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Gigabit Routers??

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by Kenworth, Mar 13, 2011.

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    Hi Folks...I'm using verizon DSL.

    Is there any advantage to switching to one of these "gigabit" routers I see? The one I have now isn't a gigabit....Thanks...Ken
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    A supper fast router is only useful if you are moving a lot (GB lots) of data back and forth between your home computers and other devices on the local network: streaming video to AppleTV, copying GBs of data between computers, using a local network storage solution:

    Otherwise, almost any router bought in the last 5 years is much faster than your ISP. A faster router will have almost no effect on your internet connection speeds.
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    The "Gigabit" part of that is only referring to wired connections. Gigabit Ethernet.
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    Like said already, you will only see the speed difference on local wired-connected devices.
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    Router with wired devices

    Thanks for the input, I have three wired devices...a TV and 2 desktops. So if the DSL doesn't support gigabit speeds that type router would still make no improvemeent?? Ken
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    It will only improve the connections between your three wired devices. Not your connection to the internet for those devices. You could stream video to your TV faster, or transfer files between the computers faster. Of course, if it is already fast enough that you don't notice any lag or problems, then it's a bit like building a four lane main street through the middle of a rural town. Just a lot of unused road.

    To continue the analogy, your DSL router is like a two lane hi-way to the next city. No matter how wide you make Main street, the traffic is only going to come and go as fast at the road out of town.
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    All devices attached to gigabit routers must have gigabit ports and be hard wired to gain speed. One has to understand that in home use it is not a big deal but in a work envioment with say 40 computers accessing a server running high end products like Archicad or digital video it is important. The home gigabit routers are basic compared to real business gb router which can cost heaps more.

    The best choice for an iPad is to have a quality n router but be careful of brands . Personally My choice for my clients is Netgear
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    Personally I use a D-Link router at home and it works great. Some posts here a while back seemed to suggest there were WiFi connection problems with certain Belkin routers.
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    I have 3 mobile broadband and was going to buy a 3 router but ive heard that other routers work? Do they? What type do i need.
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    What do you need the router for?

    What you need, depends on how you plan on using the setup, so it would be helpful, if you give a short description of what you intend to do.

    If you connect via 3G, there is no need for a router. For sharing the Internet via wifi, the Mifi would suffice.

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