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Can wireless router be inside cabinet

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This may seem like a rather dumb question, but never really thought that much about it before. I know that placement of a wireless router in the home makes a difference in the strength of reception in various areas, but is it influenced by being inside of a piece of furniture?
I would prefer to keep my router in our family room (central location and best reception there), but inside a piece of furniture.
Will this limit the distribution of my router?
Thanks
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If there is any signal loss caused by the furniture it will be minor. I would be more concerned with other things around the router (nearby microwave, non-DECT cordless phones, etc) that may cause interference or even the age of your router itself. I keep mine downstairs in a central AV closet and the signal is fine throughout the house, but it is also a newer-ish router.
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You'll definitely get signal degradation, but without complex analysis, the only way to know the impact is to try it out. I have a wireless router located on a shelf inside a run of solid birch cabinets - I get strong signals at one end of the house (approx. 70' away, on a different floor), but very weak transmissions in an adjacent room that is maybe 25'-30 away. It all depends.....smile.gif
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