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    Wireless router

    I'm making the switch back to Mediacom from DSL and would like to buy a new wireless -n router. Any recommendations?



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    Re: Wireless router

    Using the router for only wireless or will you have a PC hooked directly up to it as well?



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    Re: Wireless router

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    Using the router for only wireless or will you have a PC hooked directly up to it as well?
    Both plus voip.



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    Re: Wireless router

    I have an old Netgear G laying around that may work. Is upgrading to N even worth it?



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    Re: Wireless router

    The more I think about it the more I think it may be a waste to upgrade for me. Yes, my laptops are compatible with N but my PS3 isn't and that's what I use for Netflix and am most concerned about speed.



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    Re: Wireless router

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    I have an old Netgear G laying around that may work. Is upgrading to N even worth it?
    IMO, to some extent. I have a wireless N gigabit router. I think the gigabit is more valuable than the wireless N at this point. And the reason I asked if you'd have items connected directly to the router was for the gigabit suggestion I would make if the answer was yes.

    I have the Linksys Wireless-N Gigabit router and love it...and highly recommend it.

    Linksys by Cisco Wireless-N Gigabit Router WRT310N

    They are about $100 new (a bit less on some sites) or you could save $50 and get a Linksys certified refurbished router on Buy.com.

    Linksys - WRT310N Wireless-N Gigabit Router - Refurbished - WRT310N-RM - Buy.com



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    Re: Wireless router

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    The more I think about it the more I think it may be a waste to upgrade for me. Yes, my laptops are compatible with N but my PS3 isn't and that's what I use for Netflix and am most concerned about speed.
    Buy your router for the future, for the minimal expense you're ready for the next wave of game/movie streaming consoles.



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    Re: Wireless router

    Eh, maybe, maybe not. It won't really do much for your internet speed, but it will make streaming files or moving files to other places on your own network considerably faster. You can probably get more range out of n if that's a concern to you. If I was buying new I'd do it just because I wouldn't want to have to rebuy later on, and I don't think the price difference is that much.



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    Re: Wireless router

    If you get one, get with custom firmware (like dd-wrt, tomato,etc) compatibility. Using those fimwares add a lot of functionality to your router.



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    Re: Wireless router

    I have a feeling this switch over is going to be a nightmare.

    1 PC
    2 laptops
    1 PS3
    2 Directv DVR's
    1 Wireless printer
    1 SLingbox



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    Re: Wireless router

    I think it won't be near as bad as you anticipate. The newer routers are so much easier to get connected and play better with other devices.



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    Re: Wireless router

    If you were buying new I'd say just go ahead and get the n. It's the most widely available technology today. Any difference in cost between it and g is going to be negligible.

    If you already have g available, I wouldn't bother upgrading until it dies. The speed relates only to your own internal network and will not help with internet speeds. Your internet speed is (unless you have an unusually fast connection) controlled by your internet connection. If you have a very large network where multiple users are sending large files or streaming very high quality video simultaneously, you might consider n. But if you have a good internet connection, you should be capable of streaming 1080p from the internet and this is not going to tax g technology.



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    Re: Wireless router

    yeah you don't need N as long as you don't need the extra range. You won't notice the extra speed.



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    Re: Wireless router

    Quote Originally Posted by cytech View Post
    yeah you don't need N as long as you don't need the extra range. You won't notice the extra speed.
    Agreed with this.

    Even netflix streaming won't make a lick of difference. You're still limited to the speed of your broadband connection, which even G should easily handle.

    N's big advantage is that you pick up some extra range.

    Gigabit ethernet for the home is pretty overrated anyway, IMO. It doesn't hurt things, but it really doesn't give you a huge benefit either, unless you are constantly moving very large files around. I have 100mbit on most of my devices and do move a fairly large number of large files around, but it honestly doesn't matter that I have to wait 2 minutes instead of 1:30 for a file transfer, since it's mostly archiving and it just does it in the background.

    As far as the pain of moving, I doubt there would be any, really. Just clone the settings from your old setup and you should be good to go.

    I have the following attached to my router and it took me 5 minutes to upgrade to a new one:

    3 DVRs
    2 PCs
    1 "server"
    2 Notebooks
    1 Xbox
    1 Wireless Bridge
    1 Cell Phone
    1 Airrave

    and probably some other stuff that I'm forgetting. It's really not a big deal.


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    Re: Wireless router

    I have a brand new linksys wireless G usb adapter in box with cd and instructions if you or anyone could use it. It can be had cheap, shoot me a pm



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