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Real World Examples

 

Use these real world examples as a baseline to compare what your needs are.

I have a room in my house that the signal quality is poor.

Use 160Mw, 200mW, Alfa 500mW or Alfa 1000mW

My neighbor is 2 houses away and lets me use his signal.

Use Alfa 1000mW + an indoor directional antenna.

The library one mile away has a free signal.

Use Alfa 1000mW + Shortest cable possible + Outdoor Directional antenna.

I want my WiFi to cover my entire property.

Use An outdoor Omni directional antenna + Shortest Cable Possible + Wireless router (not sold in store).

I want WiFi in my home as well as in the guest house or barn.

Use wireless router with 2 antenna ports + shortest cable needed + Outdoor directional antenna.

I live on a hill and want to receive WiFi from town 5 miles away using 1 pc.

Use Alfa 1000mW + Shortest cable + outdoor grid antenna.

I want to be able to have WiFi in my home for free.

Access point + Ethernet cable + Wireless router (not sold in store).

Antenna

Type

Best use

Signal use

Location

Max Range

2.5 dBi

Omni directional

USB adapters

Receive

Indoors

300ft

5 dBi

Omni directional

USB adapters

Receive

Indoors

500ft

7dBi

Omni directional

Routers/Adapters

Receive/transmit

Indoors

800ft

8dbi

Omni directional

Routers/Adapters

Receive/transmit

Outdoors

1500ft

9dbi

Omni directional

Routers/Adapters

Receive/transmit

Indoors

1200ft

9dBi Panel

Directional

Routers/Adapters

Receive/transmit

Indoors

.25 miles

11dBi

Omni directional

Routers/Adapters

Receive/transmit

Outdoors

.25 miles

14dbi

Omni directional

Routers/Adapters

Receive/transmit

Outdoors

.4 miles

Yagi Cantenna Tripod 14dBi

Directional

Routers/Adapters

Receive/transmit

Indoors

2 miles

Yagi Cantenna Mount 14dBi

Directional

Routers/Adapters

Receive/transmit

Outdoors

3 miles

Panel Tripod 14dBi

Directional

Routers/Adapters

Receive/transmit

Indoors

2 miles

Panel Mount 14dBi

Directional

Routers/Adapters

Receive/transmit

Outdoors

4 miles

Dish Grid 19dBi

Directional

Routers/Adapters

Receive/transmit

Outdoors

5 miles

Parbolic Grid 24 dBi

Directional

Routers/Adapters

Receive/transmit

Outdoors

8 miles

 

Kit Setup

Type

Length

USB Adapters Alone

USB Cable

Total length less than 15ft

Indoor WiFi kits <15 ft

USB Cable

Total length less than 15ft

Indoor WiFi Kits >15ft

AWC Coaxial Cable

AWC195 – 10ft, AWC240 – 20ft, AWC400 – 20ft

Outdoor WiFi Kit <20ft

AWC Coaxial Cable

AWC240– 20ft, AWC400 20ft

OutdoorWiFi Kit >20ft

AWCCoaxial Cable

AWC400– All Lengths > 20ft

WirelessAccess Point

EthernetCable

Shortestnecessary