Do I really need (or want) a simultaneous dual band router?
This is my first time posting here, and I want to thank you all for the tremendous amount of info. that is provided on these forums and smallnetbuilder.com.
I really want a gigabit switch in my wireless router, and think that I should also have simultaneous dual-band capability. I've narrowed my choices down to a $100 refurbished Linksys WRT610N, or either of EnGenius' models, the ESR-7750 or the ESR-9850 ($50-$70).
I am going to move all of my routing equip. and my HP MediaSmart Homeserver that is currently upstairs in my office downstairs into my living room near my T.V. so that I can take advantage of wired networking speeds to my XBOX 360 and increase my wireless performance. I already have a dual-band wireless N adapter on my XBOX 360, but I don't think I can realize it's true capability with my wireless router upstairs and half way across my house. So, I'm gonna bring the MediaSmart downstairs, and probably just hook it up via the gigabit router directly to my XBOX360.
I'm under the impression that gigabit routing capability should be the primary concern here, and that simultaneous dual-band routing should be secondary. I'd like to have both, but finding a router than can do both effectively for less than $100 is nearly impossible.
-I have FIOS in my home.
-I live in a single family home, w/out much bleed over from my neighbors wireless networks.
-I have no home landline wireless phones to cause interference.
-I may in the future get the Sprint Airave (1900 mhz CDMA spectrum) running in my house to increase my mobile phone reception.
-My laptop has dual-band capability, and the new laptop my girlfriend will get shortly will as well.
- I want to run my new router in only wireless-N mode, so I will also be running my trusty ZyXel wireless-g router so that my girlfriend can connect her iPod Touch to it, and I'll use it as guest access.
Your thoughts? Do I really need both simultaneous dual-band routing AND gigabit capability?
(I'm sorry for the long read, but I wanted to provide you with all of the pertinent information.)