06-23-2012, 12:44 AM
| | Re: Router/AP compatibility
On 6/22/2012 9:16 AM, Warren Oates wrote:
> I have a Dlink DGL 4300; it works very well and has been for at least 5
> years now. I don't need to replace it, but I don't know how long it's
> liable to last, so I've been looking at replacements. I'm looking at
> routers of the same quality, with a 5-port gigabit switch.
> Of course, any new router will be 802.11n which is of course fine by me
> and the various guests who use the wireless. Except that I have an
> Engenius wired to it as an AP for the other side of the house (and the
> back-yard), which is 802.11g, and this setup works properly for
> "seamless roaming" around the place.
> The question is: if I replace the DGL4300 with (say) a Netgear N600,
> will the "wireless roaming" still be seamless? If someone connects
> 802.11n and roams to the back-yard, what will happen? Or will I need a
> new AP as well?
On my router, you can select which modes it uses. N is wider than G, so
I suspect some people have trouble with it (neighbor conflict). To be
honest, I just use G, even though I have some N clients.
Come to think of it, I would need to occupy both a standard G band and a
wide N band. N is 40MHz wide, nearly the whole band. Kind of piggish.
In any event, just don't use the N feature and I guess everything would
be the same. I'm trying to recall if I ever bothered with the N mode at
all. I think I never bothered to test it.