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#1 jqh


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Posted 24 January 2012 - 05:34 PM

my son's computer (W7) has a Broadcom f/g network adapter. He upgraded his router to an "N" type and was told by Linksys that he needed an "N" network adapter. Best Buy guy said he didn't because the "N" router would compensate for the difference. But other on-line sources indicated that the f/g adapter would slow down the faster input from the 'N" router. What's the answer? Should I get a "N" adapter for a faster signal or is it OK?

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#2 LucheLibre


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Posted 24 January 2012 - 05:45 PM

The router will work with the 'G' adapter if it has been set to. This is usually called 'mixed mode' or something similar in the settings. It's also usually the default.

However, the connection will only work as fast as the 'G' adapter. An 'N' adapter has benefits of both range and speed, so if the cost is not an problem, then upgrading is desirable.

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