What should I buy for wireless access point/router to take advantage of my super high speed FiOS?
Posted on 2009-05-08
I have Verizon FiOS internet service - I bought their premium service. Currently the spec for that is 20Mbps down and 5Mbps up.
I recently became aware of the fact that my existing wireless access point (a Linksys WAP54G) is probably not doing me any favors in the speed department. And I use my computer wirelessly all the time, so I'm not getting the most I could out of my fast FiOS connection.
In particular, I read that I'd want WPA2 to cut down on overhead. I am currently using WEP-128 and I have the AP set for "Mixed mode" -- I know, at a minimum I need to change that to G-only.
But my only "WPA" options are "WPA Pre-Shared Key" and "WPA RADIUS". I don't think either of those are "WPA2" right?
My router is a D-Link Ethernet Broadband Router (DI-604) that Verizon installed when they installed my FiOS service almost four years ago (yikes!). Is it worth upgrading the router?
I'm using a Dell notebook with an internal wireless chip. In device manager, it says it's 802.11b/g and it uses channel 11. It's set up to operate g only. I will be buying a new notebook soon, so I'll be getting newer technology (I would imagine) for the wireless.
Bottom line: What hardware should I have to be getting the most out of my superfast FiOS connection when I'm always accessing it wirelessly, and what settings should I have?