Extended signal range on N router useful for G devices?

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Extended signal range on N router useful for G devices?

Hi.  I just purchased a Netgear WNR3500L-100NAS to replace my Belkin F5D9230-4.  I was hoping for two things when I purchased it:

1. I would get faster page rending.  All four of my home computers were running slow with webpage rendering and having replaced my modem with no effect, I moved on to my router.  It was a long shot, but I thought I would try.  I'm not sure if it is helping, but some of the pages are getting stuck as they were before.  The pages are still occassionally coming in slowly like they did with the previous set up.

2. I was hoping for greater range.  I don't know if I can measure this by the bars on my iPhone, but the range seems about the same.  I would have thought the newer router would have greater range since it was a newer model.  I have it set on WPA2-AES 300Mps and the signal strength seems the same in the points of my home farthest from the router.  I'm not sure if it is because the Belkin had great range for its time or if it is because the Netgear has only decent range or if it is because for wireless G devices, it doesn't matter.  Would a dual band router make any difference for a wireless G mobile device (laptop, iPhone)?

I haven't tried the USB network storage yet.  I don't mind spending a little more to get better range and faster rendering, but if the new routers don't help with older devices, then there would be no point.  I'm figuring the Netgear will get better range with newer devices that would be wireless N compatible.  I'm hoping that I have a clearer understanding of what my options are.

Thanks for any input.