How To Choose The Best Wireless Router Speed!

When choosing the best wireless router, some of the speed terms and claims made by marketers can be confusing.

You'll see router boxes covered with claims like "5X faster", "10X faster", "MIMO", "108 Mbps", "WPA Enabled" and more -- and none of it explained!

This article will translate and explain the speed terms you need to understand so you can ignore the hype and go for the criteria that matter.

Together with the article, Choose Your Wireless Router... How To Maximize Security, you'll then have the knowledge with which to choose the best router for your type of usage.

So, we'll be looking at and talking about...

  1. Speed of data transfer
  2. Notebook and desktop adapters
  3. Supporting firewall articles

1. The Best Wireless Router... Speed Of Data Transfer

There are a number of wireless networking standards developed by the industry's regulating body, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Amongst these standards are those that set criteria for data transmission speeds.

Before purchasing a wireless router, you should determine how fast it transmits data -- a firewall manufacture must display the standard in its product specification. So, look for these specifications on the box. This is what they mean...

  1. 802.11a
    An IEEE wireless networking standard that specifies a maximum data transfer rate of 54Mbps and an operating frequency of 5GHz. This standard is now superseded, so don't even look at it!
  2. 802.11b
    An IEEE wireless networking standard that specifies a maximum data transfer rate of 11Mbps over the harmless 2.4GHz radio frequency. Again,don't even look at it. Move on to ...
  3. Fast: 802.11g
    An IEEE wireless networking standard that offers transmission at relatively short distances at a maximum data transfer rate of 54Mbps. It is ideal for 2 storey, 1-3 bedroom homes and has backward compatibility with 802.11b devices. Generally, standard 802.11g is classed as a "Fast" wireless router
  4. Faster: 802.11g (Super G)
    In some environments, standard 802.11g can suffer from poor range and an unreliable signal. So, enhanced 802.11g was developed for the best wireless router firewalls. They are classed as "Faster" and known as Super G. These routers claim to double the rate of standard 802.11g speed to 108Mbps, by bonding multiple channels, or by frame bursting. However, the bonded channel mode can interfere with other networks and be incompatible with standard 802.11g equipment. Frame bursting sends a series of data frames in quick succession, rather than renegotiating airtime after each single transmission. Super G allows more reliable and faster downloading of large files, video conferencing and high quality digital movies, etc. This is the standard that will more than satisfy the requirements of most home users and home businesses.
  5. Fastest: 802.11n
    The newest and fastest wireless connections are Wireless N, which has a maximum data rate of 248Mbps. It is more distance reaching than G and most people shouldn't have too much of a problem operating wirelessly in their garden.

    Many wireless N routers also employ multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) radio antennae to boost speeds. True MIMO uses a technique called spatial multiplexing, which breaks data into two separate and unique streams, sending each on a separate path between the router and client card. Once the two streams reach their destination, they're recombined.

    This technology is more suitable for larger homes and offices where there is multiple-user sharing of large data and graphic files, voice over IP, networked entertainment, gaming, and streaming video.

For an entry-level wireless solution, don't consider anything less than standard 802.11g. Most "g" devices are now inexpensive, so there's no need to consider 802.11 "a" or "b" wireless routers.

Besides competitive pricing, 'G' and 'N' routers have far superior security. 802.11b routers offer only Wired Equivalent Privacy security (WEP), whereas 802.11g and 802.11n routers have Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), which overcomes the weaknesses of WEP.

For those who use their best wireless router to get online via a broadband connection and aren't moving large files, standard, fast 802.11g is more than sufficient... and it's cheap!

If you are moving large files or want a much longer reach, then go for the fastest... an N router.

2. The Best Wireless Router... Notebook And Desktop Adapters

To get the optimum speed out of our router, we need to ensure that our computer, whether it be a notebook or a desktop, is compatible with its wireless connection.

In other words, if we are going for a Faster Super G or the Fastest N router, we need to wirelessly connect to the router with a notebook or desktop adapter that matches this speed. If, for example, we connect using Fast, Standard G, we will lose the superior data transfer speed and distance if we're connecting to an 8011.n router .

The desktop adapter is easily installed in a vacant slot in our desktop or tower. The notebook adapter just slides into the notebook's PC card slot.


3. The Best Wireless Router... Supporting Firewall Articles

  1. Free And Buy Firewalls Reviewed. Imagine what it would feel like to connect to the Internet and know you are fully protected from intruders. Well, it's within your grasp!
  2. Free Or Buy Firewalls? The Pros And Cons. There are three "types" of firewall to choose from. We can buy firewalls -- software and hardware -- or we can use a free firewall download. But which type is best for our computer?
  3. How Firewalls Work And Security Terms Explained. Hardware and software firewalls work and secure traffic in different ways. You'll want to understand this to get the best security for your bucks!
  4. The Best Wireless Router... How To Maximize Security. With basic security configuration, a wireless connection can be accessed by other computers and crackers in the vicinity. Learn how to ensure your router is protected.
  5. What Are The Effects Of Computer Hacking?. Explains how malicious hackers target our PCs, what the effects are and how we can protect ourselves.
  6. Is XP Firewall Safe?. The Windows firewall has a number of flaws. If you're using it, read this!

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