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wireless g versus N?

I have a small home network using an old Linksys b router than I need to update (I get great internet speed through the ethernet ports, but <300kbps wireless after updating firmware, etc.). Needed to update anyway as the b signal barely reaches far end of house.

I have Sony and Dell laptops both purchased in the last 6 months that both have a/g/n internal wi-fi. No one in the house games or streams movies, so speed not a real priority, just need better distance and good web surfing.

Should I jump to an N router or save some money and go with one of the g routers with SRX? That is, assuming that the network cards in my Sony and Dell will work with SRX?


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In reply to: wireless g versus N?

I have Sony and Dell laptops both purchased in the last 6 months that both have a/g/n wifi cards built in. No one in house games or steams video, so just need good, reliable service for internet surfing and good range.

Should I jump right to N now for range, or save some money and get a g with SRX, assuming that the cards in my laptops work with SRX, which I don't know??


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Just sharing.

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My router is a simple 802.11g unit but since I follow the advice about where to place it (not in the basement!) I can connect to it 2 houses down the street about 200 feet away. Many times I find the router in the basement or on the floor.

Your 802.11b gear is dated so in my opinion any current router should do fine.

What am I using? The Buffalo WHR-HP-G54 running OpenWRT.


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I maybe somewhat guilty...I don't have a basement (Florida), and my house is only 1 story, but the router is in the computer cabinet under the computer and only about 2 feet of the floor. Can raising it higher and getting it farther away from the computer really make that big a diff? Incidently, I went ahead and replaced the b with an N and still have the same issues with speed, which didn't show up on the b till a week or so ago, so I'm thinking the cable modem or something else must be the problem not the router. But it is odd that I get such good connection speed when using the router's ethernet ports but not on wireless. Read lots of online answers about this, but never seem to find an answer that fits.

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"in the computer cabinet"

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That's not good. We have a forum sticky about the settings we endorse. Try those.

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where can I find the settings

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Where is the sticky b/c I would like to see the recommended settings.

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Top of the forum.

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If you look at the forum postings it's at the top.

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wireless router location

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If it's in the Start Here for Tips thread, I see no mention of location suggestions. The only reference I found re: a basement was one of the posters saying that he DID have his located in his basement.
So, could someone point one to tips on where to best locate one's wireless router?

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