What a Wireless-N router can handle

by on May 6, 2010

Q: I want to install a router for my two laptops, one desktop computer, and a Linksys Skype phone. Would a Wireless-N dual-band router with Gigabit Ethernet and USB ports be enough to run all the devices?

A: Your slow point is going to be your Internet connection not your router. The wireless router you are looking at has a lot of nice features and in theory can handle speeds of up to 300 Mbps (more likely to be around 100 Mbps though) over the wireless network and over the wired network it can handle 1000 Mbps. Mbps stands for a million bits per second and is a common way to measure how much data can be transferred in a second.

It is possible that some of your devices that connect to this router only support wireless g and that would allow you to do around 54 Mbps. Your Ethernet port supports 1000 Mbps and that is what would connect you to the DSL or cable modem. I bring up these speeds so that we can compare it to the average DSL or able connection.

Your average broadband connection is between 1.5 and 6 Mbps, which is significantly slower than what your wireless router can handle. This is the case for almost all home networking gear. The networking gear is really fast and can do a lot of things but the broadband connections have not increased in speed as quickly as the networking gear has.

So you wireless router will more than handle what you have going on.

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