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July 27, 2009 1:13:18 AM

My family and me combined have 3 computers. My newest one is wireless N compatible the other two are g compatible my current router is a G router. I am trying to decide if it is worth getting N. We are often using all three computers and playing online with a PS3. The PS3 lags when we do this. Would getting a N adapter improve the internet quality even for things that cannot use N. Also our current router does not give us very good signal strength, so would getting wireless N improve the range on not only on the N device, but also on the other computers?

Also I need a router that has a USB port so I can attach my printer and print over the network.
Could you suggest routers that would do all that I want it to.

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July 27, 2009 4:29:01 PM

kyleplum2009 said:
My family and me combined have 3 computers. My newest one is wireless N compatible the other two are g compatible my current router is a G router. I am trying to decide if it is worth getting N. We are often using all three computers and playing online with a PS3. The PS3 lags when we do this. Would getting a N adapter improve the internet quality even for things that cannot use N. Also our current router does not give us very good signal strength, so would getting wireless N improve the range on not only on the N device, but also on the other computers?

Also I need a router that has a USB port so I can attach my printer and print over the network.
Could you suggest routers that would do all that I want it to.


Okay Wireless N is the newest wireless and is the fastest available. It usually gets better signal because it has less interference, and can travel farther.
But if a device is NOT wireless N compatible, it wont pick it up at all, it well have NO internet so you would have to get a new card for it that is wireless N compatible or stick with G. Also some routers have the ability to broadcast on N and G in that case your newest one well run at the faster N speed and the other 2 would be running on wireless G.

For the printer, i do believe if you can print over the network it should have a ethernet port on the back of it to connect a ethernet cable but im not exactly sure.
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July 27, 2009 4:31:14 PM

I meant getting a backwards compatible router.
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July 27, 2009 4:45:17 PM

kyleplum2009 said:
I meant getting a backwards compatible router.


Well then yes it would increase your internet quality for everything using the N broadcasting. Things still using the G wont notice as many effects.
However most N routers are high end, therefor broadcast much stronger and well give you much more signal. Basically the more you pay the stronger the signal and speed well be.

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July 27, 2009 4:47:20 PM

OK that was the answer I was looking for. I am looking for strong range so I am going to get a high end router.
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July 27, 2009 4:58:17 PM

I recommend Mikrotik routerboard using routeros or some Ubiquity device (e.g: bullet M).
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July 29, 2009 11:51:26 PM

Is the apple wireless N router a good router? It seems to be a nice one but my computers are PCs.
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August 1, 2009 4:41:40 AM

The apple routers seem good, I'm actually mac certified and the ones we use at work seem to do well. As far as a G device not picking up on an N router, don't know if I've heard of that. If they are certified as 802.11g, etc. I'm pretty certain they are designed to be backwards compatible. Keep in mind however, a G card may work on your N router, it's not that you will not get any signal, but your devices will work at the slower G speed.
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