Wireless Router Recommendations

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  1. Drew1

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    We have cable internet and will most likely switch to verizon fios. I'm not in this location though at the moment.


    Now the past month or so, the wifi sometimes doesn't work for a bit, then it works. Its a 2 story house and we leave the router and the modem in the 2nd floor because that is where we use to mainly use internet so we had it installed there.


    Now the wifi doesn't seem to be that strong in the 1st floor... and the basement. But there is also some wifi issues on the 2nd floor as well. Wireless router is netgear n600 and bought years ago. There was never much of an issue with it. If it matters the speed plan we get with our internet cable is 100mbps.


    Is it possible that our internet has wifi issues because the router has gotten too old so to speak?


    Now when we switch to verizon fios, which wireless router would you recommend we buy? Apparently i read verizon fios is 300mbps speed... and the netgear n600 router is only max 100mbps speed while ethernet wired... can anyone confirm this? So we need a router that has mbps of at least 300mbps if we want the full verizon fios speed right?


    I seen two routers on amazon that seem to have very good reviews.


    TP Link

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079JD7F7G/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1


    Netgear

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R2AZLD2/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1



    Thing that confuses me here is it says up to certain mbps on 2.4ghz and it can get a higher mbps on 5 ghz. But aren't routers in general almost ways set default 2.4 ghz? I don't think i ever made any changes to router with ghz but would any of these 2 routers be good enough?



    Someone mentioned my netgear n600 router is way too old and slow as its max 100mbps and probably like 90mbps when on wifi... so using Verizon Fios 300mbps plan... we won't even get 300mbps since our router is too old and slow.


    Thanks.
     
  2. Tech Junky

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    This has been discussed @ http://forum.notebookreview.com/thr...-bad-on-one-floor.836016/page-2#post-11100183

    The up to is a bit of a disclaimer because the router itself can do those speeds if you have the proper wifi module in your compputer. If you had a 802.11b/g/n card that only did say 150mbps then that's the most you would ever get. If you have an AM210 your max potential speed on the PC side would be 1.3gbps or 2.4gbps if you setup both sides of the wifi correctly to squeeze the bandwidth out of the connection.

    Asked and answered in the other thrread.

    No. Routers are set to combine 5/2.4 bands together out of the box. 2.4 maxes out around 300mbps for AX based systems and 5ghz will push up to 2.4gbps on AX. AX based systems provide more bandwidth but, the 5ghz signal won't penetrate walls/floors/etc. as far from the base unit as 2.4ghz will. It's wavelength / RF 101. The lower the signal wavelength the further it will travel which is why cell phones back in the 90's using AMP analog signals worked at a greater distance form the towers than todays phones using 5G. 5G cell signals run at a much higher signal 1700/2100ghz vs the old AMP signals that were in the 600-800mhz bands.

    The cost of distance is speed.

    Once again if you want stability, speed, and distance you should go with the AX based systems and upgrade your wifi module in your computer to the AX210 and you will be much happier with the results rather than simply patching the issue for a $10 difference in the price of the router. Sure, it's going to be another $20 for the AX210 for your system but, the newer technology will give you less issues in the long run seeing as though you're on the 10 year upgrade cycle and all.
     
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