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Sunday, June 01, 2008

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Router Speed - Which One is the best?

A Router is needed when you want to share your internet speed when you have more than 1 computers. Example 1 Laptop, 1 PC, 1 Mobile Phone (wifi enabled).

So what kind of routers that you will need?

This is just a short information about the router speed.

The router speed currently is being split to 3

1. 802.11b - 11 Mb/s
2. 802.11g - 54 Mb/s
3. 802.11n - 300 Mb/s

Typically, the new laptops / computers comes with builtin 802.11b and 802.11g.
Very few will support 802.11n. Why ?

The reason is very simple, the 802.11b and 802.11g are already in "standard" while the 802.11n are still in "draft" mode.

So eventhough you will be able to buy 802.11n router (the fastest one) in the market, but it may not compatible with future N client in the future when the standard has been finalised.

What are the best routers ?
In my own opinion, I like linksys brand.

For 802.11B/G:
Linksys WRT54G (allows 802.11b and 802.11g) are one of the best in the market
I own it for 5 years without having any problem. So if you are still interested for a router, get this model. Worth the $

For 802.11N:
Belkin N Router(allows 802.11b/g/n)
This is simply because Linksys is too expensive for now :(.
I own it for 1.5 months and so far so good.

Eventhough they claim to be able to transfer up to 11/54/300Mbps, in reality, you will get less than this. Especially if your house have a thick wall.

In my place, I only manage to get 270 Mbps. But oh well, this is good enough for me :).