How many devices can be connected to wifi while it still works perfectly fine ?

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  • BigE
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    It depends how chatty they are.  A smart tv isn't chatty unless you use it to stream, but it might be connected.  General web browsing isn't really too chatty, you do input and get lots of output.  I work on Aruba's, and in the work environment we try and limit to 10-12 devices but that seems conservative.

    Of course it matters how fast your ISP and router can manage.

  • 3 months ago

    That depends on quite a few factors, but it all starts with the amount of bandwidth coming from your ISP. After that, it depends on what devices you're running, how many of them there are, and how much area your WiFi has to cover.

    Say, for example, you have a 400mps system into your 2,500 sq.ft single-story house. You would probably need a centralized router and at least two signal extenders. If you have a really good PC gaming system, a PS5, and Apple TV and, let's say three DirectTV's in the house, that would easily take up half of that bandwidth. If you started adding a series of smart switches, lights, outlets a thermostat, and several smart phones you would just about tap out your WiFi.

    However, any hiccups in that array and you would start to get failures.

    The bottom line is that there is no definitive answer because there are far too many variables and circumstances to nail it down to a number. How much bandwidth, what type of devices and the number of devices create far too much of a range of outcomes.

    The best thing to do would be to get an ISP and a router, add devices to the system and run some bench tests. Then slowly add more devices and see what you can do to keep up with peak demand.

  • 3 months ago

    It mainly depends on the router in question. Typical home routers aren't meant to support a huge number of devices. There is no exact amount but I would estimate around 25-30 devices. You have to keep in mind that the more devices on the network (wired or wireless) that are using the internet, the slower the internet connection becomes for everyone.

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