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Upgrade to Wireless AC?

Discussion in 'Firewalls and Networks' started by vom53, Apr 24, 2014.

  1. vom53

    vom53 Established Techie7 Member

    Currently, I have a 2wire 3600 HGV. It's a modem/router combo provided with AT&T UVerse. AT&T's hardware is years behind many of the other ISPs so there is a limit to the number of NAT connections and devices that can connect. Also, it is on Wireless G.

    Now, I am looking at adding a Wireless AC router behind the 2Wire. It would mostly likely be the Netgear Nighthawk. What are the benefits of adding a Wireless AC router?
  2. Digerati

    Digerati Super Moderator Techie7 Moderator

    A limit? Sure! But, Ethernet protocols have not changed that much in 30 years so that limit is around 255 devices. That is not your problem.

    As for benefits with 802.11ac over 11g they mainly include significantly faster speeds and range.

    HOWEVER - to take advantage of those benefits, you must have a 1Gbit/sec network. That is all your devices must support faster network protocols (10/100/1000 Ethernet) and 11n or 11ac wireless, otherwise your network will toggle down to the speed of the slowest device - unless you buy a "simultaneous" dual band router.
  3. vom53

    vom53 Established Techie7 Member

    Thanks Digerati. In your opinion, what would you recommend with a business still using wireless g?
  4. Digerati

    Digerati Super Moderator Techie7 Moderator

    Depends on the type of business and their computing/networking goals. If they still have 11g devices out there that need connectivity, they may have no option but to stick with what they have.