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Wireless network transmit distance

By mdooly ·
What is the maximum distance that a wireless network can transmit?

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by TheChas In reply to Wireless network transmit ...

That depends on the type of WLAN, and what you are trying to do with it.

For a general purpose LAN, figure on a maximum of around 500 feet per access node.

For a wireless bridge link, up to 25 miles is possible.


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by Greybeard770 In reply to Wireless network transmit ...

It depends on a lot of environmental variables plus the power settings on the access point and the client. Consider wireless speeds as rings around the access point that decline in speed. The speed drops (by half) as you get further away. Don't be fooled by the network icon that says it is connected at 11 or 54 megabits. Use the software for your wireless NIC to see the real speed.

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by briantruitt In reply to Wireless network transmit ...

I agree with the other two gentlemen and just wanted to add that the only thing limiting my wireless are the brick walls in my home. I can pick up a signal across the street, but can't next door because of the brick walls in our homes. Depending on what you're trying to do, it might be worth picking up a wireless router and card and checking out whatever site you might be implementing to check for limitations. Having a site survey up front will answer any questions you might have down the road for expandability.

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by wlbowers In reply to Wireless network transmit ...

Go to Linksys and read their comparison of the protocals.

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They do have boosters.

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by Oldefar In reply to Wireless network transmit ...

Well, Connexion by Boeing goes about 40,000 miles from the plane to geosynchronous satellite to ground, although the 802.11 pieces is well under 100 meters. My DirecWay does the same, although I don't move around as much. Now the Mars rovers go a bit further. If I am not mistaken, we kept in touch with one of the deep probes out past Pluto.

Aloha net, first of the wireless CSMA/CD networks, had a range of about 50 miles I believe.

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