A little Black Friday help requested. (router & adapters)
Since then the 'Mouse has really slacked off on up-to-date-ness on hardware & rather than spend a butt-load of time catching up, is asking the support nerds for a little help with buying a BLACK FRIDAY new N-class router and PCI-e adapter for the desktop.
(WIN7 Ultimate on an AMD X6400 dual core.)
Currently I am limited by a NETGEAR 108 Mbps Super-G router feeding an Airtek 54 Mbps g-class adapter card located 10' from the router.
(The primary does have a PCI port available but I'd prefer to stick with the current PCI-e configuration on it.)
It's actual throughput is somewhere in the 15 Mbps-18 Mbps range, at the best of times, at 10'.
The other box can get as high as an actual 22 Mbps, (located right next to the router using a NETGEAR 108 Super-G PCI adapter).
Additionally we have a couple of lappys that get pretty miserable throughput in the back part of the house about 45' & 70' away, respectively.
It would be nice to get those up to even actual 10 Mbps throughput speeds rather than the 2 Mbps-4 Mbps they currently get, configured to use 54 Mbps g-band signal.
One lappy can use an Express card to get maybe better throughput, but the other one doesn't have an external port for one and would have to be swapped out internally.
Fortunately that one already has 300 Mbps N-band capability in the internal Wi-Fi adapter.
I figure switching to N-band would help the lappys out significantly, even if they have to still use the g-band, just because the N-band routers seem to have better penetration and distance than the b / g-band routers - though this Super-G router has a pretty strong signal itself.
Could be wrong about that though.
Currently a Charter Spectrum subscriber on promised 60 Mbps cable internet that delivers almost 69 Mbps on a cat-5 LAN connection and PROBABLY has actual 100 Mbps speed hidden behind the docsis 3 modem software Charter uses to enable 60 Mbps service here.
The reason I know they have 100 Mbps speed available is because I can currently get 69 Mbps on the cat-5 LAN cable, which is the LEGALLY mandated 70% of offered 100 Mbps service they MUST provide by federal regulation.
They offer upgrades to 100 Mbps service for a higher price but 60 Mbps is now standard for all users here.
In order to not only get current and maximize the full Wi-Fi potential of the 69 Mbps available on cat-5 LAN, 'Mouse would like to be at least somewhat "future-proofed" in case they decide to jack up the available speeds to 150 Mbps or even the 250 Mbps they are selling to corporate clients already.
Ergo: What I'm asking the shop for, is assistance and recommendations on which BLACK FRIDAY N-class router to buy Thursday.
It would be greatly appreciated if whomever does post an advisory give 2 options.
1.) Full Wi-Fi capability to get all 69 Mbps at the lowest BLACK FRIDAY price.
2.) Least expensive upgrade beyond what is currently needed to get the full 69 Mbps, to make sure I can get a full 100 Mbps - should it become standard fare for home service soon.