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So we're dead set on a Roku 2, and we're getting a 5GHz network overhaul going along with it. We needed gigabit ethernet, and stronger signal strength with greater throughput, so we're leaving our WRT54GS behind. Before anyone says we don't need 5GHz, humor me, I live in a townhouse complex with 10-20 connection at 2.4GHz being found by my adapter at any given time. There is no doubt large amounts of interference, and I believe going up in radio band frequency will improve all-around internet signal strength.

So first, I need a router, but before that, I must know, will getting a simultaneous dual band router allow me to connect a 2.4GHz N adapter as well as a 5GHz adapter, and still enjoy the benefits of lesser interference on the latter?

I already have a 150mbps N-adapter, but it's moving to the computer which is used primarily for web-surfing and the like, nothing major. For the sake of budget, that's where we're going.

If this is true, then what good 5GHz adapters are there? I would love to get a PCIe x1 adapter, since the USB stick takes up a port I need, and is forcing me to have a bright LED on top of my computer. Yes, it does matter to me.

Any good suggestions? I'm off to dinner now, so I'll check when I'm back. I was thinking of the D-Link DIR 825 and the conveniently locally located Linksys AE1000, which has promising reviews.

Total budget, preferably less than $150 for everything.

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[QUOTE=Nick0matic;14633895]Back again

So we're dead set on a Roku 2, and we're getting a 5GHz network overhaul going along with it. We needed gigabit ethernet, and stronger signal strength with greater throughput, so we're leaving our WRT54GS behind. Before anyone says we don't need 5GHz, humor me, I live in a townhouse complex with 10-20 connection at 2.4GHz being found by my adapter at any given time. There is no doubt large amounts of interference, and I believe going up in radio band frequency will improve all-around internet signal strength.

Going to the 5GHz spectrum will definitely reduce interference, as even if there are others in your area that are on 5GHz-N there are more channels to choose from. Also, your right on the signal strength. It will be greater but, over a shorter distance.

So first, I need a router, but before that, I must know, will getting a simultaneous dual band router allow me to connect a 2.4GHz N adapter as well as a 5GHz adapter, and still enjoy the benefits of lesser interference on the latter?

I'm not sure I understand this one. Are you asking if you can connect TWO adapters to a single computer and in use at the same time? If so, then the answer is a no.I would assume that you know this, but I need to ask because I'm not comprehending your statement You would need to choose between either the 2.4 or 5 GHz spectrum.


Any good suggestions? I'm off to dinner now, so I'll check when I'm back. I was thinking of the D-Link DIR 825 and the conveniently locally located Linksys AE1000, which has promising reviews.

I understand that you would rather have a PCI-e adapter but unfortunetly, I have not used any of them but, I do have the same Cisco AE1000 that you are looking at and it does work pretty well.

I hope I have at least helped in some manner.

Good Luck on your setup.

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I'm asking if, on a simultaneous dual band router, I can connect one computer through a Belkin F5D8053 (2.4GHz), and connect my computer through [insert 5GHz PCIe adapter here], both on the same dual band router.

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Nick,

Most definitely! Your operating on two completely different frequencies and spectrums.

I have this :


I run a mix of 2.4 and 5GHz computers and it operates just fine.
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As long as that works, then I only need to buy one adapter, but now at least I can narrow it down to needing a good router, and a good adapter. I saw the Linksys E4200for $120 as a Refurb, and it should be good quality, either way, but are there any decent choices at or around $100, without going much higher? $120 really is as high as I can go for router alone, because I would really like to get a PCIe adapter on my sig rig, since it has a plethora of PCIe x16 slots, and I need the USB port, and the space above and behind the computer, whch doesn't have space for a 3-4" long USB stick.

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Any other suggestions? I am now considering the Asus RT-N56U siince it offers everything I'll ever need, and an AE1000 would set me back an additional $20. Is this a good setup?

EDIT: Just realized I have a spare mPCIe Intel 4965AGN. Could I pair it with this adapter?
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The E4200 and the N56U are neck and neck in performance
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I would vote Linksys E4200 Wireless N Router.

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The difference is, the E4200 is a refurb with a 90 day warranty, and the Asus is brand new, for $10 more. Is it wise to go down a refurb route?
 
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refurb is good as new all refurb really is is just units that didn't pass Quality control and then they send it back down the line and through Quality Control again At least thats what i know
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