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January 30, 2014 12:33:23 PM

Hi,
In my house I currently have the WRT54GL wireless router.
The devices I have are

WIRED through router:
Windows 7 Desktop

WIRELESS through router
Galaxy S3
IPhone 5 (wireless n)
Vizio smart TV (wireless n)
Windows 8 laptop (wireless n)

Now the smart TV we just got, and the laptop is being shipped now. So my question is, should I look into a wireless n router? Both te smart tv and the laptop will be used most, especially for streaming and downloading. My internet provider is Time Warner Cable @ 15/1mbps

Granted, I know wirelss G handles up to 54mbps, but will wireless N help when streaming over wireless? What about dual band? If I should get the wireless N, should I use the 5GHz range?

Thanks :) 

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a b D Laptop
January 30, 2014 1:36:14 PM

N runs at faster speeds, but in my experience it does a somewhat poorer job at penetrating obstacles such as walls and ceilings, at least at the 5 Ghz frequencies, so the answer in part depends on how far apart your devices will be from the router, and how many obstacles will be between them.

Everything being equal, I would go for the N router over the G. I made the move a couple of years ago and have not regretted it. The biggest difference I have noticed is that when the device is within 30 or 40 feet of the router and few obstacles between, I get much faster speeds. So for a laptop in the same room or the next room, it's pretty much like having a wired connection.
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January 30, 2014 3:42:36 PM

Thanks for the response. Every device we use is on the same floor (except when we go to bed upstairs) and there is 1 wall between the router and the tv.

What about dual band? Should I spend the extra money on it? Can you suggest a few routers for me? Anything under $130
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a b D Laptop
January 30, 2014 4:40:10 PM

I ended up buying this dual band Asus from newegg.com, and I'm pretty happy with it. I paid $96 for it last June, but it's now available for $90 (might be better prices on Amazon, haven't checked):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It gets 4 out of 5 stars from 703 reviewers, which is quite good.
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