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Windows 7: Wireless A or N better?

29 Aug 2012   #1
cclloyd9785

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Mac OS X 10.6.2 x64
 
 
Wireless A or N better?

Which mode of wireless is better/faster? I can enable the 5 GHz band on my router for only wireless N laptops, wireless A, or both. So which is faster?


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30 Aug 2012   #2
BradJ

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Wireless N has faster speed / better range if your WNIC supports it.

Depending on the model of your device, combining A and N may reduce the overall speed but may offer better environment signal saturation/penetration/stability.

Some devices may use the 2.4Ghz range for normal network traffic and 5Ghz for multimedia/streaming type traffic on the WLAN.
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30 Aug 2012   #3
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cclloyd9785 View Post
Which mode of wireless is better/faster? I can enable the 5 GHz band on my router for only wireless N laptops, wireless A, or both. So which is faster?
N is much faster as 802.11a can only achieve 54Mb/s where N can achieve 300Mb/s or more. Running in mixed mode will reduce the potential speed of 802.11n by a significant amount.

You want to run 802.11n Only mode and use WPA2 with AES encryption if you want the best possible LAN speeds.
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