WRT54G Router Technology Is The Best
If you’re searching for a wireless router for your home but aren’t sure which one to buy, you’re not alone. Technology in general can be confusing and you don’t always get a straight answer from the clerk at your favorite big box store. To help alleviate some of your frustration I’ve done quite a bit of research to help you understand which wireless router is best for your home. The company Cisco manufactures one of the most popular wireless router models called the wrt54g.
A common problem most consumers run into is choosing from the wide range of wireless router types available. Common features found within wireless routers are “wireless-G”, “wireless-N”, 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, or Dual Band. If you ask the stork clerk or salesperson, you’re lucky to get a clear concise answer to help you pick the right wireless router for your needs.
Why Is Wrt54G Router Technology The Best?
In this article we’ll discuss wireless G technology found in the wrt54g model and compare it to wireless N technology as it relates to this model. The first thing you need to do before you actually purchase your wireless router is consider what equipment you will be connecting to the wireless signal in your home and what the equipment will be used for. It’s common for most households to have a couple of cell phones, maybe a tablet, or a gaming unit, and finally a laptop.
Wireless Signal Utilization
If you’re surfing the web, emailing , social networking, and maybe watching a movie once in a while, then wireless G technology should work well in your home. The industry has defined wireless G technology to be slower than the newer wireless N technology. Both wireless G and wireless N run on the same frequency. You might be thinking that upgrading to wireless N technology is a must. For the average household, there isn’t a noticeable difference in wireless router speed for general tasks such as email, web, and watching the occasional movie.
Here’s a non scientific estimate of the speed difference between wireless G and wireless N technology.
- The load speed of a web page on wireless N may complete 1-2 second quicker.
- Downloads with wireless N may be a few seconds faster.
Ask yourself if spending more money to upgrade is worth it considering you’re really not getting a noticeable boost in performance.
Consider the speed of your internet service provider. You should be concerned about a bottleneck delay only if your internet service provider is giving you faster upload speeds than what your wireless router will output. If your ISP (internet service providers) is giving you 1.5 Mbps then don’t expect to get anything faster than that through your wireless router. If your ISP is giving you 11 Mbps upload speed, a wireless N router which can handle 54 Mpbs upload speed won’t make a difference. In this instance you are limited to the max speed of your internet service provider.
You may want to consider turning in your wireless N router only if you are a heavy internet user. For example, if you’re running web based software, gaming, watching lot’s of movies, or uploading/downloading large files on a consistent basis you may be a candidate for wireless N technology.
The reality is that wireless G technology is sufficient for the majority of average sized homes. If you live in very large house (+3200 Sq Ft) and need longer signal range to extend through the whole house, you may want to consider wireless N technology. The wireless signal from your wrt54g router can become dampened by thick walls in which case you could opt for a stronger router signal.
Here’s a list of reasons to upgrade from wireless-G technology to wireless-N technology.
- Downloading extremely large files on a regular basis causing slow speeds
- Router is too far away from computer or desired wireless device causing a weak signal
- Running multiple devices which use heavy data from the same wireless signal
A Closer Look At WRT54G Technology
This specific model of wireless router gives you the ability to plug in up to 4 devices with an ethernet cable to the back of the device. This is great is you want to utilize the wireless signal for a device while also utilizing the hard wired capability. Another nice feature is the ability to network your devices together on the wireless signal. This allows you to share documents, photos, and videos between your devices. Password protect and encrypt your signal to maintain privacy and security at home. Don’t worry about setup as this model comes with a super easy setup feature at the push of a button.
Most people like the feeling of buying something new and most believe in paying more for better quality. While wireless N technology has some added benefits, it’s not going to enhance the general home users experience that much to justify the expense of upgrading from a wrt54g model, in our opinion.