Dual band?

zoran

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Why should one have a modem router that utilises a dual band ability? To what exactly does dual band actually help?
 

Stefan johansson

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Multiband routers can be used in different locations,with different bands,and they are also a bit less sensitive to disturbances in the radio communication. Most modern routers also have multi and wifi,to allow owner to choose from different bands,to avoid interference from other nearby wifi networks.
 

zoran

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Guys... if you were to select a modem router between these two:
ThomsonTG585 and the T-Link Archer C50, which one would you prefer and why? I dont really understand the specs and i cant decide which is better!
 
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zoran

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Hands down, the TP-Link C50. It supports 802.11ac while the Thomson only supports 802.11n.
What exactly is 802.11ac responsible for? And also would you say that the TPlink is missing any important features?
 

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It is the wireless link between the client (laptop, phone) and the router. 802.11ac also supports beamforming, which "points" (for lack of a better term) the wireless signal toward the client, so it has better signal.

Depending on your Internet speeds, you might find this router limiting. It only supports a 100Mb Ethernet link, which means you're capped at that, even if you get faster Internet than 100Mb. For $20 more, you could get a Linksys EA6350 that has gigabit Ethernet.
 

zoran

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The Thomson is a modem-router.
The TP-Link C50 does not have a modem function, so you would need to have a modem, in addition to the C50 router.
Im sorry you are absolutely correct. I mixed the letters C and D :(
This is the one i wanted to comment on!
 
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zoran

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So the TP-Link seems to be the best, but would you still believe that it is lacking any kind of features when compared to the standards that other modem routers have?
 

zoran

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Depending on your Internet speeds, you might find this router limiting. It only supports a 100Mb Ethernet link, which means you're capped at that, even if you get faster Internet than 100Mb. For $20 more, you could get a Linksys EA6350 that has gigabit Ethernet.
What does my Internet speed have to do with the Gigabit connection that can be achieved in the LAN between computers? If im not mistaking they are two different things!
 
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What does my Internet speed have to do with the Gigabit connection that can be achieved in the LAN between computers? If im not mistaking they are two different things!
It's not just the LAN ports. The WAN port only supports a maximum of 100Mb on the D50. If your ISP gives you 500Mb, for example, then you're limited to 100Mb (the limit of the WAN port).

I'd suggest the VR400 as you mentioned above, but only if your ISP determines it is supported.
 
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