Wi-Fi Best Practices (Amcrest Smart Home)

Most Wi-FiAmcrest Smart Home devices have a communication distance of up to 164ft (open field) however if you notice the device is going offline regularly or becomes unresponsive your network and the location of the device may play a huge role in its ability to function properly. For more information on location and how it affects a Wi-Fi device, please refer to the information provided below. 

Location: How far is the device is from the wireless router.

  • Larger distances can be affected more by interference and be susceptible to connection issues. This can cause the hub to go offline which will also affect the sensors. 
  • Actual distances can vary drastically by the type of router. If connection issues arise, then a Wi-Fi extender should be considered. 

Range Limiting Factors

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Reflection: The signal reflects back.

Scattering: The signal scatters back into multiple new signals.

Refraction: The signal bends as it travels through an object (e.g. glass window). Diffraction: The signal changes direction as it passes around an object. Attenuation: The signal strength weakens as it passes through an object.

Wi-Fi signal strength decreases as it passes through different types of material. Try to position your wireless camera and receiver where the signal does not pass through metal or concrete blocks, which can significantly reduce signal strength (as shown in the information provided below).

Plastic & Wood: 10 - 30%

Brick: 30 - 50%

Concrete Cinder Blocks: 50 - 70%

Metal & Metal Cladding: 70 - 90%

Note: Signals that must pass through wet or moist materials (e.g. shrubs and trees) may be significantly reduced.

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