Wireless-N: More Speed and Range For Your Network

Wireless networking has become so common in the average household; virtually everyone is connected to the internet wirelessly with their laptops, game consoles, and other devices. More recently, it's become important for users to have the speed to stream large quantities of data - either for HD video, VoIP, online gaming, or even all of those at the same time. With standard 802.11b or g equipment, this can be pretty tough to do smoothly.

What will Wireless-N do for me?

Overall, Wireless-N has been shown to display real world speeds of almost twice that of Wireless-G, and better range as well; so you can get the most out of your system with the new technology. The enhanced speed will allow you to have the best and fastest connections for your HD video streams, internet phone connections, and online games. The enhanced range and decreased interference will make in-home connectivity easier and faster. If you're wondering how Wireless-N does all of this great stuff, read on!

Multiple Channels

The 802.11n standard can use two channels at once. Both can send and receive data, and this raises the rate at which data can be sent. In addition, 802.11n can take advantage of the 5 GHz band to reduce interference, and give you better connections and range.


Wireless-N utilizes MIMO, also known as "Multiple Input, Multiple Output," which comes into play especially when large amounts of data are being sent from multiple sources. Multiple receiving and transmitting antennae can be used, rather than just one. This allows the standard to use separate streams of data all at once. Not only will you get better range, but data will be sent faster.


One of the things about Wireless-N that many will take for granted is that it will live comfortably with other network devices in your home, such as your 802.11a, b, and g devices; they will not interfere with each other. This means that integrating Wireless-N will be much easier for many users.

Follow the links below to see how you can use this great new technology in your own home!

More Information on NETGEAR's Wireless-N Networking Kit

Wi-Fi.org - The Wi-Fi Alliance