So, end of the day 108Mbps is much faster?
The short answer: no. You will not notice a difference at all for what you are using it for.
The long answer: 108Mbps is the speed between your computer and the router. I can absolutely guarantee you that the speed of "the internet" coming into your router is nowhere near 54Mbps. To my knowledge, there is no internet service that can even reach those speeds yet, and if there is, I can guarantee only the biggest businesses have it.
The router can only send the data to your PC as fast as it comes in. Your internet connection (Cable, DSL, dial-up, T1) probably operates around 2Mbps (which is the average speed of high-speed internet) depending on who your service provider is, and what type of service. In any case, that's as fast as you'll get, no matter what speed the router is. The number in the "bubble" you see is the connection between your PC and the router, but does not
indicate the download speed you'll get. That is determined by your internet service.
To Illustrate: think of a beer bottle. The neck of the bottle is the incoming internet, the body of the bottle is your router and computer. A faster router would mean a bigger body, but the neck is the same size and will transfer liquid at the same rate no matter the size of the body.
Basically, you'll only use high speed wireless routers if you have multiple computers and are playing online games (the high-tech kind). And even then, it probably won't make much difference. What you'd need for smooth internet gaming with multiple PCs wirelessly is a router with multiple antennas so it can transmit and receive the data to/from multiple PCs simultaneously.
Let me know if you have any more questions or need clarification. I'd be happy to answer them.
Edited by computerwiz12890, 15 April 2007 - 01:03 PM.