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How truly fast are wireless routers?

by horatius11 / December 29, 2009 4:55 AM PST

Hi:

My motorola cable modem download speed is 15Mbps, I want to get a wireless router for home. N-routers claim up to >300Mbps, which wireless router should I get and what is the best speed that I can expect?

I thought the wireless speed is limited by the cable modem speed. Is this right?

thanks

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Re:wireless routers
by Kees Bakker / December 29, 2009 5:15 AM PST

You're quite right about Internet speed (browse, play games, view streaming video, download). The slowest link determines the maximum speed you can reach. And that's that 15 Mbps modem. In practice, you won't even reach that speed.

But you'll note a difference when transferring files between different computers in your home network. Like when you transfer a 4 GB movie from your PC to your home media server. Or when making a backup across the network to your networked file server. Or don't you have such?

Kees

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Re:wireless routers
by horatius11 / December 29, 2009 5:40 AM PST
In reply to: Re:wireless routers

Thanks for the comments.

I currently do not have a wireless router and no network. I am planning install a wireless router to do such tasks. I just don't want to invest too much into the future like > 4 years when we know technologies are upgraded yearly.

Also, I like to have an idea as to what I'm paying for in a wireless router rather than blindly submit to "you get what you pay for philosophy."

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I'd go for the D-Link Dir-655
by Slikkster / December 30, 2009 12:41 AM PST
In reply to: Re:wireless routers

Caveat: If you buy this router, you would be wise to NOT upgrade the "firmware" to the current 1.32 revision. There have been many reports of people having problems with this revision, whereas the previous (and most likely installed at purchase) 1.21 firmware was relatively problem free.

Read reviews here:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=N82E16833127215

The router has very good reviews (save for the firmware issue). It should come with the 1.21 firmware. It has "StreamEngine" Quality of Service, which prioritizes packets for VOIP phones and gaming. In other words, it puts those packets to the top of the list when they are detected, so your VOIP phone and/or gaming doesn't suffer from concurrent activitity on the router.

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