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I'm still confused about the difference between the Wireless N and G routers. For instance, I know that Wireless G usually have 54Mps and Wireless N have 150Mps, 300, and etc. Does this effect the speed of it? Some people say yes and some say no.. Plz someone explain to me...

asked Mar 22 '12 at 02:39

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Steve Nam

Well besides the speed between the router and the device that is connected with the router itself not that much. The only bottleneck that you will experience is going from the router onto the internet itself. Since your going at the maximum rate of the wireless connection itself between the two devices like the router and a wireless laptop or desktop that has that connection whether it is a g connection or a N connection at 150 or 300 for N and 54 at the g connection. The wireless connection is the same on how they communicate between each other like using wpa-psk or wpa2-aec are just the encryptions for them.

answered Mar 22 '12 at 11:34

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802.11n allows for higher speeds but you will not always get the benefit of n speeds. you will mainly notice improved speeds if the router is running in 40MHz mode, if it is in 20MHz mode then you are likely to only get 802.11g speeds if you are not very close to the router.

The 20MHz and 40MHz issue has to do with the "good neighbor policy" with many 300mbit wireless routers which puts the router into 20MHz mode if another access point is detected.

For routers with the good neighbor policy disabled/ non implemented yet (I have one router that I sue as an access point along with my wnr3500l too get proper 802.11n speeds.

with the good neighbor policy, with the router on one side of the house and my room on the other I get about 1500KB/s (kilobytes)

with the router without the good neighbor policy, I get about 5000KB/s (kilobytes)

I personally feel that the good neighbor policy is a scam because with a dual band router at around the same range, the wifi speed jumps to around 5000KB/s

basically all the extra cost of dual band does is restores much of the performance you lose due to the implementation of the good neighbor policy and not actually offer a performance boost as compared to a single band router that has not been neutered.

answered Mar 22 '12 at 15:56

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Until recently I had an router that my ISP provided with my 20/2 internet connection, this had built in N connection...

Last week I purchased an Apple Airport Extreme and the different is definetely noticble. I was tired of always loosing connection with my ISP router, so I switched off the router function in that (Is also my modem) and connected the Air port extreme... The 5GHZ n connection makes HUGE difference compared to the 2,5GHZ connection.

In theory I now have 2 networks, one that runs at n 2,5GHZ and the other at 5GHZ. The 5GHZ I have my Xbox 360, all my macs and my iPad on, where as the 2,5ghz I have as a multiband and that has my PS3, iPhone4, Wii and older PCs..

It certainly makes a difference imo :o)

answered Mar 22 '12 at 18:16

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Lee Wood

Also one thing I forgot to mention if your switch routers. Make sure that the router firmware is up to date. My older wireless router which was from Dlink was already End Of Life. And there were no more updates for it. My current one from TP-link which is my current one was missing the latest firmware. and updated it. and is working fine after extensive tweaking it the way I need it over here as well. So make sure if you feel comfortable updating the firmware from the manufacturer of the router. Please do it will keep it up to date. Or have it do it automatically when one is available.

answered Jun 20 '12 at 20:13

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