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Wireless G or Wireless N?

by ecsekki / May 19, 2008 9:42 AM PDT

I'm wondering what is a better choice for me as i want to connect my laptop, ps3, and wii through a wireless router. Any suggestions on a type of router? I was looking at the Linksys wireless N router, but i have no idea about router technology. i prefer a router that is under $100. Thanks.

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Speed is the only difference. . .
by Coryphaeus / May 19, 2008 9:15 PM PDT

between G (54 Mb/s) and N (~100 Mb/s). Both well and fast enough for gaming. Stay with a brand name; Belkin, D-link, Linksys, etc.

I have the D-link DIR-655. Top reviews.

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speed is NOT the only difference
by okaysee / May 20, 2008 8:05 AM PDT

N routers offer greater wireless coverage over G routers. that being said, i have a G router that i spent $100 on nearly 5 years ago. i live in a split level home. the router's in the basement and i get a good signal 3 levels up in the attic.

with regards to speed, your ISP will only deliver service AT A FRACTION of what your wireless router is capable of transmitting. if you had a B router (the oldest of the bunch finishing in at 11Mbps) you would STILL have more bandwidth than even the best internet connection can provide (currently verizon FIOS here in the states for residential use).

i would recommend you go with a G router. depending on where all your devices are, it will provide better coverage than a B router (again, my G router covers my ENTIRE HOUSE) at a fraction of the cost of today's latest N routers. i bought a trendnet G router the other day, not because i really needed it, but because IT ONLY COST $10!!! a $10 backup network device is pretty good.

since you can't save much (if any at all) by opting for a B router, you may as well go with the G which offers better technology anyway. however, going w/ a G router WILL save you a minimum of $80 upwards on average.

the fact of the matter is, if you have a good G router, nobody needs N right now. you won't see any real world performance increases in speed unless you're doing HEAVY in home wireless file sharing between devices (which a vast majority of the wireless community doesn't do).

in conclusion, go with the G unless (and this is my final unless) you have to cover a large amount of square footage. if your home spans 100 yards, go with the N. if you're like the rest of us, go with a good G router (my netgear's wireless range pretty much rocks).

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Not true
by Achilles_Heel_ / April 27, 2012 2:20 AM PDT

This use to be true that a wireless B Router would suffice but its not anymore. My ISP (comcast) offers up to 12mbps as theri most basic plan in my area. And its more than 12 because they need some leeway so 14 or 15. I pay extra and im suppose to get 20mbps but speedtest.net tells me im getting 34mbps.

Also if you plan on transferring, sharing or streaming Files with computers in your home/ local network, your gonna want something fast. Most Computers ethernet Cards offer at least 100mbps and so does wireless-N. So it would only make sense to get wireless-N cause a lot of people stream movies or music to some sort of home theater, and they also share printers. Also ISP are only getting faster. Comcast is currently leading the herd. One day 100mbps will be standard, i dont know why you would need it but one day you will. Plus, i got my linksys wireless-N router for $40 bucks on sale.

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