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Gigabit router to maximize Wireless N
on May 22, 2013
I was initially concerned because it took over two hours to connect to COMCAST, it kept saying that service was denied. But when it got registered and authenticated, it worked perfectly for me and my home network.
This product appealed to me because it was a cable modem and wireless n router with gigabit capability. From my understanding, gigabit capability is important if you consider the following:
1. Let's say you are using a a router that has only 10/100 network capacity, as opposed to a gigabit, which is 10/100/1000.
2. Wireless G has a max rate of 108Mbps and Wireless N has a max rate of 300Mbps.
3. Cat5 has a max transfer rate of 100Mbps.
What is limiting your speed? if you have a 10/100 router, then no matter wireless n or g, it will be limited to 100Mbps. If you are using Cat5e, Cat6, or Cat7, then you can handle gigabit speeds (and ten gigabit in some cases), but if you are using cat5, then that could be your limiting factor. The weakest link will determine your speed. If you want to max your potential for wireless n (300Mbps), you need to have at least a cat5e and a gigabit router with wireless-n to handle traffic higher than 108Mbps (potentially up to 300Mbps wireless and higher physically connected).
Of course, if your internet connectivity from your provider is terrible or slow, this is all pointless. If you want to maximize the potential from your provider, as I did, you could consider picking this up. (I apologize if some of the figures are slightly off, but I believe this concept is sound.)
Using speedtest.net, I get:
Download: 55.35 Mbps
Upload: 10.92 Mbps
My internet plan is for:
Upload: 10Mbps, so I am satisfied with this product.