Home wifi connection will only allow 7or 8 devices to connect at one time, never more?

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Hello, some of my friends live in a house with over 12 people and they regularly can only have 7 or 8 devices use the wifi connection at once. This includes phones, computers, etc and can make using the internet hard at times when a random phone is connected but a computer is not. I read that normally most

Hello, some of my friends live in a house with over 12 people and they regularly can only have 7 or 8 devices use the wifi connection at once. This includes phones, computers, etc and can make using the internet hard at times when a random phone is connected but a computer is not. I read that normally most routers will allow more than enough devices to connect, but they could experience lag. However this is not the case. Only so many will actually be connected at once and it can be a bit laggy sometimes. Also, it s not like they are constantly streaming or downloading things, it is more just web browsing and basic stuff like that.

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Ryan:
Many routers will support far more than 8 devices; however, the overheads of supporting that number encrypted WiFi connections limits the WiFi connectivity. Ethernet connectivity will often allow more connections than WiFi, but too many people think that they must use WiFi, and forget about what Ethernet can do.

The answer is normally to add a Wireless Access Point with a different SSID and on a different channel (at least four away from the router's wireless channel). Some of your devices connect to the router and the others connect to the WAP.

You should also check that the DHCP address pool is not restricted to just 8 addresses. Try setting it to include at least 100 addresses if it is set to a very small number.

I hope this helps.

Adrian:
The more devices on wifi, the degrading becomes even worse. Wifi, while theoretically can support huindreds of devices, has limits as to performance. Once you get over 3 or 4 devices, the performance will degrade faster and faster as you add another device. There is no real math of this, it is just that the logic in the router cannot handle all those collisions and conflicts in traffic as you add more devices.

Think of it this way. If you are in a room answering two people who keep asking questions, you can probably handle that load. Get to 4 people, all talking at the same time, it gets harder to pick out the questions and answer all 4. Get to 8 people all asking at the same time, and you are in trouble. Even though the room you are in can hold 50 people, no way you can handle that kind of load if there are 50 people all asking questions at the same time (and giving good answers to each of them). Wifi has the same problem, regardless of band or bandwidth.

If you have lots of people, you can try dual band routers and have 1/2 the people use one band, the others the other band (if they have proper wifi adapters). Or add another access point at a more remote location to handle a few users there, leaving the main wifi to handle less people at the same time. Even without being used, connected devices do use up some of the bandwidth and protocol to keep connections alive…

james:
Are they connecting to a WiFi Router or a MiFi Device

Router WiFi can accept as many as it can address

MiFi will be limited to how many users can connect.

?:
Depends on the router and its' settings. Some have limited capacity for wifi devices. But some are set to only have a few IP addresses in their dhcp pool of addresses. You can change that. If it has limited wifi capability you need to add a wireless access point for extra machines.
chrisjbsc:
ALL routers are limited in the number of devices that can be connected to them. Different routers will have a different limit (based on the speed of the CPU and amount of memory in the router). ALSO the settings in the router will limit the numbers that can connect – so change the settings.
Kevy:
Are they connecting to a WiFi Router or a MiFi Device

Router WiFi can accept as many as it can address

MiFi will be limited to how many users can connect.

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