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question about router speed

Hi I have a customer who has a wireless G router on the upstairs level and they recently had me install a computer in the downstairs level and the internet goes very slow on it. I know wireless N routers go further in distance so I told them they should upgrade to that type. I was checking on staples and I see a netgear n150 for $35 or a netgear n300 for $45. The n150 goes at a speed of 150 Mbps  and the n300 goes at a speed of 300 Mbps. I was wondering if there is any advantage in going with the n300? Or would the N150 be good enough?
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Don JohnstonInstructorCommented:
How fast is there internet connection? Unless they have a very fast internet connection, anything beyond an 802.11g won't offer much improvement.
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fritz5150Commented:
What may be of greater advantage is using a powerline ethernet unit to bring a hard wired connection downstairs. With any wireless technology you are going to have speed issues going through walls, downstairs, etc... While N does have greater range (unobstructed), it is still a wireless technology subject to the building materials used, interference, all the fun stuff. A better option, if the 150 - 300 Mpbs transfer rate isn't essential, is to simply install another G wireless bridge / router downstairs. This way you would have the best of both worlds.
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samithsukumarCommented:
According to netgear the N300 wireless router has better wireless coverage then the N150, is optimized for gaming and has a wireless network speed up to 300Mb/s were the N150 only goes up to 150Mb/s in network speed.
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hydrive1902Author Commented:
Not sure on the internet connection speed, I just know its cable internet. They dont use it too often, just every now and then. They definitly dont want to run a wire to the downstairs, so unfortionatley that isnt an option.

Let me re word my question (allthough I appreciate the ideas posted above).

If I had the N150 router hooked up (upstairs) lets hypothetically say it takes 1 minute to download a 40 MB file from download.com, does anyone think I would notice a faster speed with the N300 router (downloading the same file)?
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Don JohnstonInstructorCommented:
Performance is based on the slowest link. If the internet connection is 5mbp/s, I don't think you'll see any improvement in performance since 802.11g in theoretically capable of 54mbp/s.
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hydrive1902Author Commented:
Thanks for your help everyone!
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