When using WiFi, does moving a laptop closer to a router improve download/upload speeds?

dekw04

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Hi everyone.

When you use WiFi, does moving your laptop closer to the router improve download/upload speeds?

I can't seem to find a definitive answer to this question anywhere.

Thank you.
 

ChumP

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Depends on the situation. Usually signal degrades when getting farther. Let's say you have a router with 300 mb/s bandwidth and your internet speed is 100 mb/s. Let's say you're moving 50 meters away and your bandwidth decreases to 150 mb/s because of the signal strength. Your internet speed gets unaffected in that case. When you're trying to move even further away and the signal degrades so much that the bandwidth of the router gets below 100 mb/s, that's when your internet speed will be affected.So as long as your router bandwidth is over or equal to your internet speed than your speed won't be affected.
Hope it helps you undestand.
 

USAFRet

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Probably, yes.
But if you're in the same room, use an ethernet cable and get default uber speed.
 
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