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Wireless N Worse Range Than Wireless G?

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I just got this new Wireless N usb adapter because I got this N router awhile ago so I wanted to make full use of it. This was my old wireless g adapter. I've always have 5 bars on it so I just switched them out and now with the wireless n one i only have 4 bar. When I compare the signals of neighbors internet's, i usually have 1-2 bars on all of them. But with the new one, it shows 1 to no bars and some don't show up. I know atleast 2 of them have n-routers. I think my g one has mimo xr stuff but i still though n would reach farther. Will that 1 bar mean anything because of the better stuff on wireless n, which ever one is crappier i'll just give to my brother. Would the worse range n adapter still be better at online games and such?
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Which band are you using on the router, 2.4Ghz or 5Ghz? The reason I'm asking is because with the 5Ghz band, the range is reduced tremendously while in the 2.4Ghz it should be at least the same as your wireless G router. Also, even though range is important, the speed of the transmission is even more important. So 4 bars at 300mbps is better than 5 bars at 54mbps. Of course you don't always get the maximum speeds, I'm just giving this as an example.

I would read up on all the settings that your router has because some of them affect the range/speed of the router.
Edited by mrwalker - 1/25/11 at 3:09pm
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i know its on 2.4ghz. 5ghz has 2 bars. I looked at this post on the cisco website. The second post says some settings but i can't find them in the router settings. Ran a speed test on both of them. Both the same 21Mbs with same latency. I guess it just fine, i just don't like looking at that empty bar. I guess i'll give my brother the g one because the cisco one looks cooler
post #4 of 4
Check which firmware version you have on yours and update it if necessary.

Also, try using it for a week or so and decide from experience if the router functions any differently than your old one (i.e. faster/slower, etc.) In the mean time I would look at the settings like I said and try different things to see if you can improve the range/speed.
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