Networking & wireless forum: What's the latest in wireless router technology?

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) January 21, 2011 1:11 PM PST

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What's the latest in wireless router technology?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 1/21/11 1:11 PM

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What's the latest in wireless router technology?


Hope your members can help me. My D-Link b/g wireless router of 7 years finally is heading south (randomly turns off) and it's time to shop for a new one. I haven't been keeping up with all the latest and greatest router technology and I'm not keen on the entire wireless set up as the previous one was set up by a co-worker. I believe when I got my router 'g' speed was the fastest. What letters are they up to now, are we at Z? LOL. I'm sure it's much faster now, and I hear of 'n' technology. Is this the standard now? Are there any draw back of going this route--pros and cons? Is signal strength better (I'm not getting a good signal with my current one.)? How much speed difference would I see going to 'n'? Are there new features built in? Is it more secure? More costly, or should I just go ahead and buy another 'g' router. Also if all my wireless connections are b/g compatible, will getting a 'n' wireless router be completely useless as I won't be using the full potential of the router speed. Sorry I have so many questions, I'm just completely out of the loop and a bit lost. Please help educate this 61 year old geezer. Much appreciated.

--Submitted by Ronald G.

Here are some member answers to get you started, but
please read all the advice and suggestions that our
members have contributed to this question.

Wireless networking --Submitted by waytron
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-7589_102-5068913.html

For the home, 802.11n is the best for now --Submitted by Flatworm
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-7589_102-5068879.html

Half of the answer is missing --Submitted by timhood
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-7589_102-5068786.html

Wireless-n has been good to me *smile* --Submitted by Doh_1
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-7589_102-5068561.html

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