May 17th, 2012

What is the difference in all the wireless N speeds?

Cedric wrote a great explanation of dual-band routers, but I keep getting questions from my customers about the difference between the N150, N300, N450, N600, N750 and N900 labels on our various wireless routers and what value the higher-priced routers provide.

The simplest is N150. These are single-band 2.4 GHz-only routers. N150 routers simply use a single stream instead of utilizing two. Speeds are therefore limited to a maximum of 150 Mb/s when used with wireless N equipped devices.

N300 devices may be either single-band or dual-band. On either band, they can utilize two streams and hit a maximum of 300 Mb/s. However, if you’re looking at an N300 simultaneous dual-band router, it’s important to note that neither band will be able to exceed 150 Mb/s when both bands are in use. For simple home use, it’s hard to go wrong with one of these when the price premium over an N150 router is usually only $10 or $20.

As with N300 routers, N450 routers may be either single-band or dual-band, but since this technology tends to crop up in more premium products anyway, they are usually dual-band. These utilize three streams to deliver 450 Mb/s speeds, making them faster than N300 routers, but still subject to the same limitations during simultaneous dual-band use.

N600, N750 and N900 all make the guarantee that simultaneous dual-band usage won’t impede the performance of any single network. With N600, users get 300 Mb/s on both the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands. N750 ups the 5 GHz band to 450 Mb/s, and N900 gives you two simultaneous 450 Mb/s connections.

Now, you may have no use for triple-stream 450 Mb/s networks right now, but an N750 or N900 router is a great way to future-proof your home or business. If you want to go dual-band, but don’t want to splurge for a triple stream setup, N600 routers are becoming quite affordable and for current wireless equipment pack the best bang for the buck.

Chris at Store 2
Granville & Georgia

Comments are closed.

Previous Post:

Next Post:

  • Join Us!

  • Subscribe via email

    By providing this information, you are opting to receive blog post alerts from London Drugs. You may unsubscribe at any time. See our privacy policy for more information. London Drugs ǀ 12831 Horseshoe Way, Richmond, British Columbia V7A 4X5 Canada ǀ Customer Service 1-888-991-2299

  • Tweets

  • Archives

  • Categories

  • Meta

All Rights Reserved © 2016 London Drugs Ltd.