The Learning Center answers any questions you may have about Wi-Fi standards, speeds and how Wi-Fi range works. If your network has poor Wi-Fi range, the Learning Center will help you understand why and what you can do to fix it. We are constantly updating this section with new and up to date information so check back frequently for new information.
Wi-Fi operates on wireless standards, defined by the IEEE, that ensure interoperability between products from different manufacturers. Each Wi-Fi standard has its own speed and distance specifications. Wireless speed (also known as throughput) is measured by the speed that data is transferred from one wireless connection to the next.
802.11ac and 802.11a work exclusively on the 5GHz band and 802.11ac is backwards compatible with 802.11a and 802.11n (5GHz only). 802.11b and 802.11g work exclusively on the 2.4GHz band and 802.11g is backwards compatible with 802.11b. 802.11n works on both 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz bands and is backwards compatible with 802.11a/b/g.
Wi-Fi range has a direct effect on Wi-Fi speeds. The further out you go on a Wi-Fi network the more your Wi-Fi speed degrades until you no longer have a connection.
Therefore, the key to overall Wi-Fi performance is making sure you have enough Wi-Fi range. Wi-Fi range can be affected by several factors:
Your wireless environment plays a large role in determining the performance of your wireless network. Wi-Fi products operate optimally in a point to point scenario where there are no obstructions between the Wi-Fi Access Point/Router and your Wi-Fi adapter (PC, IPad, IPhone, etc.). Many items within your wireless environment can cause wireless performance to degrade.This items include:
Each Wi-Fi product includes a wireless radio that transmits (Tx) and receives (Rx) wireless signals. The range performance of a Wi-Fi product is determined by the transmitting power and receiving sensitivity of the Wi-Fi radio inside the product. For optimal range and performance, both the Wi-Fi Access Point/Router and Wi-Fi adapter (PC, iPad, iPhone, etc.) must have strong transmitting (Tx) and receiving (Rx) radios for a strong connection.
If only the transmitting power is strong and the receiving sensitivity is weak, then the Wi-Fi product and overall network performance is only as strong as its weakest link. In other words, if you have a Wi-Fi product that has poor transmitting power (Tx) then your Wi-Fi range will only go as far as the transmitting power on the Wi-Fi radio will allow.
Each Wi-Fi radio includes a Wi-Fi antenna to send out its Wi-Fi signal. Wi-Fi antennas shape the pattern of your wireless signal and help to increase the transmitting power (Tx) of your Wi-Fi product. (Wi-Fi Antennas do not boost your Wi-Fi products receiving sensitivity (Rx)). Different antennas may be used to help concentrate the Wi-Fi signal of your product in a single direction for more wireless transmitting power (Tx) and more range.
Wireless performance and range can be boosted beyond Wi-Fi standard specifications through the use of Amped Wireless' range amplifying technology and high power Wi-Fi antennas:
• Wi-Fi Power Amplifiers
All Amped Wireless High Power Wi-Fi products include wireless radios that feature high power amplifiers to boost the transmit power (Tx) AND receiving sensitivity (Rx) output power of the radio. Therefore, adding a single Amped Wireless Wi-Fi product will help to increase the overall performance of your network by boosting both the transmitting power and the receiving sensitivity of the Wi-Fi product. Amped Wireless' Wi-Fi products include wireless radios that feature wireless output power from 100mW to the 1000mW (the FCC Maximum allowable limit). That's 2x to 20x the typical wireless output power of standard Wi-Fi products!
• Wi-Fi High Power Antennas
All Amped Wireless High Power Wi-Fi products include external, detachable antennas for more wireless range. Internal antennas do not perform as well as antennas that are placed on the outside of a product. Amped Wireless High Power Wi-Fi products feature High Power antennas that are tuned specifically for use with the amplified Wi-Fi radios of each Amped Wireless Wi-Fi product. Amped Wireless products feature antennas with decibel levels between 3dBm and 12dBm. That's up to 3x to 12x the antenna strength (decibel level) of standard Wi-Fi products! Amped Wireless' High Power antennas are also detachable for Wi-Fi applications that require upgraded antennas, such as for outdoor applications.
• How Wi-Fi Range Extenders Work
Wi-Fi Range Extenders connect to any Wi-Fi network (you would need to know the security key if you are connecting to a secure network) and redistributes the Wi-Fi connection in the location where the Wi-Fi Range Extender is located. Simply put, Wi-Fi Range Extenders repeat the signal from another Wi-Fi network effectively extending the range of the Wi-Fi network.