what to look for when buying N-speed router

January 19, 2011 at 11:52:39
Specs: Windows 7
I want to buy a n-speed wireless router to replace my current D-Link G-speed router, and I'm wondering what to look for. I was looking at bestbuy and they have on sale a belkin, a netgear, and a linksys, for $49, $59,and $69, respectively. Should I just get the cheapest one, or are there other factors like power and reception?

I want to get a new dvd player that can stream movies (from netflix), and I think I need n-speed. I also often work at home for a display booth website doing design and web work, which is nice but means way too much time spent online, and it would be nice to be able to get a decent signal in the backyard (it's extremely hit or miss right now).

So are all n-speed wireless routers basically the same, or is there anything I should look for?
Thanks in advance!

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January 19, 2011 at 12:27:30

Do your own homework. I personally look for Wireless Signal Strength and Wireless Security.

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April 27, 2011 at 12:11:40
I personally think speed and security are the biggest issues when purchasing a wireless router. More so on the security because the speed is dependent on your internet connection and the signal strength. Not to mention I just read an article the other day about a man that was arrested for downloading child porn but they later found out that his neighbor was stealing his signal. So security is most definitely one the most important aspects of purchasing a router. Literature Racks

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April 27, 2011 at 12:21:56
I've yet to see a wireless capable SOHO Router that didn't come with security for the wireless network.

The problem is getting the people who own them to use WPA encryption with a complex password to protect it.

I would get either a "dual band" or a straight 5 Ghz router.

Just keep one thing in mind. Wireless is what it is and that means it's inherently insecure (since it's signal is openly broadcast) and it's inherently susceptible to lag and latency issues.

While WPA encryption does provide good security, it's not infallible and can be broken with enough time and CPU cycles. This isn't an issue for most home users though as there are still too many unsecured WLAN's out there to make the war drivers want to bother cracking a secured one. DO NOT use WEP encryption. With the right software, it can be cracked in just a few minutes.

The lag and latency issues aren't going to be bothersome unless you plan on up/downloading lots or are a gamer. If you are a gamer or you do up/download a lot, connect your computer to the router with a network cable and you will achieve the best performance.

A 100 Mbps wireless connection is not the same as (or near as reliable) as a 100 Mbps wired connection.

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April 27, 2011 at 15:46:45
All N-class routers are NOT equal. It always helps to check customer input on the various models, so try checking the reviews at http://www.newegg.com, or even at the WalMart website for that matter. As Curt R pointed out, you might want to consider getting a dual-band or even a 5 GHz router, but remember that to take advantage of its 5 GHz speed, you will need to have network cards that can also take advantage of that speed.

1 Corinthians 15:3-4

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