Characteristics of a Long-Range Router
The typical WiFi router (such as the one your ISP rents you) is designed to cover only a single room with a wireless signal. Once the signal from the router hits any solid obstacle, its strength decreases dramatically. While you might still be able to connect to the Internet, browse the web, play online games, or chat with friends and family, your experience will likely suffer.
And if you share your Internet connection with multiple people, you may even experience connection drops. To prevent this from happening, you should purchase a long-range WiFi router. Some of the best long-range wireless routers, such as the Asus ROG Rapture GT, the TP-Link Talon AD7200, or the D-Link DIR-895L, are designed to offer expansive coverage in areas up to 5,000 square feet.
These premium routers accomplish this by featuring multiple antennas and special beamforming technology, which allows them to focus the WiFi signal to where it’s needed the most.
If you’re currently unsure whether you need a long-range router, we recommend you download and use NetSpot, an easy-to-use software application for wireless network assessment, scanning, and surveys. NetSpot is available for free, and it can help you visualize your WiFi coverage and discover all areas of signal weakness.