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internet laptop compatability with Router types

Hello all,

I'm considering purchasing a cheap laptop that is listed as "802.11 b/g/n". I've done a little research on the different classes of routers and speeds. Does this mean that said laptop would not be able to connect (at all) with an A or an AC router, or that I could connect but it just wouldn't be able to receive data at the same speeds as these routers are capable of transmitting?

Thanks for your help, and sorry if I'm using any incorrect terminology...

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A Little Reading..

From the link below:
http://compnetworking.about.com/cs/wireless80211/a/aa80211standard.htm

802.11ac
The newest generation of Wi-Fi signaling in popular use, 802.11ac utilizes dual band wireless technology, supporting simultaneous connections on both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi bands. 802.11ac offers backward compatibility to 802.11b/g/n and bandwidth rated up to 1300 Mbps on the 5 GHz band plus up to 450 Mbps on 2.4 GHz.


The computer should still connect to a dual-band router which uses 802.11ac but will connect at the appropriate speed for the computer's wifi adapter.

Hope this helps.

Grif

Post was last edited on January 21, 2016 1:18 PM PST

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Routers are downward compatible

with wireless cards. if you have a laptop with 802.11 G card and the router with 802.11 AC the router would boradcast at AC but the G card would only receive at 802.11 G speeds. If you want trus AC speeds you have options.

1. Purchase a USB wireless adapter
2. Purchase a internal wireless card from like amazon (around $30) and replace your self. It easy 1 screw andsnap the antenna on and off.
3. Purchas a card and pay for someone like the geek squad to do.

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