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Is an N router going to be the best option


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#1 cap2587

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Posted 28 February 2009 - 09:37 PM

A friend of mine just bought a Acer Mini notebook that supports IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11G. Does this mean that buying the latest N router is a waste of time. Can you get N router speeds if your Notebook only supports B/G. Thanks.

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 02:59 PM

I am working off a mini Acer right now, I have a Linksys WRT160N. After a few initial problems with ver11 firmware I switched to ver8, the liitle Acer runs fine on wireless. I seen discernible difference in speed from when I hard wired it, IMO N is here nto stay ai would go with it.

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 08:13 PM

yes the laptop will run on the N router, but only at the G speeds. personally, if your planning on getting a N adaptor or planning on creating a wireless N home network in the future, go ahead and buy the router-N is the latest and greated out there right now. however, if your not planning on upgrading your entire homenetwork to N at some point, if it were me Id save the money and just buy a G router. my home wireless network is entirely G and I have no problems with it. I do all my gaming via landline and my web surfing doesnt need to have a 300 meg wireless connection, especially since my internet is just 15 meg, and G has enough range so I can access it anywhere in my house via my laptop with no noticible internet slow down unless I game on it which I never do, I just use the laptop for general surfing/chatting. but its your choice, N is completly backwards compatible. :D

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 08:17 PM

N is for like.. People with giant mansions and with hugeeeeee connections.. And for corporations. I'd just stick to a good ol' 100 mbps G-Speed :]
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Posted 01 March 2009 - 10:15 PM

N is for like.. People with giant mansions and with hugeeeeee connections.. And for corporations. I'd just stick to a good ol' 100 mbps G-Speed :]


Swordie I have a regular sized cape not a big house to be sure, I have to boxes and my laptop on my router. I can use my laptop any where within 100 feet of my house. I don't want to feel limited to where & when I can use my laptop, it is nice to have the added range. Plus what many don't know is that most all N routers work just fine with both N&G, don't make sense to limit yourself.

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 04:21 AM

it does if youd rather spend the extra money on say food or gas or perhaps a better video card when you dont need to surf the web from 2 blocks away :thumbsup:

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 02:36 AM

Might also want to note that with Wireless N routers, if you connect a wireless G device to it, the whole network drops down to the wireless G speed. So if your looking to get a wireless N router to take advantage of that new computer, you may want to look into a Dual Band Wireless N router, so that your Wireless N cards can connect at the N speed's, and then your wireless G devices can still connect at the wireless G speeds and not interfere with the N signals, or bog the network down.




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