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How much of a difference is actually made?

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Always have wondered this I suppose. On a small home network of probably 5 connections or so, with some gaming in there. Does it really make a difference if you are to buy let's say a $40 wireless router VS something like a $100 router? I know that you can get some more customization options and whatnot with the more pricey ones but do you actually gain a substantial amount of speed? Or are there other pro's I am missing?
 

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Newegg copies and pastes. If it is wrong on the manufacturer's page, it is likely wrong on Newegg too.

Depends on the protocols it uses (e.g. 802.11a/b/g/n/ac) and the processing power in it (usually a Broadcom chip). More expensive routers usually have more robust hardware.
 
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This is my brain on narcotic pain killers. :(
 
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Some of the cheaper routers are just as fast now and the customizing options are also there. The big price jump is for Gigabyte ports. Which is only a benefit if you transfer large files accost your wired network. Dual bands and guest networks is another price jump giving you as many as 6 wireless networks in one. Then there is reliability. A cheap router will work fine until your get a lot of traffic say 6 or more people connected or running torrents. Then they can get hick ups, overheat and speed starts to deteriorate. But Ive reviewed routers that were fine really. Just not with Gigabyte ports. ie Western Digital My Net N600 which is about $50 or the Netgear WNR1000
 
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To answer your question, we need to know your usage habits. Is each device always online? 2/5 are for gaming? Stuff like that.
 
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To answer your question, we need to know your usage habits. Is each device always online? 2/5 are for gaming? Stuff like that.
Was more or less a question of curiosity however for me its 1 device running games and the others more than likely just web browsing. One possibly downloading at times as well.
 

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I'm using a zyxel router i got for free from my ISP, it has a dual aerial 300n wifi, I have no complaints, still get 2-2.4MB/sec.
 
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there is a thing called WAN to LAN Throughput. that parameter gives you how much of your connection brandwidth you actually use. it also gives you speed of your lan.
if you get router with high routing throughput (700mbps and above) you may also want to use cat6 cables so that you get real gbit lan which will indeed boost your lan speed and only limitation that you will have in you nethwork will be speed of your hdd drives
here is an example for WAN to LAN Throughput of wnrd3700v2
here is chart with router throughput for most popular routers.

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I'm using a zyxel router i got for free from my ISP, it has a dual aerial 300n wifi, I have no complaints, still get 2-2.4MB/sec.
:roll: :roll:
wnrd3700v1 300n laptop+cat5 cabled desktop pc 8-10MB/sec lan copy (both are with sata 2 hhds)
torrent download goes up to 8-9MB/sec depends on the seed
100mbps optic to isp
 
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Was more or less a question of curiosity however for me its 1 device running games and the others more than likely just web browsing. One possibly downloading at times as well.
You should be fine then with a cheaper router I would think.
 

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hm your is adsl modem+router not router only.
I'm not sure if a lot of people in the uk use a separate modem/router. No one I know does.
 
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Yea they do tend to come from the broadband supplier, I have BT fibre and am using their home hub 4 (router) and adsl modem, wired PC connection to the hub is fine 8-9MB/s download (internet not file transfer) wireless caps out at around 3-3.5MB/s as tested from both my phone and PC in close proximity though I don't need a better wireless connection than that anyway. It must 5+ years the last time I used one that wasn't from the ISP