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Netgear router creating BOTH G and N Networks

Last response: in Wireless Networking
January 4, 2010 6:58:02 AM

Bought and installed my new Netgear RangeMax Dual Band Wirelss-N Router. All good works great.

I was a bit niave perhaps because I didn't detect from the name the fact that it would create TWO (2) networks - G and N. That's not a problem per se...other than I didn't expect this and I am confused as to why it does this. Can anyone answer the following questions for me:

Note: WE have 4 Macs as well as 2 Windows XP laptops and there are multiple iPhones and an iTouch in the house.

1) Why does it create 2 networks?

2) G network seems slower - so why would I connect any computer to it as opposed to N?

3) Should I be distributing the traffic across the two networks?

Please advise.

Apologies if this is a stupid question...but thanks in advance!
January 4, 2010 8:21:39 AM

Go into the router's setup screens (see manual for how) and select wireless settings, wireless mode N Only or G Only, not mixed mode.
January 4, 2010 3:24:39 PM

Are all your computers and devices "N" compatible ?
If so [N only] might give you better speed.
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