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My router is about 10 years old but conforms to 802.11g specs. When I got it, it wasn't even called a router....it is called a Microsoft Wireless-G Base Station (model MN-700). This base station is hard-wired to my computer, and then serviced by a DSL modem from my little 'mom & pop' telephone company.

I'm not having any problems with it, but I'm just wondering if router technology has advanced to the point that a new router would be an advantage. I do tend to keep hardware as long as it's working.

Would appreciate any thoughts/comments.......thanks in advance.

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If you are not having any problems, the MN700 is still a good device. I'm using it as an 802.11g wireless access point in my network. I have another device that provides router functionality.

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It's only a question of speed.

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Thanks Steve and Patty for your responses. Like I said, I am not having trouble with my MN700, so I guess I will just keep it.

But Patty, I guess I don't understand your comment. Are you saying that a different router in my home might speed up my downloads? I thought that was controlled by my ISP.

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Your ISP will be the bottleneck for downloads, typically.
You noted that you are using a wired connection from the PC to the router, so the 802.11g limitation compared to a newer 802.11n wireless connection isn't an issue.
Additionally, if you were networking multiple devices in your home, the MN700 is a 100 megabit maximum speed device. Newer routers often support Gigabit for the LAN side -- not an issue if your devices don't support Gigabit connections, either.
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Steve, how do I know if a device supports Gigabit connections?

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It would be listed as a feature on the specifications -- it is still a premium feature. Remember that even with a Gigabit capable router for the LAN side (of the router), your ISP on the WAN side will still be the limiting factor for download speeds.

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Well my internet speed is about 100 mbps, while a g router is 54 mpbs. So that router would cut my speed. An n router is 300 mpbs.

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Well my internet speed is about 100 mbps, while a g router is 54 mpbs. So that router would cut my speed. An n router is 300 mpbs.

Sadly, you play at an entirely different level than do I. Here in the Arkansas boonies (where I love to live), some of our internet connections are still done by carrier pigeon. On a good day, my download speed is 2.6 Mpbs......so my Microsoft g router should be OK for a long time. :(

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The 802.11g vs. 802.11n spec only impacts a wireless connection. In my experience, a clean 802.11n signal will rarely, if ever deliver on that 300 Megabits spec for a file transfer. :-)
That said, I would have offered different advice about upgrading the router if you were using wireless and at least one PC had 802.11n capabilities.

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Sadly, you play at an entirely different level than do I. Here in the Arkansas boonies (where I love to live), some of our internet connections are still done by carrier pigeon. On a good day, my download speed is 2.6 Mpbs......so my Microsoft g router should be OK for a long time. :(


:) Yes, it should. :)

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