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How does changing Network Mode in Router to "Wireless B/G only" affect my connection to other devices in home Network?

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June 22, 2014 3:02:15 PM

I am having some issues with my desktop connection on Ubuntu 14.04. Out of all of my devices in my household, including Windows 7 that is on a separate partition on this same machine, Ubuntu is the only problem child. My Wifi signal fluctuates and sometimes drops. I'm now at the point where it is being suggested that I change my Network Mode in 2.4GHZ from the current "Mixed Mode" to Wireles B/G only. How will this affect the rest of my home network connectivity? I am using an E4200.

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June 22, 2014 3:09:47 PM

if the adapters in the rest of the network are G and N do not drop to B... B = 11mbps, N = 54mbps, and N is up to 300mbps.
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June 22, 2014 3:52:03 PM

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if the adapters in the rest of the network are G and N do not drop to B... B = 11mbps, N = 54mbps, and N is up to 300mbps.

I was thinking that was how it worked. Thank you. Is there a typo in your answer though? Is it supposed to be " G= 54mbps"? I get well over 100 mbps, so I am guessing that going to B/G only will limit me to 54mbps, is that correct?


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June 23, 2014 2:30:22 AM

I had a b/g router before switching recently to an n one and I have to say I did notice the difference. But it can also depend on your router of course: my ISP supplied n router was barely any improvement over my old b/g one but the latter had much better range.

In summary:
Netgear b/g > Technicolor TG582n
Asus n > Netgear b/g!

And I'm only on a rubbish 8Mb connection. So you will most probably notice a speed drop should you change.

Have you considered using a powerline adapter for your desktop instead of wireless? This would give a hard-wired connection and mean you wouldn't have to slow the rest of your network as it doesn't use wireless, without laying messy cabling. Best of both worlds
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