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what is the difference between various wireless routers and

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what is the difference between various wireless routers and the various designations -- 'wireless-n', 'wireless-g', '100 mbs', 'dual band'. if we have a broadband connection that is "1up/7down" and we have two windows 8 laptops, and we use these laptops on occasioin to stream movies and videos, what is the ideal specification of a wireless router for us?

businesslegions :

Hi there,

businesslegions :

Basically wireless n gives you faster speeds and bigger range compared to g

businesslegions :

however because you're streaming and your connection to the internet is only 1up and 7 down

businesslegions :

that is your bottle neck

businesslegions :

so either G or N will be good enough

Customer:

...well, we're testing this new service that can also provide 13 down, so does that make a difference in recommendation of the router?

Customer:

also what is the meaning of '802.11a', '802.11b'

businesslegions :

no it doesn't

businesslegions :

bot g and n are faster speeds than 1/7

businesslegions :

a and b are old standards

Customer:

and what is 'dual band'

businesslegions :

they are slower than g and n

businesslegions :

dual band means that it can use 2.4Ghz and also the 5Ghz frequency

businesslegions :

most routers now support dual band

Customer:

does the frequency matter? also if we upgrade our connection to 13 or 15 down then would either g or n still support the streaming?

businesslegions :

no the frequency will depend on the 802.11a/b/g/n that connects to the router

businesslegions :

yes G or N will support the streaming - just keep in mind that its the speed from the Laptop to the Router

businesslegions :

that's the main difference

businesslegions :

compared to router and ISP speed

Customer:

okay, thanks

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