I have had very good success with my Buffalo WBR2-G54S router...it was about my 3rd router and has been without issue for 3-4 years now.
I have three computers in my home that I use wireless. Two are "N" and one is older, so B or G.
A few questions:
- I currently run an antenna and get reasonable range, I see most "N" routers have internal antennas..will this reduce my range and/or can I use my current antenna with a new router? I also have a Buffalo antenna.
- I see comments on bridging two routers. Why? Can I use a new "N" router for both "N" and b,g devices?
- Will I see substantial speed increase with N to be worth the upgrade price and setup hassle?
2. Yes in theory. I have used a few wireless routers by DLink & Linksys & a generic. None of them can do b/g/n simultaneously. I think the dual-band can do that. The way I deal with this is to use 2+ routers. 1 dedicated for draft-N. Another for b/g.
3. For home networking (media serving), yup. N is 130Mbps. G is 54. B is 11. Also, N offers larger coverage.
According to what I read when I was studying for my apple certification, you can get up to 300 mbps. However, In my opinion unless you are running fiber to the home or something like that, your G router should be more than enough for what you are doing. Let's put it this way, you can open up more headroom with an N router, however, if your internet connection is not fast enough to fully use it, then what's it benefiting you?
However, if you have coverage issues, then the N should improve the range since it's higher frequencies if memory serves. I don't know for sure about the bottlenecking issues, but I would think if you have for example a G card connecting to the N router it would only allow that device to connect at 54 mbps.
So if your not getting good range, upgrade and try it. If you are with your current setup, don't mess with it.
We need to know your upgrade goal. If you want to improve internet speed, nothing other than fiber will help. If you want to improve home networking speed (it's not internet, btw), N router will help, but your devices will be G as long as it's got a G adapter. You need to upgrade EVERYTHING. Yes, it's costly.
I upgrade my home networking speed gradually. Got 2 draft-n adapters for cheap on ebay. Picked out a retail n router. However, my Internet speed is more or less the same. That wasn't my goal. Next I'm gonna do NAS.
Then you should go with a N router in that case. The G device will be the slowest. If you do file sharing, use the wired one. Oh yeah, look for a N router with gigabit wired ports. About $100. Saves you the next upgrade. Best stick with the same make as your old one.
As far as wireless being as close to wired, I don't think it's happening with N. Maybe the next standard, but the wired standard will advance again. I think I read it'd be 1000GBps. If you meant Internet speeds on your devices, they should be more or less the same across the board. If not, there may be interference between your router and devices.
I know that I am late to this discussion but you may want to look at our WZR-HP-G300NH. It is running DD-WRT and is very fast. Additionally with our AOSS you should be able to bridge with our older router easily. You can find out more about this router here: http://bit.ly/9IpYJU