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Well I actually do have a USB adapter that operates on both the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands but the thing I'm concerned about is that it would be connected via USB 2.0 (which isn't ideal). Additionally, it only supports 300 Mbps speeds on bands.
Presently, if you recall, I've had my laptop connected via Ethernet to my wireless bridge (which supports 450 Mbps speeds on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands at the same time). Despite these improved specs however, I believe you mentioned that going through the bridge will inherently slow down my internet which I believe to be true. The reason I believe this to be true is because I usually get better speeds when I am connected to the internet via the NIC that came with my laptop (which is older and only operates on the 2.4 GHz band).
In case you are interested, I've attached links for the wireless adapter and wireless bridge that I own.
Bridge - http://www.trendnet.com/products/proddetail.asp?prod=230-TEW-680MB&cat=198
USB Wireless Adapter - http://support.linksys.com/en-us/support/adapters/AE1000
Sort of. So the 300 mbps speed and 450 mbps offer no benefit to me, even in terms of signal strength? The reason I ask is because the router I just bought, which I've attached a link for below, is pretty superior in terms of that.
If so (i.e. I'd incur no benefits from having the faster speeds), what benefits will I have from this router compared to the one I have now, which is a Linksys E3000.
I'm slightly confused by your response.
Are you saying that I will receive no benefit from this router?
Or that the enhanced signal strength it claims to offer (compared to every other router) due to increased network capacity, less signal loss, faster speeds on the N band, etc.
As a matter of fact, it's claimed to "offer the fastest 5th generation Wi-Fi via 5GHz transmission". This leads me to believe that improved performance compared to the E3000 is inevitable.
Yes it does but would that even be the case if I got a USB adapter that operates on the 802.11ac band (like my new ASUS router does)?
Also, in regards XXXXX XXXXX PS3 for online game play and HD video streaming via the Amazon Instant Video app, would it be best to have that directly connected to my bridge (since the internal NIC only operates on the 2.4 GHz band)?
So ultimately, you recommend buying a wireless adapter that operates on the 802.11ac band? And similarly, perhaps also purchasing a bridge that operates on that band as well?
If I bought a USB wireless adapter, it would be this one I think.
Okay. Also, what the heck is this thing and is it compatible with my ASUS router?
Alrite you've been extremely helpful and I just have one more question that doesn't really relate to what we've been discussing. One response will likely be all that's required so I don't want to create a separate question since I recently got in trouble for that and they temporarily disabled my unlimited subscription plan because of it.
In terms of security, I am presently using avast, which as you know is a free antivirus software. Although it never detects threats, the reason I am using it is because it apparently doesn't affect performance too much (i.e. it runs in the background, using very little very resources but is still effective).
Is there an antivirus that is almost or equally effective as avast that runs just as (or more) lightly in the background? Performance is my top priority so an antivirus that uses very few resources is of utmost importance (compared to effectiveness). Please note that I also execute scans via malwarebytes and spybot routinely and I also use several browser add-ons that could help (i.e. AdBlockPlus, DoNotTrackMe). I configure my browsers to never remember internet history too.
The reason I installed avast is because I read a lot of negative reviews about Microsoft Security Essentials and avast, for the most part, was rated higher. What's your thoughts on this?
Also in regards XXXXX XXXXX fundamental conversation, you stated the following about purchasing that ASUS wireless adapter:
"If you got such an AC card, your speed between your computer and router will be phenomenal, but it will not change the speed between your router and the world, so the overall speed will not increase...."
I pay for 25mbps but very rarely, almost never get close to that. I usually get around 15 mbps and I could be wrong, but I attribute that largely to signal strength. Moreover, it would most likely be beneficial to purchase it right?
Okay here are the results. I performed one test for each.
WLAN (my internal) NIC - a little over 13 mbps, 15 ms ping
Bridge - a little over 21 mbps, 15 ms ping
Direct connection to router - a little over 23 mbps, 15 ms ping
Upload speeds are ALWAYS extremely close to 1 mbps (which is what I pay for). After this question, I swear I will be finished haha.
Okay thanks for all of your help, once again. I will come back to you if I have any further questions!
AH one last thing, as I'm about to make the purchase.
I don't want to purchase both a bridge and wireless adapter that operate 802.11ac band. I only want to purchase one of them and I don't know which one to pick.
Would you recommend I buy the following Linksys bridge that I'd connect to my computer via Ethernet.
OR the ASUS wireless adapter we were just talking about.
The ASUS adapter is much cheaper and seems to be a very reputable product. However, it wouldn't offer additional benefit to my PS3. Please note that internet browsing is important but streaming content from my laptop to my PS3 is also very important as well.
Yes I can. Presently, I have that ASUS router that operates on the 802.11ac band. As you mentioned, if I bought the ASUS wireless adapter that operates on the 802.11ac band for my laptop (that I'd obviously connect via USB), you mentioned that the speed between my laptop and router will be phenomenal. I am assuming the same holds true for a wireless bridge that operates on the 802.11ac band as well (assuming my laptop is connected directly to it via Ethernet).
Thus, my question is whether you think I should purchase the ASUS wireless adapter or the Linksys bridge (since my laptop, for the most part, is connected to the bridge I presently have now (which does not operate on the 802.11ac band).
Basically, if you were in my situation, which one would you buy assuming regular Internet browsing and streaming content from your laptop to your PS3 via a media server are your top priorities.