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I'm sure this has been asked 1 million times before but I can't seem to find a straight low down answer.

I'm wanting to upgrade my wireless g system to n. I recently moved the computer to the bedroom upstairs and can no longer run a wired connection I can to depend on.

I've got a 20Mb/s connection from Verizon Fios but see my speeds drop down to under 1Mb/s at some points with the g connection, but shifts from between 14 at it's peak to super slow. It was always steady at 19 - 20 Mb/s with the wired connection no matter what time of day.

So I'm curious is it maybe my wireless g setup that is holding me back? Would I be able to get some of that speed back by going to to a wireless n setup?

Thanks for you help! Much appreciated!!!
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It can if the reduced speed you're experiencing now is due to a weak signal with the G connection.

A wireless N router will throw a stronger signal which should result in better speeds if the previous statement is true as to the cause.

Worst case scenario, you could probably return the router and tell them you saw no noticeable change in performance and can't justify paying however much you did for the router.
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It can if the reduced speed you're experiencing now is due to a weak signal with the G connection.

A wireless N router will throw a stronger signal which should result in better speeds if the previous statement is true as to the cause.

Worst case scenario, you could probably return the router and tell them you saw no noticeable change in performance and can't justify paying however much you did for the router.
I don't know if it's a weak signal causing the problem. I get 50% 10 90% bars on my connection.

I didn't know if the increased throughput would make a difference.
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The increased throughput from N wouldn't do much (G can already transfer more than your connection is capable - G is rated at up to 54Mbps).

The increased signal strength though can mean that it may be capable of maintaining a stream of data at 20Mbps (your Fios connection).
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The increased throughput from N wouldn't do much (G can already transfer more than your connection is capable - G is rated at up to 54Mbps).

The increased signal strength though can mean that it may be capable of maintaining a stream of data at 20Mbps (your Fios connection).
Could the same be achieved if I buy a higher quality wireless adapter?
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N is pretty cheap. I recently got one of these
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833156232
conveniently on 24hr sale at the moment too.

Works very well after a firmware update. I get about 10MBps nearby and about 7MBps with a few walls in between.
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N is pretty cheap. I recently got one of these
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833156232
conveniently on 24hr sale at the moment too.

Works very well after a firmware update. I get about 10MBps nearby and about 7MBps with a few walls in between.
That's a good deal!

What about picking up one of these to maybe boost the reception?

TP-LINK TL-WN722N IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 High Gain Wireless Adapter

My router is downstairs about 30 feet away from my PC and I currently have a fairly cheap PCI wireless g adapter.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by evermooingcow View Post
N is pretty cheap. I recently got one of these
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833156232
conveniently on 24hr sale at the moment too.

Works very well after a firmware update. I get about 10MBps nearby and about 7MBps with a few walls in between.
but it has no wired lan ports
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but it has no wired lan ports
It has one in the back. It's an AP so it just bridges N to an existing LAN.

Quote:
Originally Posted by phrossbyte View Post
That's a good deal!

What about picking up one of these to maybe boost the reception?

TP-LINK TL-WN722N IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 High Gain Wireless Adapter

My router is downstairs about 30 feet away from my PC and I currently have a fairly cheap PCI wireless g adapter.
Yeah you will need an N client NIC too or it will be meaningless. I typically hear PCI/PCIe cards are better than USB though.
post #10 of 12
Sounds like Verizon is throttling you...

That wouldn't suprise me, I get throttled all the time too by my ISP.. >.>
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