wireless router HELP!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by bigben334, Mar 11, 2006.

  1. bigben334 macrumors regular

    Apr 30, 2005
    im gonna buy a MBP...and my bro already has a windows pc...and i am looking for a good wireless router...for the past week i've planning to buy the new mimo netgear rangemax 240 wireless router for 150...because it can reach 240mps...but mine and my bro's computers both have built in wifi...and in order for the router to reach its full 240mps...we have to be using the wireless network notebook cards with it...so since we are not...is there a point in buying a router that expensive??...will i still get faster wifi if i buy it...or will i just be able to reach the 54mps limit that is in our laptops??....thanks for any help
  2. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    you'll only get up to 54mbps. as those are the cards you have in the laptops. but really, its not like you're internet connection is going over 54mbps is it? i wouldn't waste the cash on a marketing ploy like that.
  3. Acehigh macrumors 6502

    Mar 5, 2006

    Get an Airport Express the range is amazing with a MBP.
  4. unixfool macrumors 6502a

    Jan 21, 2006
    Northern VA
    MIMO is only one of that router's selling points. Another is range. You'll find (if you purchase it) that the range is almost ridiculous. I bought the Rangemax WPN824 and it was throwing its signals 3 houses down easily. Another is that it minimizes blindspots by intentionally bouncing signals around obstacles instead of through them. the WPN824 has like 7 antennas that constantly hunt for the best antenna profiles for the best coverage.

    No, you won't be able to take advantage of the MIMO technology without MIMO-enabled wifi cards. No, its not a gimmick...your throughput does actually increase (I've yet to see an article that suggest that its all gimmick). Yes, you get far greater range, even moreso than Airport Express...MIMO is designed to have better range than typical routers and as you increase your distance from the WAP, the throughput is actually supposed to increase with a MIMO-enabled card.

    Sadly, my experience with the WPN824 didn't go well (it kept dropping wifi AND wired connections and required frequent reboots of the WAP), so I replaced it with a Linksys WRT54GX4, which is far more stable, in my experience so far.

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