Deciding between a standard and dual-band N router

Deciding between a standard and dual-band N router  Purchasing a wireless router for yourself or a client?  Consider your options first.  In a recent Q&A on Ars Technica, contributor John Timmer discussed the pros and cons of single- and dual-band routers.  His conclusion is that the main deciding factor (besides price) is whether you have old 802.11b/g standard devices that need to use the network.  However, there are also other issues to consider, as the discussion in the comments reveals.  Many manufacturers label routers as “dual band,” meaning that the router can broadcast in either 2.4 or 5Ghz – but not both at the same time.  If you are looking for this functionality, try to find a router labeled as “simultaneous dual band.”

Read the full “Ask Ars” article here.

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