Wireless router range

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by zcamann, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. zcamann macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2004
    I am trying to get a wireless setup in my home that has a large range. My speed from comcast will be 20 mbps. I plan on getting a docsys 2 router as I will not need a docsys 3.
    As for the wireless part I am split between an apple airport or one of those rangemax routers. I see the rangemax routers come in different strengths up to 600mbps or something crazy like that. I hear that the higher the bandwidth on these rangemax routers, the greater the range.

    My question is, if my internet speed is only 20mbps, do I get any additional range by having a rangemax router with 600 mbps over say a lower 100 mbps?
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Only between machines within your home. Nothing helpful for the internet. Apple routers don't have modems built in so you will need to get an external docsis modem.
  3. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    higher bandwidth usually means 5GHz, which has less range than 2.4.
    2.4 is better at getting through things like walls and furniture.

    if your house is large or has thick walls, you might be better off with multiple base stations. Your devices will switch as you move around the house.
    with multiple base stations, you'll also be much better off with wired ethernet between them.
    wireless extension will lead to a drop in bandwidth, as the remote unit has to transmit to both the main base and your computer. For internet this might not be noticeable, but for file transfers it will be. or if you're gaming, you probably don't want this either.

    for remote base stations, the new airport express is pretty nice, dual band, not too big, and a decent price.
    if you decide to use a wireless connection between the main and remote bases, you will need to go all apple. With a wired connection, you can mix and match.

    i've got a Linksys E4200, in the same room, i get 450mb/s (actual transfer speed about 33 MB/s), one room away (but there's a closet, so 2 walls), connection drops to 250-300 (about 22 MB/s).
  4. zcamann thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2004

    I'm thinking of getting the motorola surfboard docsis 2 modem and a 802.11ac wireless router for maximum range. Hopefully that can get me through 5 walls.
  5. McSpeed macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2012
    Not only your router is gonna be in the play here. Range of router is 1, but your device also needs to communicate back. A big range of your router is only good for receiving.

    If the device you're using has low power on sending, you can forget about the whole thing. This together with the laws regarding emitting energy are the reason why almost all wifi products are the same on this point. Some have worse, some have better range, but the products you're talking about are virtually the same on that point.

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