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Least Expensive Way to go Wireless-N?


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#1 OFFLINE   itzme

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 09:18 AM

I currently have a Belkin F5D8233-4v3(01) as my primary router. My two HRs get on my wireless network with 2 old WRT54g routers that I've set up as Client Bridges (wireless adapters) that have DD-WRT. So this means that even though I have an N router, the network is only giving me Wireless G speeds.

I'm thinking that once MRV comes out I'm going to want Wireless N speed on everything. What is the least expensive way to upgrade?

I've noticed that the Belkin Router has a setting to use it as an Access Point? Would that work on my HR's? Those routers sell for under $60, whereas the newer WGA600N is more like $90. Would that work? Is there anyway to get Wireless N mode onto my DD-WRT existing hardware (WRT54g routers set as bridges)? I don't think DD-WRT supports wireless N. I don't really want to go the powerline route either. I'm open to creative ideas...

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#2 OFFLINE   itzme

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 02:51 PM

hmmm... there's no frugel Wireless N folks, eh?

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 03:04 PM

I've noticed that the Belkin Router has a setting to use it as an Access Point? Would that work on my HR's?


No. An access point isn't the same as a bridge. The HRs need a bridge.

Is there anyway to get Wireless N mode onto my DD-WRT existing hardware (WRT54g routers set as bridges)?


No, totally different hardware is required.

I don't think DD-WRT supports wireless N.


It certainly does, but again, you need N devices.

http://www.dd-wrt.co...pported_Devices

What it comes down to is that you're going to have to buy some new N-class devices that can work as a wireless bridge, and since you can find the WGA600N for around $70, you probably won't save much money buying a different brand right now. And even if you can save $10-20 a unit, is it worth giving up native support? You'll have to decide that for yourself.

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 03:45 PM

IIP. Thanks! Very helpful. You validated alot that I suspected. I think I'll wait for MRV and then see how my G network handles it.




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