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Need best router for multiple pc's....2.4ghz or 5.0ghz?


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#1 stinkfist

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Posted 20 November 2010 - 12:58 PM

Well I am getting ready to buy a top of the line router for my home to replace my WRT160N V3 Cisco. I have 7 wired pc's with cat 6 cable and some with Panasonic wall adapters http://reviews.cnet.com/adapters-nics/panasonic-hd-plc-ethernet/4505-3380_7-31940392.html?tag=also. Also have two laptops one with wireless G and other with N. Have two PS3's and one Wii , two iPhones. I just got a new HD media player that is connected with cat 6 and Panasonic adapter. So you can see I have alot to handle as far as connections. I have a 30Mpbs Internet connection right now. What one of these routers would you recommend for my set up? Or do you have a different one in mind. have really no spending limit. Also would the 5.0ghz make a difference for me? Does the pc or laptop or iPhone have to be able to use the 5.0ghz for it to work? How does the Simultaneous Dual Band work?



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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833127215&Tpk=D-Link%20DIR-655%20Wireless%20Router



http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833122326&Tpk=Netgear%20N600%20Wireless%20Dual%20Band%20Gigabit%20Router%20WND



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Posted 20 November 2010 - 02:39 PM

I would suggest a router like this one: Linksys E3000. Add a gigabit switch if you need more wired connections. Dual band works by allow devices that cannot use the 5Ghz band to connect using the 2.4 Ghz band. Devices can access one or the other can be used at the same time.
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Posted 20 November 2010 - 02:48 PM

I would suggest a router like this one: Linksys E3000. Add a gigabit switch if you need more wired connections. Dual band works by allow devices that cannot use the 5Ghz band to connect using the 2.4 Ghz band. Devices can access one or the other can be used at the same time.



Thanks.... I have that on my list but I am not very impressed with my WRT160n Cisco. http://www.amazon.com/Cisco-Linksys-WRT160N-Wireless-N-Broadband-Router/dp/B000Z3U1P6 How much different is the E3000 from mine? It has Gigabit. It is alot more then the Dlink which has higher ratings but I don't think is dual band. What devices can't use 5.0ghz? iPhone,ps3,laptops?

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Posted 20 November 2010 - 02:53 PM

What devices can't use 5.0ghz? iPhone,ps3,laptops?


Any device that has the wireless G or B rating cannot use it, any thing that carries the wireless N standard can use it. Devices such as the new iPhone can use it I believe the PS3 can as well.

Edited by computerxpds, 20 November 2010 - 02:54 PM.

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Posted 20 November 2010 - 03:13 PM

If anything, it would be between Netgear and Cisco. Not the D-Link or the Apple, but that's just me; and I did have a look at the specs and took on-board your circumstances, but these are just not at the same level.

I found the Netgear to be pretty ahead of the others.

Cisco does come with its proprietary software utilities which are quite good and tempting, and it delivers some decent specs but you can't beat the throughput of over 500 Mbps of the Netgear and the Powerful 680 MHz processor – Capable of high-speed, dual-band wireless access, wired gigabit speeds, and fast USB storage access—even when multiple devices are running multiple applications simultaneously.

For your needs, the Netgear seems to be the right one.

Don't take my word for it though, this is just my personal opinion, and I may just be very wrong :whistle:
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