Question a WiFi adapter with long range?

UnknownDZN

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Hi, i been trying to find a wifi adapter for far range and speed for a while now because i am at a hotel for now but i have a Netgear AC600 WiFi USB Mini Adapter and it doesn't reach far at all because i have other devices that can reach far, if you guys can help me find a cheap far range wifi adapter that would be great Thank you.
 

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Hi, i been trying to find a wifi adapter for far range and speed for a while now because i am at a hotel for now but i have a Netgear AC600 WiFi USB Mini Adapter and it doesn't reach far at all because i have other devices that can reach far, if you guys can help me find a cheap far range wifi adapter that would be great Thank you.
You'll want external antennas and to use 2.4GHz which has the longest range. However in a hotel this may work against you as everyone uses 2.4 and it has a lower total throughput (But longer range)

A better alternative is to wrap the back of the antenna with aluminum foil and use the 5GHz spectrum (is available) It's a bit of a geek redneck hack, but it does work.

A third potential is to use a GOOD 3x3 or 4x4 range extender / router in a BRIDGE mode and connect it via ethernet to your laptop. Most USB adapters and NGF wifi cards don't have the power or ability to transmit strong signals. You need both space for a good antenna and a strong amplifier which gets hot and uses lots of power (from a laptop power envelope point of view)

I'll be honest with you though. The vast majority of hotels are like sports stadiums now. They can't update infrastructure fast enough with the boom in traffic. There's lots of parents hogging bandwidth for their kids Netflix access to keep them entertained. Your only option might be to pay for elevated net access (Something Hilton does offer at a number of sites where they put you on a different subnet on a different wifi channel on a QOS managed switch) Even if you get a room with ethernet, you might not be better off as connection pipes are rarely updated because of cost.

WiFi 6 will help, but not near as much as everyone who travels a lot hopes.
 
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