Mar 18th, 2012, 02:11 AM
I'm still old skool with the good old linksys wrt54gl with tomato, works well except I'm now looking to upgrade to a good N router. What is the best wireless N router for home user? Which router is RFD approved? I've looked up on the forum and it seems people like the Linksys E3000-RM Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Router, is this the most recommended router? Also, can someone explain to me what is dual band mean? Isn't all wifi signal (A,B,G,N) using 2.4 ghz? What's up with the 5 Ghz stuff?
Also, I'm going fully wireless at home so gonna need a better wireless card for my desktop PC, it can be PCI, PCI-e, or usb. I have a rosewell RNX-N100 wireless N usb adapter but it's not that great, also a pci wireless g card which is also not that impressive, any suggestion on the most recommended card/usb wireless N adapter?
Mar 18th, 2012, 12:48 PM
If you have a bunch of wireless G devices that you're updating to Wireless N then I don't think they're dual band. Dual band means it runs on more frequencies so it can go on 5.8 Ghz and there's less interference with other nearby electronics as a result. But if your router is dual band and the devices being used like a laptop or gaming console aren't then I don't think it'll make as much difference. The technology is still a bit newer on the consumer market and the range isn't any better than a normal wireless N.
I'd recommend this one for good stability which is obviously the most important thing for us home users. The range is decent in a normal house but if you have a big one and have the router in the basement and are on the top floor then it'll still function but a drop off in range. For laptops with a decent wireless card it's not an issue but it can be for some cell-phones or maybe new devices, I don't know how the wifi is on an iPad or tablet. The one I got was this recently because my d-link's signal was poor and it kept dropping connections. The problem with the routers from this company is that they aren't so user friendly like the d-link was so doing stuff like port forwarding takes quite a bit of googling for an avg computer user like me but the connection is really stable. It also has detachable antennas which is why I bought it in case the signal was too weak and I'd need to buy stronger antennas but the original ones seem to work fine:
I'd try to buy a normal wireless router under $40 for now and then maybe pick up a dual band router once they're a bit cheaper and you have some devices that support it.
Mar 18th, 2012, 01:20 PM
Hmmm still leaning towards a dual band, so what about wireless card? Or any will do?