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Author Topic: Upgrade to wireless n router?  (Read 2111 times)

StKi1da

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Upgrade to wireless n router?
« on: February 18, 2012, 12:44:11 PM »

I'm sure this must be a noob question - but here we go.

I have a 2Mb internet connection at the router.  I currently have a wireless-g router (Netgear D834G Firmware 1.02.02).

I have typically a couple of laptops / ipad  "active" on the wireless network although if everyone's on the network it occasionally rises to 3 laptops plus ipad and ps3.  I also have a media player into the TV and a separate NAS connected to the router via ethernet leads.  I have various open ports configured for gaming etc, all the wireless devices are configured to the secure wireless network etc.  I get a good wireless signal pretty much everywhere in the house.

My ISP has sent me a D-link 2680 n router.  This router has just 2 ethernet connections in the back (the netgear has 4).

In that a 54mbps connection exceeds my 2mb internet speed, and the services benefiting from higher speeds operate on a wired network anyway - is there any benefit in moving to the n router?  Would the "faff" of re-configuring the router and pc's actually be worth it?

Thanks

StKi1da





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roseway

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Re: Upgrade to wireless n router?
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2012, 01:00:44 PM »

I think that the simple answer is 'no'. Depending on what version of the DG834G you have (*), the D-Link might deliver a higher connection speed (unless your connection is a fixed speed one), so I think it would be worth trying the new router for that reason, but I don't think it will improve your wireless quality. The only reason you might want to upgrade to wireless N is to speed up transfers between the different machines on your network, if you do any of that.

* If the DG834G is a v4, then there's unlikely to be any significant difference in ADSL performance between the two routers.
« Last Edit: February 18, 2012, 01:02:53 PM by roseway »
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Re: Upgrade to wireless n router?
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2012, 01:05:06 PM »

is there any benefit in moving to the n router? 
If you don't like your neighbours it improves your chances of messing up their wireless connections by grabbing more channels.  >:D
(apart from that only what roseway said)
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StKi1da

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Re: Upgrade to wireless n router?
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2012, 02:41:57 PM »

Ta guys.  I'll leave what works alone.
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