How important is the wireless router for internet speed?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by powpow, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. powpow macrumors member

    Mar 19, 2004
    I need a new wireless router. Small apartment (900 sq. ft), two MacBook laptop users, very close to the router usually. For web surfing and PS3 gaming.

    How important is the router for internet speed? I currently get 15ish MBPS with Comcast and my old WRTG Lynksys router that is dying.

    So, do I go with the basic E1000 or Valet, both of which are fairly cheap?

    Or do I go with the E3000 or Valet Plus?

    I'm more concerned with speed for streaming and gaming than anything else.

  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Do they both support wireless N? I would just get the cheaper one since your apartment is fairly small. Any modern router can provide 15Mb/s
  3. powpow thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 19, 2004
    Yes, they both support Wireless N.
  4. dissolve macrumors 6502a

    Aug 23, 2009
    Then, if speed is the only feature you're interested in, either router will be fine. 802.11n is much faster than your internet connection. You'll only notice the speed gains over 802.11g when transferring files between systems on your network. Otherwise, everything should feel the same as on your Linksys.

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