Wifi help

I just switched to Comcast xfinity so that I can get faster internet. I bought a 343Mbps modem/router N. However, the technician told me to get an AC router. Without going overboard, what is my best solution for a router/modem.

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What is the speed of the internet connection that you got? I am talking about the internet service provider connection, not the connection inside the house. If the speed is 100MB or less then just about any N compatible router will do. That is assuming your PC internal modem supports N.

Also keep in mind that  faster internet access does not mean faster data access between your PC and the website that you are on.

Go AC is you can. Future proof.

New devices and computers can handle AC technology. It is faster and can handle more bandwidth hence more speed if there is a lot of devices using the WIFI.

Please note that your devices must be AC capable to take advantage of the AC router and hence faster speeds.

I use the Netgear AC 1900 Nighthawk Router. The technician is giving excellent advice.

 

Mr.T posted:

What is the speed of the internet connection that you got? I am talking about the internet service provider connection, not the connection inside the house. If the speed is 100MB or less then just about any N compatible router will do. That is assuming your PC internal modem supports N.

Also keep in mind that  faster internet access does not mean faster data access between your PC and the website that you are on.

If I connect the laptop directly into the modem my speed test is over 90mbps. If I perform the speed test wirelessly, it is only 20 something.

yuji22 posted:

Go AC is you can. Future proof.

New devices and computers can handle AC technology. It is faster and can handle more bandwidth hence more speed if there is a lot of devices using the WIFI.

Please note that your devices must be AC capable to take advantage of the AC router and hence faster speeds.

I use the Netgear AC 1900 Nighthawk Router. The technician is giving excellent advice.

 

Now this is a completely different scenario. How the hell do I know if my devices are AC compatible?

ksazma posted:
Mr.T posted:

What is the speed of the internet connection that you got? I am talking about the internet service provider connection, not the connection inside the house. If the speed is 100MB or less then just about any N compatible router will do. That is assuming your PC internal modem supports N.

Also keep in mind that  faster internet access does not mean faster data access between your PC and the website that you are on.

If I connect the laptop directly into the modem my speed test is over 90mbps. If I perform the speed test wirelessly, it is only 20 something.

That is well wrong.

Check what kind of wireless card you have in your PC. Then use that information to see if the manufacturer of the card has a new driver. Also check if they got a user interface from where you can select different wireless connection formats such as A, B, G, N. I have a suspicion that you are currently connected to the router from the PC via one of the slower options. I am connected to my routers (I use more than one for business security reasons ) at 300MBps. It is the top speed for the actual router as well.

Mr.T posted:
ksazma posted:
Mr.T posted:

What is the speed of the internet connection that you got? I am talking about the internet service provider connection, not the connection inside the house. If the speed is 100MB or less then just about any N compatible router will do. That is assuming your PC internal modem supports N.

Also keep in mind that  faster internet access does not mean faster data access between your PC and the website that you are on.

If I connect the laptop directly into the modem my speed test is over 90mbps. If I perform the speed test wirelessly, it is only 20 something.

That is well wrong.

Check what kind of wireless card you have in your PC. Then use that information to see if the manufacturer of the card has a new driver. Also check if they got a user interface from where you can select different wireless connection formats such as A, B, G, N. I have a suspicion that you are currently connected to the router from the PC via one of the slower options. I am connected to my routers (I use more than one for business security reasons ) at 300MBps. It is the top speed for the actual router as well.

Thank you. I change the router/modem. I got the Netgear AC1750 router/modem and my wifi speed came in at nearly 100.

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