Wireless N was touted to be the Next Big Thing in Wi-Fi when first introduced, and, well.. it really hasn’t been. In order to make the most out of Wireless N, every device must be N-capable and be able to connect at the 5GHz level instead of the older 2.4GHz. If that’s not possible, N connectivity in many instances won’t serve you any better.
(Side note: One can only hope Wireless AC will cure this ill, but time will tell as that wireless tech is still a very new thing at the moment.)
When is G better than N?
In my experience, anything under 100 Mbps connectivity when connected with N isn’t even worth bothering with.
If for example you’re hovering between 60 and 80 Mbps, you’re really not going to notice any significant difference between G and N, and in fact N may be slower. Sure, the Mbps number is higher, but the connectivity is probably spotty at best which negates the higher connection rate.
If you’re able to get a solid 54 Mbps connection with Wireless G with “full bars”, more often than not your uploads and downloads will be faster because the connection is more stable.
On the other hand, if you have a solid 150 or 300Mbps connection on N, you’re getting proper N connectivity and shouldn’t change anything. However as said above, if you’re constantly dipping below 100 Mbps on N, consider switching back to G. You can fortunately do this without having to buy a new router where you can simply load up the administration program in the browser and set the wireless to “G only” or “B/G only”.
How do you see what your wireless connection speed is in Windows 7?
Do the following:
1. Right-click the “bars” icon in the tray and choose “Open Network and Sharing Center”
2. Single-left-click your wireless connection (most likely labeled “Wireless Network Connection”)
3. Your wireless speed will be listed on the next screen along with other information
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