If it's connected by ethernet you won't need an adapter. You only need one if you want to connect by wireless (and your computer doesn't have wireless already).
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Some questions I have regarding the purchase of a new router (mine broke):
I have to admit that I haven't been up on the latest in wireless standards lately. Is Wireless N a standard yet, or should I stick with G? My existing wireless connections are all built in to laptops, so I don't really have any legacy Wireless G technology that would go to waste.
I'm not a tinkerer, so probably wouldn't need an open source router, or would I? Are there other advantages that should lean me in tha t direction?
I have a MediaSmart Server, so I'll be using the network heavily to stream video and audio as well as backup my devices. I would love to do this wirelessly if possible.
Any thoughts, inputs would be appreciated!
fantastic, thanks so much for your help
An "N" router will NOT help on the internet! A "G" router is rated at 45 Mb while the fastest internet around me is 25 Mb; and it is very expensive! Most people have 5 Mb to 10 Mb.
However, 802.11g normally caps out at about 20 to 25 Mb/s usable bandwidth - regardless of what the nominal link rate is.
Also, while the fastest link around you is 25 Mb/s, I know people with 50 Mb/s and it's a tiny cost increase over my existing link, where I live. The same ISP is also testing speeds of 100 Mb/s and above. Your sample, and mine, aren't representative of everybody ;)
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We bought a netgear n600 WNDR3400 dual band wireless router, my son's hp laptop works fine, my emachine laptop will only work if I connect through the unsecure band, if I try to connect through the secure band I get local access only. After 1 hour on the phone with netgear in India was told that we would have to contact emachine to find a way to make it work. If we hook up old netgear G router everything works fine. Are there some computers not compatible with N routers? I do not want to call emachines so will likely return the router, what should I buy next or any suggestions to try before returning? My son really wants to stay with N router for his gaming.
I have bought a LINKSYS router - RB-WRT160N-RM. It is not getting detected by my laptop I am afraid that is it due to the N and G generation. I was not aware before buying the router abt N and G routers.
Kindly suggest me any way to get it working.
Did you change any wireless settings for your router? What laptop do you have?
from what i read so far i cant get any wireless N benefit through a pc with a G card, but can i get those benefits if my pc (laptop or desktop) is wired to the N router(Netgear WNDR3700 for example)and if i adapt the Netgear WNDA3100 can i get the wireless benefits of the N router?
What firmware is running on your board? Original or open source ?
I'm not a thinkerer too...but my suggestion is to read some reviews first of the product before pushing.
Hi - sorry, I'm not sure what I'm doing. I have a laptop (Windows Vista) that's about 2 or 3 years old, and it's hooked into a Linksys WRT54G2 router, which also has an Xbox linked into it. The router is going to my cable modem. This is all done with cables - no wireless (also, everything is no more than 4 feet from everything else). If I ignore the router and connect the computer directly to the modem, I'm getting download speeds of about 19 and upload speeds of about 9. However, if I run the computer through the router, the best I can get is download of about 1 and upload of 0.24. Also, the router very often blocks all access to the internet, just whenever it feels like it. I've spent around 12 hours on the phone with Cisco "support" who generally don't bother to try to help, and just try to sell me an N router. I've tried everything I can think of - does anyone have any suggestions? I would really appreciate any help (and hope). Thanks!!
Which revision is this? Usually the revision is found on the backside should be either 1.0, 1.3, 1.5
Then what do you mean by 19? Mbps, MB/s, kbps ...
Kong - The revision is 1.5, and I mean Mbps. Sorry about that. Thanks!
Ah this model really sucks. You don't want to use this router if you do more then simple web browsing with one client.
The hardware is this unit is very limited not much ram slow cpu.
Do P2P with it and this router slows down pretty fast.
The problems you mentioned are typical signs of overloading, the router runs out of ram and then you cannot build up any new connections, of course this also causes the router to slow down.
Return this thing or sell it on ebay.
In the same price range I recommend:
If you add few more bucks you'll get a router that can do much more with real routing performance.
Like the Netgear WNR3500L or WZR-HP-G300NH
I got a wndr3400 netgear router. Does anyone have any tips on setting this one up? I find it does not work as well as mt Linksys G router did. I get poor signal in my garage computer, where my Linksys router got good signal. I tought the N router was supposed to have more range.
N router just have more range if it is used together with N clients.
I am using a WN111 for the garage.
Thank you so much Kong!!!
I've been looking up the ones that you mentioned. Is there a favorite among them, one that you'd most recommend for someone who'll be using it with a computer, Xbox, (soon-to-be-added) PS3 and who (this is kinda obvious) likes gaming, especially playing with friends over the internet?
Thank you again!!! You've given me so much help (and the hope, too)! :-)
@Tanya, Since I'm using a WNR3500L myself I can say this router is the best I've had so far. In 6 month I didn't have to reboot this unit once to resolve any issue. The WRT54GL is known to be a good unit too. The WNR3500L + tomato firmware or my dd-wrt mod you can even use it as a media streaming server for your xbox, which is a nice feature too.
@speedrider: you should have a look at:
Basically this info also applies to your router.
Kong - Thanks so much!!!