Hi Rodney and other forum members,
I am currently moving from my parents house to go live with some friends. We will be 3, and we are all gamers.
So after doing some research, I decided which internet company and which plan we should go for. Yes, I picked a crazy 60 mbp/s plan.
But now I'm stuck at choosing a router. What should I look for in the specs? 450 mbps? 900? Which options? Does the number of antenna matter? Can it handle several devices? Can it handle 4-5 PC when we will do LAN and stuff?
Please help me Rodney :'(
PS: Sorry for my bad English, I learned it from online games so I have a lot of problems with verbs tenses :(
Well, Cat. 6 cables and a gigabit router is still the way to go for best speed, but that's a wired setup. If fast wireless is you're preference, go with a 5GHz router (with 5GHz adapters on each system), but keep all the systems close to the main router.
I'm currently using Amped Wireless gear myself:
What is the utility of the repeater?
Most of the computers will be connect via wireless.
Ok I just watched the video review. I don't think I will need a repeater.
The router cost a lot. I see you are currently selling a TRENDnet router, is it powerfull enough for my needs or should I really pay the big bucks for an heavy router? Thanks a lot :)
When you are gaming with wireless, range will be an important factor to consider. Unless you are living in a very large home, the TRENDnet router will be more than sufficient.
No, you don't need the latest and greatest, but the 5GHz will give you wired-like speeds when close to main 5GHz router. If on a budget, go 2.4GHz, which in fact will give you more range, but less performance when close to main router/access point.
This might interest you: http://www.3dgameman.com/q-and-a/443/best-wireless-option-24ghz-or-5ghz
I'm still old-school, and using an 802.11n system on 2.4Ghz. The 5Ghz will give you greater signal-to-noise ratios, which can be useful for penetrating noisy areas (power transformers, circuit breakers, florescent lights, etc. etc. etc.) but in a well put together network it isn't necessary.
My wife and I are both gamers. We have our flairs, but we both are into MMORPG games so we do a lot of games together. My internet package is only 30Mb, but 4 PCs connected to a game (my two oldest boys also game with us) as well as Netflix running on a couple devices and we still see no lag in-game. Most of the equipment is N, and we average between 300Mbps to, at the worst on the far side of the house, 130Mbps. Heck, I've even played across the street at the pool, and that netted a solid 50Mbps, still clean enough to play cleanly.
The only issue is one machine that is still using a G USB adapter, so it is more prone to fade-off due to signal interference, but it is a desktop and we found it a nice home where the signal is clean.
As far as picking out a router, look not so much at the antenna number (but get at least 2), look more for MIMO compliancy. That is Multi-In Multi-Out, and works to keep one machine from tying up the bandwidth. Cheaper routers don't use transmitters with this feature, and you can get lag like crazy on a busy network. Multi-antenna devices allow better positioning of the output to create a stiffer signal (remember the coat-hanger trick on old TVs? Probably not...), but this has NO EFFECT in truth in an EM-clean environment. I'm still using a Belkin corporate router (4-Gigabit plus 2-antenna 2.4Ghz N,G,B plus 5Ghz A) with two antennas, and even though it is within 4 feet of a florescent light ballast it has no issues.
I'm reluctant to swap routers because this guy has a very customizable active firewall with a beefy processor, and I seem to be one of those people who attracts hackers. Of course, that said, I've had this router for 4 years and it still remains bullet-proof and is still being supported regularly. Buying up the scale can have benefits... and I don't think Belkin is even doing corporate-grade equipment anymore.
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