I should preface this by saying that I do know the basic difference between gigabit & ethernet routers: Gigabit = 1000MBps, Ethernet = 100MBps. My system is XP SP3.
I'm looking for a good quality wireless router for 1 computer only (an XP desktop). I'm trying to sell my house and my agent suggested that I should move my computer out of the 2nd bedroom (house only has 2) to a corner of the living room addition. I have a cable modem jack in the bedroom now and where I want to move the computer is about 35 feet away, on the same floor as the bedroom. In a few months I may add a new Win 7 notebook to my new house (in addition to the tower PC) but I'll cross that road when the time comes.
My friends at the Virtual Dr Networking
forum have been giving me guidance and Midknyte has been especially helpful. I was thinking about purchasing a Buffalo WZR-HP-G300NH
yesterday but then I started to wonder if I truly would need and/or utilise the gigabit capability. My computer does have a gigabit network card.
I currently have cable broadband and a connection speed of 400 Mbps (this number is from my 1394 Connection Status). How would a gigabit router benefit me vs. a fast ethernet? Would a fast ethernet router (100 Mbps) actually slow my current connection down? Is that why Midknyte is recommending a gigabit router? I ran a flash speed test at DSLReports 1 month ago and my down/up speed was 128/695 Kbps.
All I do with this computer is connect to the 'net and surf (no porn sites). I don't play any online games and my home is an XBOX-free zone (no other game systems). I don't use my machine as a phone either. I don't use Outlook or any other POP-based email.
I'm kind of leaning towards the Linksys E1000
and they claim "up to 300 Mbps of transfer speed." Will I be slowing my connection speed down any with this capacity (my last down/up speed was 128/695 Kbps)?
Last, but not least, The Budget:
I have a loose cap of $60-70 to spend on a router. Important:
I need to purchase any new router from Amazon.com as I have a $25 gift card that I want to use. The ASUS RT-N13U
was suggested at VDr as an option and the price is great (there is a $20 rebate) but I have read many people's horror stories about the installation and use at Newegg.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.