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single band vs dual band 802.11 N

Discussion in 'Networking' started by rainforest123, Nov 30, 2009.

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  1. rainforest123

    rainforest123 Thread Starter

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    I would like YOUR Recommendation / Opinion on whether I need single band or dual band.

    Currently, I have an 802.11b / g single band.

    ISP is cable; high speed, sort of; > 10 MBPS; < 80 MBPS

    Home network

    No gaming

    File & printer sharing

    W7, Vista, XP Home & XP Pro

    Thanks for your opinion.

    RF123
     
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  3. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Well, I have a 20mbit connection, and I can get full speed connections to my ISP from any of the 802.11g machines here.
     
  4. rainforest123

    rainforest123 Thread Starter

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    JW:
    Thanks.

    Is your router single band or dual band?

    RF123
     
  5. eberlysystems

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    Rainforest, you say '>80mbps down' - where are you getting that out of cable? At least in Pennsylvania, single use cable owners are only allowed a 2mhz channel band, which I'm pretty sure is good for 35mbps TOPS (i.e. - most vendors don't even support that).
    802.11g tops out at 54mbps (as I'm sure you know), so in my area, there's never a reason to do 802.11n (besides the fact... has it been ratified yet?)
    However, if you CAN get 80mbps, then you would benefit from the speed improvements of n. Otherwise, don't bother IMHO.
     
  6. rainforest123

    rainforest123 Thread Starter

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    not > 80; < 80
    Another way of noting that my download speed is between 10 MBPS & 80 MBPS.

    RF123
     
  7. eberlysystems

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    I'm sorry - I knew that and just typed it wrong. The question is, what does your ISP claim for actual max speeds, and have you seen them - particularly anything over 35mbps, and who is your ISP - I need some of that!
     
  8. rainforest123

    rainforest123 Thread Starter

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    I am not interested in download & upload speeds. I am aware that my ISP is the slow link.

    I want opinions about single vs dual band.

    Sorry for the confusion.

    RF123
     
  9. eberlysystems

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    Ok - sorry for contributing to the confusion on my part.

    I can't really speak to single/dual band N - I've been avoiding it like the plague until it was ratified (I believe just back in September?), and was sticking to G - I do a lot of SMB WAP and medium distance Bridge installations.

    But someone else will have to answer the N question... Sorry for useless info!
     
  10. JohnWill

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    The router in question was the Actiontec MI424WR that came from Verizon, and it's a plain 802.11g router. So, I guess that would be single band. :)
     
  11. rainforest123

    rainforest123 Thread Starter

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    I found the article that spawned my question.
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/1832...these_black_friday_online_hardware_deals.html
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    No problem. (y)
    Might be useful in a game of trivial pursuit or charades.
    :)
    I've been know to dispense information of questionable value, myself.
    :eek:

    JW:
    Thank you for the information!

    RF123
     
  12. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    There are some routers that have true dual-band capability, most don't. It's a good idea, but it also cost more money. For most folks, the capability would be wasted.
     
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    Don't you also need dual-band wireless adapters for your devices to take advantage of the capability?
     
  14. TerryNet

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    No. I didn't understand what they were talking about until post # 10. If I understand the quoted paragraph correctly a dual band router has two wireless access points--one for 'n' and the other for 'g.' That way 'n' adapters can operate at the higher speeds w/o being slowed by the 'g' adapter, which are on a separate wireless signal. Logically it sounds the same as having an 'n' router and a 'g' router with one configured as a switch and wireless access point.
     
  15. rainforest123

    rainforest123 Thread Starter

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    Thanks.

    TN:
    Makes sense to me; a 2 in 1 router. :)

    RF123
     
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