A viewer on my Anet Computers channel asked how the range was on my TP Link TL-WN881ND wifi card. Out of the box with no accessories the range is pretty good. However, that can be considered a subject opinion.
"hows the range on this thing??"
I decided to look for some WiFi analyser Windows applications. I stumbled across one called Homedale WiFi WLAN monitor. This is a FREE Microsoft windows and Macintosh operatin system application.
What made me decide to test with this application, is the fact that it is portable. You do NOT need to install this on your computer. It comes in a downloadable zip file.
You can scan for WiFi and WLAN networks for their signal strengths. You can even scan hotspots on smart devices. Depending on your wireless card hardware this software supports 802.11 a, b, g, n, & ac wireless networks.
This WiFi analyser Windows application will scan on both 2.4 Gigahertz and 5 gigahertz frequency bands. 20, 40, 80, and 120 Megahertz channels are supported. I did NOT alter my TL-WN881ND wifi card. Also, I did NOT connect any alternative atennas.
I have only used the 3.5 inch antennas that were supplied. My business office is located in a commercial building made out of brick on exterior. However, interior walls are not sound proof.
Microsoft Windows wireless network connection status claims I have an excellent signal with five bars. I connect to a local wifi router at 144.4 Megabits per second. Another wifi management tool I use, NetSetMan claims I am receiving a ninety percent signal.
I have noticed that this fluctuates between eighty to even close to one hundred percent signal strength at times. NetSetMan reports signal rates in decibals anywhere from high forties to high fifties. Homedale wifi monitor reports similar decibal signal strength ratings.
However, Homedale detects way more routers than the built in Windows wifi and NetSetMan tools. Windows wifi tool detected twenty nine routers. NetSetMan detected forty five routers.
Finally, Homedale detected eighty six routers.
About Author Aaron J. Berg
Aaron J. Berg is the owner of Anet Computers, host of the Reality PC podcast, and blogger at AnetComputers.com. For over thirteen years, he worked for fortune 500 companies and the United States Federal government supporting computers. Now he helps you solve your most common computer problems.