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Help picking out a router

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lauravel

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Hello there computer geeks;)  I need your expertise!

 

I live in the country and we are switching from a rocket hub to satellite internet.  According to the satellite company, I will need a router, but I have no idea which one to choose.  I checked out bestbuy.ca, where I will probably buy from, and now I'm confused.  There are tons, ranging from $20 to $300.  Also, I don't know what the numbers/specs mean.

 

We don't need anything fancy except that the signal needs to travel far (from the house to the barn)!  What's the farthest they will broadcast?  Unless I'm missing something, they don't advertise that.  We don't game, we won't have multiple computers connected at a time, and the satellite speed will be pathetic.

 

Can you suggest one please?  Like I said, it just needs broadcast far.  Thanks!

 

 

rocket hub:  https://www.rogers.c...leinternet/hub/

 

Satellite internet:  http://www.silowirel...ential-package/


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Fusionbomb

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Hello lauravel... and :welcome:


I understand you need to purchase a wireless router, but are unsure of which one to buy.  Since distance is an important factor for you, just know that 802.11x standards have varying differences, where "x" is the variable.
Take a look at this chart, below:

 

[The table's format goofed up, click this link to view the table on the original page.]

 

 

As you can see, the 802.11n has the furthest range (and speed, too).  It's almost a challenge to even find an "a", "b", or even "g" router nowadays.  The "n" routers have kinda become the norm/standard for most users (gamers, casuals, etc).  Regardless, my point is that your main concern (distance) is correlated to the letter following the 802.11.  As far as which particular one to buy, I would just advise getting one with good reviews (4-5 stars, etc).

Good luck!  :whistling:


Edited by Fusionbomb, 16 June 2015 - 12:51 PM.

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lauravel

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Wow, thanks.  That is VERY helpful:)


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You are very welcome.  Please let us know if you have any other questions or concerns!


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