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Wireless-G vs Wireless-N Router


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#1 Kodiak_Kid

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 05:50 PM

Hello,

I'm about to purchase a wireless router and was wondering what, besides range, are the major performance issues between Wireless-G vs Wireless-N routers?

I've visited my local BigBox electronics store a few times and they all tell me, "if range is not an issue, just go with the wireless-g b/c it is cheaper. That the speed improvement between G an N is negligible and you will probably not notice any difference." Now this is great b/c I like to save money but I get the sneaking suspicion that they are just pushing a specific wireless g model on me b/c they always put the same product in my hands. The product does have a good review but that was in January of 2003.

The price difference b/w the two is about $30 for new hardware. So basically I need to know, is it worth it to spend the extra money?

Thanks for any and all help!

Edited by Kodiak_Kid, 13 January 2010 - 05:52 PM.


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Posted 13 January 2010 - 10:12 PM

Just remember that to get the improvements of N its not just the router but also the wireless cards connecting to it that need to be N. If you are looking to buy a wireless setup from scratch, even if the price is more than $30, you'll be better off buying N. I say that because while they will make B/G stuff, they won't develop new stuff for B/G. So if you're starting from scratch get the latest stuff out.

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Posted 15 January 2010 - 08:00 PM

Hello,

I'm about to purchase a wireless router and was wondering what, besides range, are the major performance issues between Wireless-G vs Wireless-N routers?

I've visited my local BigBox electronics store a few times and they all tell me, "if range is not an issue, just go with the wireless-g b/c it is cheaper. That the speed improvement between G an N is negligible and you will probably not notice any difference." Now this is great b/c I like to save money but I get the sneaking suspicion that they are just pushing a specific wireless g model on me b/c they always put the same product in my hands. The product does have a good review but that was in January of 2003.

The price difference b/w the two is about $30 for new hardware. So basically I need to know, is it worth it to spend the extra money?

Thanks for any and all help!


I get 54 Mbps with g and 300 Mbps with N. The difference is very significant. You'll have to make sure your adapters can handle it, too!




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