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Hello,
I am wanting to upgrade from my single band, 300Mbp/s Belkin N300. In my home, we have my mum's laptop, my step-dad's laptop, my sisters laptop, and my gaming pc. That is for the weekdays, then on the weekends two more laptops are added to the list. At the moment, when about 3 people are on the internet, Youtube, Facebook, pretty much, everything goes spastic. My game lags, youtube videos dont load, facebook becomes un-responsive. Its terribly annoying. None of the devices at the moment support dual band 5Ghz wireless, so i dont see the point in going there, unless i decide to upgrade my network adapter. So, im looking for an ADSL2+ router, for around $100 US & or AUS. Also, my gaming computer sits about two to three walls away from the router, and (on Win7) i get usually 3 to 4 bars of connectivity.

If you could help me out, that would be great.
    
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First off your problem is probably not your router.

 

As you describe you have a lot of devices connected to the internet at the same time. The 300Mbps has been just a top theoretical speed for connecting wireless devices.  

 

Yeah you could upgrade to a 450 Mbps router, which would maybe provide a very small boost in performance. Assuming that your wireless devices could handle such speeds.

 

Not sure about an Australian wireless band but in the U.S 2.4 is standard for most routers, 5GHZ is a less hectic  alternative sold on routers for a premium

 

Saying all that you'd have better mileage with getting a faster internet connection. It's doubtful your internet speeds are even close to 300mbps, on your current connection

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First off your problem is probably not your router.

As you describe you have a lot of devices connected to the internet at the same time. The 300Mbps has been just a top theoretical speed for connecting wireless devices.  

Yeah you could upgrade to a 450 Mbps router, which would maybe provide a very small boost in performance. Assuming that your wireless devices could handle such speeds.

Not sure about an Australian wireless band but in the U.S 2.4 is standard for most routers, 5GHZ is a less hectic  alternative sold on routers for a premium

Saying all that you'd have better mileage with getting a faster internet connection. It's doubtful your internet speeds are even close to 300mbps, on your current connection

Very true, in Australia im lucky to hit 1.5Mbp/s on Steam
    
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Possible that 1 or more of the clients is hogging the bandwidth. Could be malware or P2P. Might want to check that before spending on a something you may not need.
If router is the culprit, you may get connection drops instead.
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