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Do routers need upgrading?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Generalcarry, Oct 20, 2006.

  1. Generalcarry

    Generalcarry NRA Member

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    I bought a wireless router ~ 5/6 years ago and while I'm in the process of upgrading the modem (free from Comcast) and purchasing a new desktop, should I throw some more money at a new router? I've got a Linksys 2.4GHz 802.11b. My wife bought a notebook that will obviously be in the mix.
    It just seems like common sense that if everything else is being improved the router would be no exception.
    Is there anything in particular I should look for? I trust you people more than a salesperson.
    Thanks!
     
  2. RaiderRodney

    RaiderRodney Just Win Baby

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    If I had a router that lasted 5 or 6 years there is no way I would buy a new one :) I usually get a little over a year out of them :( As far as upgrading to see a performance increase...it being wireless I'm sure you would see a little improvement. Still..if it ain't broke I wouldn't change it myself.
     

  3. blue0623

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    The only thing I would look at is to see if it was a B or G range if you have a B range router I might upgrade and buy a G range route to get more range with the wireless signal.
     
  4. TheGreatFuzzMan

    TheGreatFuzzMan Glock Addict

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    +1. The available throughput of 802.11b is 11 mb. The available throughput of the 802.11g is 54 mb. Range might be better with the G router. G is also backwards compatible with B devices. You will not see a difference in internet speed because the wireless network exceeds the internet connection even at the B level. G will increase speed for local network traffic, such as computer to computer, if it is over a local network connection.
     
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    BTW, it pays to upgrade the BIOS/FW in whatever router you have. Check the mfr's website every month or two. Most of these upgrades are security related and thus important!
     
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    TheGreatFuzzMan Glock Addict

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    +1. Definitely have to upgrade the firmware.
     
  7. RaiderRodney

    RaiderRodney Just Win Baby

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    Agreed. My newest router was horrible until I updated the firmware.
     
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    Why would you care? Is your Internet link faster than 11 Mbps?

    Upgrade firmware for security updates.
     
  9. blue0623

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    The reason I said it was because G range routers you can have a greater distance between the router and computer.
     
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    I think you're referring to 802.11a. 802.11g uses the same frequencies and power as 802.11b.
     
  11. Generalcarry

    Generalcarry NRA Member

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    If I'm understanding this correctly, the model 802.11b sends a weaker signal than the 802.11g. Say the maximum signal sent be the "b" model would be about 50 yards. The "g" model would exceed that distance by about 100 yards? Other than that, they would be pretty close to being equal?
     
  12. blue0623

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    Yes that is the way our routers work (I work for Time Warner Cable)and a lot of time in big houses that is what we have to do is put in a G router to be able to get the signal to the out lying computers.
     
  13. Generalcarry

    Generalcarry NRA Member

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    Thank You one and all.