Happy Friday! I hope this newsletter finds everyone well. For those of you who are new to this newsletter, I welcome you! I know that as a new subscriber, this whole newsletter maybe a bit abrupt and confusing. To get caught up, check out the community newsletter archives. You'll see that each week's Q&A comes from the previous Friday's newsletter. So check them out and join the rest of CNET's community members in helping each other out and voicing your opinions--it's all good fun, and I hope you stick around. Now let's jump right in to this week's topic from member Ronald who is currently seeking a new wireless router to replace his 7 year old one, and has many questions in regards to newer wireless router technology.
Well Ronald, having your router last 7 whole years is pretty darn good. Maybe it's just my luck, but I personally have gone through 3 in the last 7 years and that's not by choice. So, has wireless router technology changed much in the past 7 years? The simply answer is yes, but dramatically different, probably not so much. Conceptually it all still the same and you can expect with the advancement of technology, they have made things faster, securer, and arguable in some case outputting better signals. But one thing is for sure, the manufactures have made things a lot easier for everyday folks who are not tech oriented an opportunity to set up their own wireless router without paying some expert to do or bother a friend to help out.
Ronald, a lot of your fellow members have come to your aid to bring you up to speed on what has changed in the wireless router world--from newer security standards, new signal spectrum, backward compatibility to older hardware to also giving you the idea of how much you can expect to see in speed increased or not. All-in-all great stuff to read up on. I have a few selected member answers in the Q&A to get you started, but do read them all.
If any of you have any additional advice, tips, or new in regards to wireless router technology, please offer them up in this week's discussion. I'm sure many of us are always eager to learn more. Thanks everyone for your help. Have an incredible weekend!
What's the latest in wireless router technology?
Hope your members can help me. My D-Link b/g wireless router
of 7 years finally is heading south (randomly turns off) and
it's time to shop for a new one. I haven't been keeping up
with all the latest and greatest router technology and I'm
not keen on the entire wireless set up as the previous one
was set up by a co-worker. I believe when I got my router 'g'
speed was the fastest. What letters are they up to now, are
we at Z? LOL. I'm sure it's much faster now, and I hear of
'n' technology. Is this the standard now? Are there any draw
back of going this route--pros and cons? Is signal strength
better (I'm not getting a good signal with my current one.)?
How much speed difference would I see going to 'n'? Are there
new features built in? Is it more secure? More costly, or
should I just go ahead and buy another 'g' router. Also if
all my wireless connections are b/g compatible, will getting
a 'n' wireless router be completely useless as I won't be
using the full potential of the router speed. Sorry I have so
many questions, I'm just completely out of the loop and a bit
lost. Please help educate this 61 year old geezer. Much
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