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February 27, 2012 10:50:03 PM

I planning a wireless home network and would like to have WiFi internet access at my swimming pool ~150 feet from the house. There is only one wall between the location of the wireless router and the pool. Do all routers have similar range? If not what is a good model for this range, or would I need to add a range extender?

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February 29, 2012 5:52:41 PM

According to Wikipedia, "An access point (or hotspot) has a range of about 20 meters (65 ft) indoors and a greater range outdoors" If this is the case my chance of WiFi reaching the swimming pool doesn't seem very good.

But a little further down it says "Wi-Fi networks have limited range. A typical wireless access point using 802.11b or 802.11g with a stock antenna might have a range of 32 m (120 ft) indoors and 95 m (300 ft) outdoors. IEEE 802.11n, however, can exceed that range by more than two times." If that's the case I should be OK.

Can someone explain this apparent contradiction?

Right now I don't feel enough need to invest in extra equipment to extend WiFi to my pool, but if I can get a router for <~$100 that has the range Ill go for it. None of the reviews seem to discuss range. Is one router as good as another in this regard?
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February 29, 2012 7:39:26 PM

ideally you would move your wifi router to a window facing the pool.
the setup you are describing would be VERY lucky to get a regular home router to work consistently.

wifi range is affected by many things, like walls, atmospheric interference, RF interference from other devices and more.
that's why your retail router packaging doesn't usually post a distance range - because it varies depending on environment.

some routers are better than others at transmitting, even if they both use wirelessN.
(what you want to check is the power supply - crappy routers use a .5 amp power supply, good routers use a 2 amp power supply)

what you need is an ubiquity nanostation m2.
http://www.ubnt.com/nanostationm
nanostation loco i guess is the newest one.

it takes a little tech saavy to set it up, but it has an awesome range.

i have a setup at one customer using two of those and it connects two offices nearly two blocks away.

just installed one at another customer who now has reliable wifi in his shop nearly 200ft from the house.
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