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My dad just started heavily using netflix on the Wii and I was thinking of going ahead and updating the router from Wireless G to Wireless N.


I am coming from this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833122269

and thinking of going to this

http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0316231

I know its not a name brand but I had sucess with Tenda's Wireless N USB adapter.


Would it be slower in some ways, faster or about the same?
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What is your budget for this? There are definitely better choices such as the TP-Link WR1043ND.
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What is your budget for this? There are definitely better choices such as the TP-Link WR1043ND.
just wondering the advantages to getting the microcenter router.
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If it performs as advertised, you would see some speed increases I'm sure, assuming its not your broadband connection bottlenecking you.
I'm not fond of that brand however. Might not perform as you want.
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a friend picked it up, it works, but the range isnt very strong for a n router

his wrt54g v3 router (with dd-wrt) has better coverage @40mw

when you set it up, scan for nearby wireless networks, and assign it a channel thats atleast 2 apart from others around you

ex. if others are using ch 1, 6, 8, 11
set it to use ch 3 or 4
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a friend picked it up, it works, but the range isnt very strong for a n router

his wrt54g v3 router (with dd-wrt) has better coverage @40mw

when you set it up, scan for nearby wireless networks, and assign it a channel thats atleast 2 apart from others around you

ex. if others are using ch 1, 6, 8, 11
set it to use ch 3 or 4
thanks for the advice.

Isn't it worth the 5 extra bucks to get a Wireless N with probably a better firmware even though the range isn't as strong as the Wireless G?
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thanks for the advice.

Isn't it worth the 5 extra bucks to get a Wireless N with probably a better firmware even though the range isn't as strong as the Wireless G?
Wireless N routers are backwards compatible with wireless G devices so there's really no reason to stay on G.
post #8 of 11
n can use higher frequencies than g, should travel farther with less power, depends more on the environment tho
post #9 of 11
I am pretty sure the Wii only has a G antenna, so you probably won't see any speed increases, but its still a good upgrade. Buying a cheap router usually ends up bad in the long run because they just don't last long.

I have had this router for like 2 years now and its still going strong. http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0323777
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I am pretty sure the Wii only has a G antenna, so you probably won't see any speed increases, but its still a good upgrade. Buying a cheap router usually ends up bad in the long run because they just don't last long.

I have had this router for like 2 years now and its still going strong. http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0323777
Well the Netgear was like $15 bucks shipped from Newegg and its been fine since like June of 09. I am not worried about the Tenda lasting longer, I am just trying to figure out if it would be slower in any way than the NetGear


Also what is 802.11u ?
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