Netgear router 802.11g and I can barely use my computer 1 room and 1 hallway away from the router.

Any tips on placement of the router or network card?
 

PremiumG

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also, i have another spare router, 802.11b (also Netgear), can i configure that to be an access point?
 

InlineFive

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I have an Netgear MR814v2 and my laptop with an MA401 can receive it about 50ft away on both floors. It's also competing with a 2.4Ghz phone right next to it though.
 

Slogun

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I have the microsoft MN-700 which is 802.11g

I haven't gone farther than my back yard so far, but plan to walk down the street with it soon to test the range.

PremiumG - My router says to maximize range place it relatively high in your living space if possible, also try rotating the antennae has it may have osme directional properties to it.

BTW, since I already had a wired network, my wireless router is set up as an access point. The MN-700 has an built -in option for this. If your router does not have that specific option, then you can achieve the same result by disabling DHCP on it.

HERE's a link with more info on the topic. Note that with my router's built-in access point capability a regular cat5 cable as opposed to a crossover cable was used.
 

spidey07

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cisco 350.

Can go anywhere in three story house and all over yard with full signal at 11 mbs.
 

JackMDS

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This one of this ?None Question?, Questions.

It depends on the Hardware and the envioroment.

Some Guys can not get it within 3?.

The best I have seen with Entry Level hardware was 5 Miles.

General averages in the middle of this page: Link to: Wireless What Should?

If you want to ensure max coverage indoor with default hardware, you do what Spidey did.

I.e. you do not use Entry Level.
 

spidey07

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Originally posted by: JackMDS
This one of this ?None Question?, Questions.

It depends on the Hardware and the envioroment.

Some Guys can not get it within 3?.

The best I have seen with Entry Level hardware was 5 Miles.

General averages in the middle of this page: Link to: Wireless What Should?

If you want to ensure max coverage indoor with default hardware, you do what Spidey did.

I.e. you do not use Entry Level.

one can probably pickup a 350 on ebay for cheap.
 

Slogun

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LOL, backyard and maybe accross the street is certainly good enough for me and my $79.00 (802.11g router + cardbus adaptor).

Who wants to be hosting the community on their broadband connection over a 5 mile radius, not I. ;)
 

JackMDS

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Originally posted by: SlogunWho wants to be hosting the community on their broadband connection over a 5 mile radius, not I. ;)
Well this is a Big Country (The USA).

Some people have a distance of 5 Miles Between their main House and the Gatehouse.

;)
 

ktwebb

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one can probably pickup a 350 on ebay for cheap.

I might also look for an Aironet AP4800 if your on Ebay and want a good AP on the cheap. Basically a 350, though you might not be able to update the firmware to the current AP350. I prefer the older menu based admin console anyway. 100 mW, great receive sensitivity radios. It's what the 350 became, before the "mistake" of the 340 series. Also, old Lucent or Orinoco Access Points. Very good quality radios in those as well. All .11b.
 

discostusback

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i got almost constant 108mbps all around my house and about 200 ft down street and across it too. It is a Netgear WTG624 wireless 108 router.
 

DainBrammage

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Colubris CN3000 with 200mw radio and 150 mW amps into splitter then to two 14.5 dbi patches. Lights up the whole street and cul de sac.
 

spidey07

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Originally posted by: DainBrammage
Colubris CN3000 with 200mw radio and 150 mW amps into splitter then to two 14.5 dbi patches. Lights up the whole street and cul de sac.

the whole street. hell that cell is probably 3 miles in diameter.