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How do I Choose the Best WiFi® Antenna?

By Dulce Corazon
Updated May 16, 2024
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In order to enjoy optimum wireless Internet connection, having an appropriate WiFi® antenna is sometimes necessary. There are several things to consider before buying one. These include the size of the antenna, the range of the router, and the direction of WiFi® signal in your home or office. Other important issues are the amount of interference in your area and also your budget.

A big WiFi® antenna can often boost the range of a WiFi® signal. One of the first things to consider before making a purchase is its size. A bigger and stronger antenna will usually ensure a most reliable WiFi® signal.

It is also important to determine the range of your WiFi® router. If the router is giving a weak signal, it may be due to many factors including power output, distance, and obstructions. Obstructions often include large furniture, walls, and trees. Considering these obstacles when choosing a WiFi® antenna is frequently beneficial. Your choice should be one that is powerful enough to amplify your WiFi® signal even with all the obstructions in the area.

The direction of WiFi® signal should also factor in to your WiFi® antenna choice. If you are just using it on one computer or if you are passing the WiFi® signal from one router to a single or even multiple receivers in one direction, it is often advantageous to consider a directional WiFi® antenna. When there are several devices in your home or building and they are situated in different areas, an omnidirectional WiFi® antenna will usually work best. There are generally many different types of WiFi® antennas being sold, and knowing their specifications may help you determine the best one to fit your needs.

Whether you are thinking of getting an indoor WiFi® antenna or an outdoor WiFi® antenna, it is often necessary to take into consideration the amount of interference your WiFi® signal will encounter. This is different from the physical obstructions that your signal usually encounters. Interference will invade your WiFi® signal, causing a weaker signal or sometimes, total interruption. Things that can cause interference include microwave ovens, microwave transmitters, and some lighting systems.

Budget is another important factor to consider. Some excellent WiFi® antennas may be too expensive, but this kind of equipment is often a good investment especially if you are going to use it for business. There are, however, cheaper ones you can buy that you can modify according to your needs and requirements.

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Discussion Comments

By CharlieB — On Jun 21, 2011

Like you said in the article, budget is a consideration. And you are right, if you don't have to skimp on a wireless wifi antenna, you shouldn't. It will only lead to frustration during those times when you can't get a connection. Your best bet would be to get the best omni-directional antenna you can afford. That way, you won't have to keep moving the antenna around in search of a connection.

By the way, you should opt for the best router you can afford, too. The combination will help you get the best connection available.

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