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Whats the fastest wireless router?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by saberfly, Sep 14, 2013.

  1. saberfly

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    Anyone have any input on this? Im thinking more about the wired ports than the wireless.

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  2. kaminar

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    So, your question about wireless is really more about wired? Ethernet ports are either 100Mb/s or 1000Mb/s (1 Gb/s >> Gb = Gigabit). That is your choice when looking for wired ports in routers for the home. Typically, home computers and laptops have 1 Gb/s ethernet ports..so for fastest throughput, look for the same in a router.

    Fastest wireless depends on several factors. Currently, the 802.11ac spec is the fastest, with speeds approaching 1 Gb/s.
    However, it all depends on three things:

    1) the wireless spec at your computer/device--most are 802.11a/b/g (fast or slow, depending on your personal experience) or 802.11n (faster)
    2) the distance and barriers between the router and computer/device
    3) quality of the router--usually hit or miss (visit newegg and amazon for lots of reviews)

    Personally, I'm waiting for the Almond+ (due out this month..supposedly)

    Wired is theoretically more reliable and (almost) always faster. Do not get a Netgear WNR1000v2. That is all.

    Here's a review link..
    http://reviews.cnet.com/best-wireless-networking-devices/

    Good luck!

    -=K=-
     
  3. harsh

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    Just get an outboard GigE switch and leave your router alone. Plug only the switch into the router and everything else into the switch.

    You can get into a basic Trendnet model for around $25 with eight ports. Even the slowest of the GigE switches should be good for upwards of 650Mbps. In consumer gear, the Netgear GS608 scores a 692.8Mbps and the Trendnet TEG-S80G mentioned above turns in a score of 671Mbps.
     
  4. SayWhat?

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    And of course, you need at least Cat5 cables with properly installed connectors.
     
  5. saberfly

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    The almond is out now. It only has 2 ports but I guess a bigger switch can make up for that. It has good specs.

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  6. saberfly

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    Ooops sorry I didnt see the +

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  7. saberfly

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    Is cat6 best out right now?

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  8. inkahauts

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    There is cat7 but haven't seen specifics in a while and is probably a waste. 6 is realistically top dog


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  9. saberfly

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    What will be the difference between just ethernet and cat6? Latency? Speed? Just curious.

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  10. djlong

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    Cat (short for Category) 6 *is* ethernet - it's the rating of the ethernet cable.

    Cat 6 is the successor to Cat 5 and Cat 5e. Cat 6 allows for longer cables that still support 1Gbps ethernet speeds. Cat5 was for 1Mbps.

    I used to have Cat 5 in my house but I rewired everything with newer Cat 6.
     
  11. saberfly

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    So with comcast blast internet, about 60MBPS down and 12MBPS up, would there be any advantage to going from basic ethernet cables to cat 6? Just equipment to internet. No inter network file transfers.

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  12. dennisj00

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    Nope.
     
  13. SayWhat?

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    The typical home LAN will never see a difference between Cat 5 and Cat 6.

    A business might depending on their needs and traffic.
     
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  14. dpeters11

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    If someone were to start fishing Ethernet through their walls etc, I would just go with cat6 regardless.


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  15. djlong

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    In today's environment, you really only notice the difference between Cat 5 and Cat 6 (1Mbps vs 1Gbps) if you regularly transfer large (VERY large) files or if you're piping HD video all over the house to different rooms.

    Also, large backups from multiple machines to a centralized place would stress a network - but only intially (not for incremental backups) or when huge updates/installations are done (like Windows, Office, etc).

    I do all three.
     
  16. RasputinAXP

    RasputinAXP Kwisatz Haderach of Cordcuttery

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    On campus we are not tearing out Cat5 or 5e to move to 6e, but all new buildings get Cat6e.

    They all get dual band N access points (Aruba AP105) all over the place, and we just completed an upgrade of our b/g/a APs to them.
     
  17. Marlin Guy

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    Best answer. Just about any modern router is faster than the Internet connection to which it is connected.
    If it's just an Internet speed issue, there's no need to be concerned with purchasing the fastest router.
    If LAN speed is a concern, then of course routers, switches, adapters, and cabling are all part of the equation. The LAN will only perform at the top speed of the weakest component in the employed circuit.
     

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