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Routers 101: Get to know the brains of your network

Wireless-G vs. Wireless-N
  • Similar to wireless phone communication standards like 3G, 4G and 4G LTE.
  • Wireless-G is the oldest among the three. Dell no longer offers consumer-grade Wireless-G routers.
  • Wireless-N is the most common of the three today, and reaches speeds of 450Mbps.
  • Wireless-AC is the most recent standard, and reaches speeds of 1,350Mbps - the first time wireless speeds have surpassed the gigabit mark.
Netgear R6300 Netgear Wireless - AC Router Dual Band NextGen 450 + 1300Mbps
Netgear R6300 Netgear Wireless - AC Router Dual Band NextGen 450 + 1300Mbps

Dual Band
  • Refers to the number of networks available to transmit data wirelessly.
  • If you have a Single Band router, you will have one network to connect to.
  • If you have a Dual Band router, you will have two networks to connect to.
  • By connecting to both networks, network traffic can be reduced and signal drops can be minimized.
NETGEAR N750 Wireless Dual-Band Gigabit Router - Premium Edition
NETGEAR N750 Wireless Dual-Band Gigabit Router-Premium Edition

  • Refers to your wired connect speed via the Ethernet ports on the backs of the router.
  • Gigabit speeds reach and exceed 1,000Mbps.
  • Optical speed for those who work from home to maintain maximum productivity and efficiency.
NETGEAR N600 Wireless Dual-Band Router (WNDR3400)
NETGEAR N600 Wireless Dual-Band Router(WNDR3400)

Dell Price$69.99

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This Routers & Networking page is part of the Dell Connected Home web site, where customers can learn how to set up a Connected Home network, how to stream digital movies to a TV, and more. This page compares different types of routers and includes a router comparison chart for easy reference. After watching the “Wireless-G vs. Wireless-N” video and deciding whether features like Dual Band capabilities and Gigabit ports are important, visitors can visit the Connected Home Product page and check out five routers recommended by Dell product experts.

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