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Will upgrading 802.11b router to n-draft be faster connect

by josephfuentes / February 2, 2009 1:03 PM PST

Here is my scenario:
1 PC at home. Centrino-2 (and all its implications) 802.11n wifi capable
6Mbps DSL dowstream802.11n draft
802.11b grade wireless modem router (combo box)
Distance PC to modem.router: 30ft. No obstruction, no interference

My question is then:
If I change my 802.11b to a n draft, will I see a noticeable increase in my web browing response time? Faster downloads?

With all things being equal, same PC, same DSL line, same ol' websites, if I "swap out" the wifi piece of the overall connection to a faster one (b to n) will I get more throughput, better performance?

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I'm going with no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 2, 2009 11:00 PM PST

802.11b is 11 megabit and that's above most if not all internet connections most of us have.

So while there may be some gain, it won't be much unless you are not getting 11 megabit.

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what about throughput considerations?
by josephfuentes / February 3, 2009 1:05 AM PST
In reply to: I'm going with no.

I just found out that the throughput, not just the line speed, that matters but the actual Throughput. Big difference. Here is what I know so far: (second column is Mbps)
b - 11Mbps 4.5 thruput
g - 54Mbps 19 thruput
n - 300Mbps 74 thruput

Also with N draft it uses MIMO which should greatly increase the flow to/from the PC and the router.
So if this is the case would it stand to reason that a network performance increase should be seen (due to "swapping"out the wifi piece of the equation)? Thoughts anyone?

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I'm going with no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 3, 2009 1:21 AM PST

Even at 4.5 megabit you are still well above the usual internet connection speed and since you have one and only one PC on wifi there will be no great payback.

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by Phil Crase / February 3, 2009 11:42 PM PST

Speed, likely not, range likely increased considerably. If your system has Draft N on board and since what you have is an old B gateway (went out with knee pants) I would bite the bullet and opt for the Draft N, if for nothing else just for the upgrade.

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did quite get your response
by josephfuentes / February 4, 2009 4:18 AM PST
In reply to: DRAFT N

speed, likely not, range will increase noticeably I think you wrote

Are you saying that speed will increase because of moving to N draft? The distance will pretty much remain the same, 30Ft. I didn't quite get it thanks

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