"N" Router advice please

My laptop is "N" draft enabled and im thinking of making the most of it and getting a "N" router, i currently have a wireless netgear router that came with my Virgin broadband, first question is, any pointers towards a good, reasonably priced one, secondly will it make a big difference and finally are they easy to setup?

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wont make any difference if you are only using it to browse the net.

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deathtrap3000;5612247

wont make any difference if you are only using it to browse the net.



Do a lot of "legal" donwloading;-)

clondikemike;5613392

Do a lot of "legal" donwloading;-)



If you max your connection while doing your legal downloading, then it wont make any difference.

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SUMMONER;5612232

- How fast is your broadband?- Are there parts of the house you would … - How fast is your broadband?- Are there parts of the house you would like to use the Internet wirelessly at, that are not currently covered?- Do you have any networked storage drives or TV/Video streaming devices?- What model Netgear router do you currently have?]This is a good one that doesn't break the bank. Buffalo WZR2-G300N £32.28 delivered @ eBuyer



Tbh, im not sure, i speed test it now and get about 6400mbps, i have a PS3 (i know thats now not "n" capable) also have a Popcorn Hour (popcornhour.com/onl…re/) ipod touch and elite 360 with wireless adapter,

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deathtrap3000;5613402

If you max your connection while doing your legal downloading, then it … If you max your connection while doing your legal downloading, then it wont make any difference.



I see, so what would be the point (if any) having a n router?

clondikemike;5613438

I see, so what would be the point (if any) having a n router?



Faster transfers between computers, extra bandwidth for streaming or faster internet connections, extra wireless coverage.

clondikemike;5613420

Tbh, im not sure, i speed test it now and get about 6400mbps, i have a … Tbh, im not sure, i speed test it now and get about 6400mbps, i have a PS3 (i know thats now not "n" capable) also have a Popcorn Hour (http://www.popcornhour.com/onlinestore/) ipod touch and elite 360 with wireless adapter,


clondikemike;5613420

Tbh, im not sure, i speed test it now and get about 6400mbps, i have a … Tbh, im not sure, i speed test it now and get about 6400mbps, i have a PS3 (i know thats now not "n" capable) also have a Popcorn Hour (http://www.popcornhour.com/onlinestore/) ipod touch and elite 360 with wireless adapter,


Only reason I can see for you to want the Wireless N box would be if your Popcorn box often stops to buffer video during playback.

Your ipod touch is unlikely to make use of the better wireless signal (it's usually not the receiving part that is the problem, but the sending data back to the router).

The Wireless N box will better the the signal quality for your PS3 and 360 to some degree (less packet loss, may be a lower ping, but no serious speed improvement due to the fact that they don't directly support 802.11n).

The Buffalo box will have a much more powerful processor, which will better cope with BitTorrent and many simultaneous users being online all at once.

Bottom line, don't fix what is not broken. Is anything not working properly?

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SUMMONER;5613543

Only reason I can see for you to want the Wireless N box would be if your … Only reason I can see for you to want the Wireless N box would be if your Popcorn box often stops to buffer video during playback.Your ipod touch is unlikely to make use of the better wireless signal (it's usually not the receiving part that is the problem, but the sending data back to the router).The Wireless N box will better the the signal quality for your PS3 and 360 to some degree (less packet loss, may be a lower ping, but no serious speed improvement due to the fact that they don't directly support 802.11n).The Buffalo box will have a much more powerful processor, which will better cope with BitTorrent and many simultaneous users being online all at once.Bottom line, don't fix what is not broken. Is anything not working properly?



You are a very wise chap/lady, i cant tell from the username or avvy, but rep left, concise answer and cheerss buddy/lady, im 99.99999999 % sure u r a guy

:thumbsup:

clondikemike;5613800

You are a very wise chap/lady, i cant tell from the username or avvy, but … You are a very wise chap/lady, i cant tell from the username or avvy, but rep left, concise answer and cheerss buddy/lady, im 99.99999999 % sure u r a guy:thumbsup:


Chap it is. :-D

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SUMMONER;5613902

Chap it is. :-D



Cheers buddy:thumbsup: rep left:)

unless your popcorn box offers 802.11n then there would be no benefit in 'n' it will buffer regardless if it already does it. Multiple in multiple outs will / should increase signal strength and keep at 54Mbps or 11Mbps depending on your 802.11(*) ..

Chance are unless you have the c-200(with optional 802.11n) then you are hard wired to network on the popcorn so wireless performance does not come into it and you will get 10/100 network speeds (8.5 meg*)

Purchase an N modem/router (as sort of a future proof exercise) then If more and more of the things you use to wirelessly connect to in your house become 'n" devices then you are already set.
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