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A friend of mine wants to buy and set up a new router for his mother for Mother's Day. He is completely clueless about this and I know just a little more than he does. She has an Acer Aspire One small laptop with a wireless-G card in it. All that he is hoping to accomplish is giving his mother a wireless network in the house so she can walk around with her computer. That's it. I looked around for an old router of mine but I must have tossed it so we need to go shopping.

Other than making it easier for her to upgrade her wireless card in the future, is there any benefit to getting a wireless-N router now (as compared to a wireless-G router) and using it with her current wireless adapter? Will she get better range? I understand that her speed will be limited to 54 mbps.

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A friend of mine wants to buy and set up a new router for his mother for Mother's Day. He is completely clueless about this and I know just a little more than he does. She has an Acer Aspire One small laptop with a wireless-G card in it. All that he is hoping to accomplish is giving his mother a wireless network in the house so she can walk around with her computer. That's it. I looked around for an old router of mine but I must have tossed it so we need to go shopping.

Other than making it easier for her to upgrade her wireless card in the future, is there any benefit to getting a wireless-N router now (as compared to a wireless-G router) and using it with her current wireless adapter? Will she get better range? I understand that her speed will be limited to 54 mbps.

Thanks for any help.

You internet speed will be lower than 54 mbps. Pretty much most of the new routers are N rated, and it will give you better range, but only with devices that support it. I would suggest ASUS, Netgear, Linksys, etc. If you Google you will find it.

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You internet speed will be lower than 54 mbps. Pretty much most of the new routers are N rated, and it will give you better range, but only with devices that support it. I would suggest ASUS, Netgear, Linksys, etc. If you Google you will find it.

Thanks for the reply. I currently have a Netgear WNDR3300 and it works great for my needs. My main concern was having him spend the money for that one or something similar when it wouldn't help with range. I understand that her internet speed won't be 54 mbps. I should have clarified that. She will be limited to whatever speed her ISP provides.

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I use to own the WNDR3700, and you can buy it now for $80 to $100 dollars. Or the D-Link DIR-655 for $69.99 would be good http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833127215&nm_mc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r&cm_mmc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r-_-Network+-+Wireless+Routers-_-D-Link-_-33127215

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Thanks for the help. This unit seems to be within his budget and has the basic features that he wants:

http://www.netgear.com/home/products/wirelessrouters/work-and-play/WNR2000.aspx#

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