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Old July 26th, 2010, 11:48 AM
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Exclamation N-band vs G-band range issue

My router's wireless N range is only about 30 feet while the wireless G range is good to over 150 feet. There are no obstacles except a couple of glass doors. So why would G work well but not the N band, which should go much farther?
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Old July 26th, 2010, 12:26 PM
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Default Re: N-band vs G-band range issue

What exactly do you mean by N vs G band? The WNDR3700 doesn't discriminate between these two bands, when you turn on N functionality, G remains on. If you are referring to the 2.4 vs the 5 GHz then the behavior is normal. The 5GHz signal has a significantly shorter range because it is much more susceptible to attenuation by obstacles. It is just the nature of the beast (higher frequency = higher attenuation). Try setting the 5GHz channel to channel 153. Does the signal travel further if you open these glass doors?
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Old July 26th, 2010, 02:36 PM
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Default Re: N-band vs G-band range issue

First - there is no 'N' band - there is a 2.4GHz band and a 5GHz band - 802.11g can only use 2.4GHz, whilst 802.11n can use either 2.4 or 5GHz.

As the previous responder has already mentioned, the 5GHz signal will always have a shorter range than the 2.4GHz, so if what you're looking for is maximum range and performance, then you need to configure for 802.11n on the 2.4GHz band.
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Old July 28th, 2010, 12:41 PM
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Default Re: N-band vs G-band range issue

I noticed the range difference but also the 5G is broadcasting very rarely; almost never... curios...
Anything can be done?
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Old July 28th, 2010, 09:54 PM
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OK, thanks folks for replying. Yes, I meant the 2.4 vs 5 bands. So, what you're saying is wireless N is a speed upgrade from wireless G, but not for longer distance? It seemed like the graphics on the box show wireless N expanding the range throughout the house. I'll try using that other channel as one of you suggested.

Any other way to get maximum distance?...I have the router in one house and trying to connect about 150 feet to another house and the two glass doors (one on each house) are the only obstacles that are in between.
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Old July 29th, 2010, 04:48 AM
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Default Re: N-band vs G-band range issue

When used on 2.4GHz, 802.11n is capable of both increased range and increased speed, if used on 5GHz the range will be reduced.
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Old July 29th, 2010, 11:49 AM
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Default Re: N-band vs G-band range issue

In wndr3700 we have two networks: 2gHz and 5GHz with the last having very short range. So the right things to do would be to give up the 5G band if there a way to reconfigure wndr3700 to have two 2.4gHz networks. Is it?
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Old July 29th, 2010, 01:22 PM
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Default Re: N-band vs G-band range issue

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In wndr3700 we have two networks: 2gHz and 5GHz with the last having very short range. So the right things to do would be to give up the 5G band if there a way to reconfigure wndr3700 to have two 2.4gHz networks. Is it?
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What exactly are you try to achieve?
What would be the purpose of having two separate 2.4GHz networks?
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Old July 30th, 2010, 06:27 PM
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I HATE the fact you can't turn off b and g and just use N. It's stupid every single router I've ever used had this ability but nope not this $160 router...
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Old July 31st, 2010, 10:18 AM
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Default Re: N-band vs G-band range issue

Thanks again everyone for the tech lesson...I understand now the difference. Also, the switch to channel 153 worked...I am now getting an "excellent" signal on the 5G...and opening the glass doors helped too...I will take the router out of the cabinet now.
Thanks again all!
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