User:M86/Receiver sensitivity table

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Much of this information may be inaccurate, depending on the source (and other factors). Take it with a grain of salt.

Theoretical receiver sensitivity (dBm):

  • 1M=-104.5
  • 2M=-101.5
  • 5.5M=-97
  • 11M=-94
  • 802.11g/802.11a:
  • 6M=-97 (1RX stream), -100 (2RX streams)
  • 9M=-96 (1RX), -99 (2RX)
  • 12M=-94, -97
  • 18M=-92, -95
  • 24M=-89, -92
  • 36M=-85, -88
  • 48M=-81, -84
  • 54M=-80, -83


  • frame length = 1000 octets
  • PER = 0.1
  • Noise Figure = 0 dB
  • Implementation margin: 0dB


  • The difference in sensitivity between PER=0.08 (BER=1.05e-5) and PER=0.1 (BER=1.32e-5) is 0.11dB (not significant).
  • For practically achievable sensitivity, add 2-3 dB to the numbers above (1-2dB for front-end filter loss and 1-2dB for LNA noise figure)
  • The 802.11 acceptance test limits are 15 dB above the theoretical limits (see section - Receiver minimum input sensitivity)

Wireless adapters


 All PHY modesInterfaceCh1 brandCh1 modelCh2 modelNFO6M9M12M18M24M36M48M54MRF conn.FCC date
ALFA Network AWUS051NH v1abgnUSBRalinkRT2770RT2750-93 dBm-78 dBmRP-SMA2009-11-22
Agere PC50E-8-FC/AaPCMCIA (32-bit)AtherosAR5210AR5110-85 dBm-84 dBm-83 dBm-81 dBm-78 dBm-74 dBm-69 dBm-65 dBmMMCX2002-08-09
Compex WLE900N5an+acMini PCIe (oversized)Qualcomm AtherosQCA9880-94 dBm-94 dBm-94 dBm-92 dBm-89 dBm-86 dBm-82 dBm-80 dBmMMCX
Compex WLE900N5-18an+acMini PCIeQualcomm AtherosQCA9880 v2-94 dBm-94 dBm-94 dBm-92 dBm-89 dBm-86 dBm-82 dBm-80 dBmU.FL
Compex WLE900N5-20an+acMini PCIe (oversized)Qualcomm AtherosQCA9880 v2-94 dBm-94 dBm-94 dBm-92 dBm-89 dBm-86 dBm-82 dBm-80 dBmMMCX
Compex WLE900V5-18an+acMini PCIeQualcomm AtherosQCA9880 v2-94 dBm-94 dBm-94 dBm-92 dBm-89 dBm-86 dBm-82 dBm-80 dBmU.FL
Compex WLU108AG-MCabgUSBAtherosAR5523AR5112-95 dBm-72 dBmMC2008-02-01
EnGenius EUB-862abgUSBAtherosAR5523AR5112-89 dBm-72 dBmnone specified2005-10-25
EnGenius EUB-862 EXT2abgUSBAtherosAR5523AR5112-90 dBm-73 dBmRP-SMA2005-10-25
Enterasys RBTBH-R2WabgPCMCIA (16-bit)AgereWL60040-85 dBm-79 dBm-68 dBmMC2004-09-27
... further results


 All PHY modesInterfaceCh1 brandCh1 modelCh2 modelNFO1M2M5.5M11MRF conn.FCC date
3Com 3CRWE254G72bgUSBIntersilISL3880-88 dBm-86 dBm-84 dBm-82 dBmnone specified2003-12-09
3Com OfficeConnect 3CRWE154G72 v1bgPCMCIA (32-bit)IntersilISL3880ISL3686A-89.9 dBm-89.9 dBm-88.8 dBm-82.8 dBmnone specified2003-06-10
ALFA Network AWUS036HbgUSBRealtekRTL8187LRTL8225PER < 0.08, nominal temps-96 dBm-91 dBmRP-SMA2007-04-30
ALFA Network AWUS051NH v1abgnUSBRalinkRT2770RT2750-91 dBmRP-SMA2009-11-22
Airgo AGN0912AR-01bg+TrueMIMOMini PCI (long)AirgoAGN113BBAGN100RFPER = 0.08-102.5 dBm-101.5 dBm-100.5 dBm-97.5 dBmU.FL2005-07-22
Airgo AGN0922AR-01bg+TrueMIMOMini PCI (long)AirgoAGN102BBPER = 0.08-102.5 dBm-101.5 dBm-100.5 dBm-97.5 dBmU.FL2005-07-22
Airlink+ AWLH1201bPCIRealtekRTL8180LSA2400APER = 0.08-87 dBm-80 dBmRP-SMA2003-06-03
Broadcom BCM94301CBbPCMCIA (32-bit)BroadcomBCM4301BCM2051PER = 0.08-94 dBm-91 dBm-88 dBm-85 dBmunknown2002-11-26
Broadcom BCM94301MPbMini PCIBroadcomBCM4301BCM2051PER = 0.08-92 dBm-90 dBm-88 dBm-85 dBmU.FL2002-08-23
Cisco AIR-LMC352bPCMCIA (16-bit)Cisco08-0458-01HFA3863-94 dBm-91 dBm-89 dBm-85 dBmMMCX2000-10-27
... further results


 All PHY modesInterfaceCh1 brandCh1 modelCh2 modelNFO6M9M12M18M24M36M48M54MRF conn.FCC date
3Com 3CRWE254G72bgUSBIntersilISL3880-88 dBm-87 dBm-84 dBm-82 dBm-79 dBm-75 dBm-68 dBm-68 dBmnone specified2003-12-09
3Com OfficeConnect 3CRWE154G72 v1bgPCMCIA (32-bit)IntersilISL3880ISL3686A-88 dBm-88.5 dBm-85.6 dBm-85.4 dBm-79.8 dBm-78.8 dBm-69.6 dBm-67.6 dBmnone specified2003-06-10
ALFA Network AWUS036HbgUSBRealtekRTL8187LRTL8225PER < 0.10, nominal temps-91 dBm-85 dBm-82 dBm-81 dBm-80 dBm-78 dBm-76 dBm-71 dBmRP-SMA2007-04-30
ALFA Network AWUS051NH v1abgnUSBRalinkRT2770RT2750-93 dBm-77 dBmRP-SMA2009-11-22
Airgo AGN0912AR-01bg+TrueMIMOMini PCI (long)AirgoAGN113BBAGN100RFPER = 0.10-99.5 dBm-97.5 dBm-94.5 dBm-93.5 dBm-89.5 dBm-87.5 dBm-82.5 dBm-81.5 dBmU.FL2005-07-22
Airgo AGN0922AR-01bg+TrueMIMOMini PCI (long)AirgoAGN102BBPER = 0.10-99.5 dBm-97.5 dBm-94.5 dBm-93.5 dBm-89.5 dBm-87.5 dBm-82.5 dBm-81.5 dBmU.FL2005-07-22
Compex WLU108AG-MCabgUSBAtherosAR5523AR5112-95 dBm-72 dBmMC2008-02-01
D-Link DWL-G520ibgPCIIntel82532RGEPER = 0.10-88 dBm-87 dBm-84 dBm-82 dBm-79 dBm-75 dBm-68 dBm-68 dBmU.FL2004-04-19
EnGenius EUB-362 EXTbgUSBAtherosAR5523AR2112-91 dBm-76 dBmRP-SMA2005-10-26
EnGenius EUB-862abgUSBAtherosAR5523AR5112-91 dBm-76 dBmnone specified2005-10-25
... further results

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