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Wireless N routers Speed???Belkin VS Netgear

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December 16, 2010 11:06:55 AM

Hello guys just to ask some questions!

I recently bought the new westerdigitil live hub 1 TB and i will like to make a network share with my computer!The problem here is the speed the wireless can give in order to give my movie its all HD (large files) is it worth taking an wirelles router N 300 mbps?
Will it be faster by wirelles or by usb or by ethernet?So if it faster by wireles by modem/router N i thinking of buying an
Netgear dgn2200 with usb stick N or a belkin wireles N ??
I also have an acces point in G mode tp-link will it compatible??Can i run in G and N mode at the same time or the speed will be redused!!????

thanks for your time
December 16, 2010 11:42:35 AM

Get neither, go with the Linksys e3000. Has the USB port built-in (file sharing directly from the router), it's fully DD-wrt compatible, and it includes gigabit ethernet and dual band 802.11n WLAN. I have one myself and it's absolutely fantastic.

Belkin is just the worst of the worst IMO. I've seen people with these things time after time that have them overheat and drop IPs, speed, data, etc.

Netgear is not much better unless you spring for their premium goods, and even then I'm not really a fan, personally. I troubleshoot my buddy's Netgear equipment all the time and I loathe the web interface. This thing resets settings all the time and drops IPs like nobody's business. He's also got one of the more expensive ones.

I've also seen people have plenty of bad luck with their USB dongles (Netgear and Belkin). Spring for Cisco's ae1000 and you'll do just fine. I'm picking up 140 Mbps in my bedroom through two brick exterior walls and haven't dropped an IP yet.

As for running the two access points simultaneously: You wouldn't need to do this if you got the e3000. This router supports VLANs and virtual networks so that you can isolate certain networks from each other. I'm not sure if you'd have to upgrade it to dd-wrt or not to do this, but the capability is there. You can also run the 2.4GHz radio in mixed mode (this should be the default) and the router will automatically delineate appropriate bandwidth to each client according to their capability. 802.11n devices will run at n speeds and 802.11g devices will run at g speeds on the same AP. This will not affect 802.11n devices when g devices connect.
January 5, 2013 10:57:24 PM

Psychoteddy said:
Get neither, go with the Linksys e3000. Has the USB port built-in (file sharing directly from the router), it's fully DD-wrt compatible, and it includes gigabit ethernet and dual band 802.11n WLAN. I have one myself and it's absolutely fantastic.

Belkin is just the worst of the worst IMO. I've seen people with these things time after time that have them overheat and drop IPs, speed, data, etc.

Netgear is not much better unless you spring for their premium goods, and even then I'm not really a fan, personally. I troubleshoot my buddy's Netgear equipment all the time and I loathe the web interface. This thing resets settings all the time and drops IPs like nobody's business. He's also got one of the more expensive ones.

I've also seen people have plenty of bad luck with their USB dongles (Netgear and Belkin). Spring for Cisco's ae1000 and you'll do just fine. I'm picking up 140 Mbps in my bedroom through two brick exterior walls and haven't dropped an IP yet.

As for running the two access points simultaneously: You wouldn't need to do this if you got the e3000. This router supports VLANs and virtual networks so that you can isolate certain networks from each other. I'm not sure if you'd have to upgrade it to dd-wrt or not to do this, but the capability is there. You can also run the 2.4GHz radio in mixed mode (this should be the default) and the router will automatically delineate appropriate bandwidth to each client according to their capability. 802.11n devices will run at n speeds and 802.11g devices will run at g speeds on the same AP. This will not affect 802.11n devices when g devices connect.


This is interesting, because I just spent an hour on the internet reading as many reviews as I could get quickly, and the majority favors Belkin. This is what makes people crazy, my friend. Who are you to believe? Well, it's hard for me; I missed the cell phone age totally, being deaf; I tried connecting my tablet to a Linksys, and had no luck at all. As long as I held my tablet close to the computer, it worked fine. If I take even 3 or 4 steps the tablet dies. Maybe you have an alternate recommendation for one like myself. Thanks!
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January 5, 2013 11:19:15 PM

You really should create new posts rather than load these olds ones. The comment regarding mixed mode is very outdated and may have been invalid even then. Running mixed mode very much does degrade your N performance.

First thing to do is see if you can see any neighbors AP or take your tablet and try to connect to some of the free wifi hotspots. You don't actually have to do much just be sure you can see them and maybe connect to one just to make sure the transmitter on your tablet works.

I would be suspect of the tablet wifi card if the linksys router is working for the computer. If it works on other wifi sites then you could consider replacing your router but which you get depends on many factors.
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