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How good is wireless N?

Discussion in 'Networks & Internet Connectivity' started by OpenToSuggestions, 8 Oct 2009.

  1. OpenToSuggestions


    Joined: 5 Aug 2006

    Posts: 10,890

    Location: Derbyshire

    I am not looking to buy an N router right now, but for those who have it, how good is it?

    We have had wireless for 5-6 years now.
    b was rubbish because itr was slow with poor range
    g is good but my bedroom is a big deadspot due to some metal beams above and below the room (it is above the garage).

  2. ArtificialFoxx


    Joined: 26 Oct 2008

    Posts: 141

    I am currently using a D-Link wireless-N USB dongle on a D-link Router from virgin media. And I get the full 50Mb/s speed of our line, And in games my ping is around 15-25ms. I'm 1 floor away from the router but the walls/floors are probably paper thin.

    The connection still works well yet another floor up too.
  3. Alfie

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 4 Dec 2008

    Posts: 1,622

    Location: Sheffield

    It's fantastic, but make sure not to use a USB adapter. In my experience these cripple the connection. Make sure you get the Edimax PCI with 3 antennas.
  4. mrk

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 86,860

    Location: South Coast

    It's very good and stable, depends on your router I guess but here's a quick xfer test from my PC (wired gigabit upstairs, router downstairs) to a wireless N client (laptop) which is located upstairs also.


    That is with my sis using her laptop at the moment too (concurrent RDP with hidden account ***!)
  5. capriboy1978

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 25 May 2009

    Posts: 1,699

    Location: Derbyshire

    i'm currently using the virgin netgear kit, n router and dongle. In the attic the dongle in the gaming rig gets 40 - 45Mbits off reputable test sites. I've an old victorian town house so the walls and floor are thick but the only steel on the outside wall holding her up.

    range is brilliant but - using the same dongle in this laptop (toshiba pro L100) I never get more than 25Mbits - and to get that I'm sat in the next room. I don't know much about this stuff really but I think it's the laptop bottlenecking - the dongle itself connects to the router at 280Mbits+.

    biggest issue is router kicking wireless connections - known netgear issue and just needs powering off/on.
  6. Scream


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 4,637

    Location: The Darkside

    Its great if you get a decent N router and a good card/dongle. Belkin are junk so look well before one purchases.