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  1. teots's Avatar
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       #11

    The first router links that you posted or even the link i post is more than enough for you, don't forget beside isp, your modem, built in wifi or wifi card, all your network cables and web sites server play a part in speed.
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  2. Posts : 2,057
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       #12

    The Router wireless speeds quoted are connection speeds not real world speeds. The real world speed is a max of around 2/3 (66%) of the connection speed.

    So if they quote 300 Mbps that means a realistic maximum of 200 Mbps(66%). That is because wireless has significant overheads and error corrections.

    1,000 Mbps Ethernet has less overheads and far less error corrections thus you can get 950 Mbps(95%) of the connection speed.

    "Most people use 5ghz or 2.4ghz? "
    No, most will use both at the same time, simply because they will have single band (2.4 GHz) devices and dual band (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz) devices.

    "But if you have many walls in house, its better to use 2.4ghz?"
    No, because even if the the 5 GHz is weaker there could be a lot more channels and advanced modulation techniques which added together may well exceed the 2.4 GHz speed.

    The other two you have listed would also be OK, slightly faster specs and pricier.
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  3. Compumind's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64, Various Linux Builds, Networking, Storage, Cybersecurity Specialty.
       #13

    Just a footnote -

    There is way too much marketing associated with Wi-Fi equipment - it is not the same as a multi-Gb wired connection - yet!

    Wi-Fi 6 (AX) introduces some novel technologies to help mitigate the issues that come with putting several Wi-Fi devices on a single network.
    It lets routers communicate with more devices simultaneously, lets routers send data to multiple devices in the same broadcast, and lets Wi-Fi devices schedule check-ins with the router.

    Together, those features should keep connections strong even as more and more devices start demanding data.

    Wi-Fi 6E will be the game changer due to the 6 Ghz bandwidth and other enhancements. Still a bit early in the rollout.

    The bottleneck will be the ISP.

    FWIW
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  4. MisterEd's Avatar
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       #14

    Compumind said:
    Just a footnote -

    There is way too much marketing associated with Wi-Fi equipment - it is not the same as a multi-Gb wired connection - yet!

    Wi-Fi 6 (AX) introduces some novel technologies to help mitigate the issues that come with putting several Wi-Fi devices on a single network.
    It lets routers communicate with more devices simultaneously, lets routers send data to multiple devices in the same broadcast, and lets Wi-Fi devices schedule check-ins with the router.

    Together, those features should keep connections strong even as more and more devices start demanding data.

    Wi-Fi 6E will be the game changer due to the 6 Ghz bandwidth and other enhancements. Still a bit early in the rollout.

    The bottleneck will be the ISP.

    FWIW
    More and more devices that are being sold today have Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax). It is prudent to buy a router that supports it. Right now only my phone supports it but it is certain that my next laptop will also. Speed tests with my phone show connecting at 802.11ax instead of 802.11ac gives faster results. It is unknown if that translates into a real world difference.
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  5. Posts : 1,134
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #15

    Okay so the 2 links i originally posted... tp link and netgear... those are not wi-fi 6 routers... is that correct?


    The last 2 links i posted with the two tp link routers that are more expensive... $100 etc... those are wifi 6 routers?


    So if i get either the original cheaper ones that are $60 or so... tp link or netgear... is that more than good enough for me? Someone said that is more than good enough. Again we will be getting verizon fios with 300mbps plan. When i check the tp link router on amazon page, it did say good for up to speeds of 300mbps. But they have other more expensive tp link routers where it would describe... best for speeds up to 450mbps, 750mbps... and then 1000mbps plus. But that is almost unnecessary for almost majority of users right?


    Like if we were to upgrade from verizon fios 300mbps... to say higher like 450mbps or 750mbps or 1000mbps... would that $60 tp link or netgear router still be good enough? Or you would then need that $100 tp link router that is wifi-6?


    But the original tp link and netgear link $60 routers i posted are still modern right?


    But the old netgear n600 router that we been using for years... so back then... it was more than sufficient. Thus back 5 plus years ago... it was good enough. But now it isn't right?
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  6. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Pro Versions 2004 and 2009/20H2, Win10 Pro IP_Dev, Win10 Home 1909
       #16

    I replaced my older Gigabit Wireless Router as it did not have available firmware updates to comply with an announced security issue, got a Netgear Nighthawk AC2600 that seems quite nice. It has no Modem in it.
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  7. teots's Avatar
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       #17

    The first links of router that you posted is good for 300, 500 or 1000mbps speed plan, i would recommend tp-link over
    netgear. Wifi 6 router just came out, they are new and expensive, they might be improve in the future. Get the wifi 6 router
    only when you upgrade to 1000mbps in the future unless money is not a problem for you.
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  8. Posts : 1,134
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #18

    teots said:
    The first links of router that you posted is good for 300, 500 or 1000mbps speed plan, i would recommend tp-link over
    netgear. Wifi 6 router just came out, they are new and expensive, they might be improve in the future. Get the wifi 6 router
    only when you upgrade to 1000mbps in the future unless money is not a problem for you.

    Yea that was what i was considering when look at that $60 TP Link vs the $60 Netgear... i think TP Link is better.


    You say its good for 300, 500 or 1000mbps speed plan. Well verizon fios will be 300mbps. That is more speed than we need. But you are saying even if we were to get 1000mbps speed in the future, this TP Link would be more than good enough then? You say its good for 1000mbps plan... but then you say these wifi 6 router just came out and expensive and new.


    The thing is i don't want to buy a $60 router now... then few years later I have to buy the more expensive router... when I could just buy the more expensive router now... to futureproof so to speak. But that would be absolutely not necessary now right? Thing is the TP Link router is like 60 dollars... but if you look at the netgear ax 1800 which is around 70 dollars... that is wifi 6 and only 10 dollars more... which is barely anything. Of course you got the two other TP link routers in the other links that are $100 that are wifi 6.


    So based on this, you say just go with the TP link in the first link i posted then? I mean price isn't that much of a concern... can pay it... but its a bit like why do i need to buy a super expensive router if something like that TP Link is more than good enough.


    So is it good enough? Again 300mbps speed is what verizon fios is.
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  9. Posts : 362
    windows 10
       #19

    You speak of floors + basement.
    Look here on tomsguide us( Best Wi-Fi routers for 2021 | Tom's Guide ), you have the best routers + category on the same page at the top, the links for the best Wi-Fi mesh and the best Wi-Fi extenders. Wifi 6 and 5 are mixed except in the wifi extender there is only wifi 5 (AC).

    Do not pay attention to the values ​​on the 2.4ghz band of wifi N on wifi 5 routers because the speed will always be low, around 70-100 mbps. On the other hand wifi 6 in addition to the 5ghz band also uses the 2.4ghz band and the speeds look good, for example with 2 antennas on a device the speed is around 350mbps. But I don't know any more, I can't tell you if with a wifi router 6 with 2 antennas you will have this speed on the 2.4ghz band.


    As an example I have a wifi 5 router 3 internal antennas (3x3) theoretical speed 1300mbps. Set to the 5ghz band with the 80mhz bandwidth, I have on 1x1 devices around 270-310mbps and on a 2x2 device around 450-530mbps, all these results quite close to the router.
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  10. Winuser's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro Insider
       #20

    If you switch to Verizon Fios chances are they will supply you with a modem/wireless router combo and you can save your money.
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