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How much, if any, would, hardwood or even plywood cutdown wifi strength?

Say anywhere from .5-2" (inches) thick.

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Judging from what I've read, it will pass through bare hard wood floors better than it will pass through a carpeted one. It's recommended that if you have the ability to do so, place the device in the room that has bare hardwood floors if the signal is to pass through the floor. Or, if the ceiling is the floor of the next level above and that level's floor above this room has a bare hardwood floor, then that's good if the signal is to pass through that. It's better than passing through carpet. Either way, wood doesn't interfere very much.

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From a quick look around the web, wood will reduce the signal by at least 3db, or about 50% for the signal strength. 2" wood will probably reduce it more than that, I've seen some sources say a 6db cut in signal strength with 1.75" solid wood doors.

Sources : -

http://people.csail.mit.edu/fadel/papers/wivi-paper.pdf Page 3 table 1

http://www.ci.cumberland.md.us/new_site/index.php/contents/view/635 - downloads a PDF doc

http://www.metageek.net/blog/2013/04/dead-spots-and-slow-zones/
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