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wired-only? how to get wifi

 

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troubleshooting tools

$15 inSSIDer wifi scanner software now works with 802.11ac.
licensed for use on 1 pc at a time
2.4GHz band 802.11b/g/n only. inexpensive wifi analyzer. shows channel number and SSID and some other things, but those 2 are the most important, but you have to wait about 30 seconds for each button press to see the channel number. you can use it to troubleshoot flaky wifi networks (see what SSIDs are on what channels) and find what channel to put your router on that's not in use. Make sure when you press the top button you hold it way up in the air. the antenna on it is weak.
802.11a/b/g/n/ac troubleshooting kit. can also look at performance, including router performance if it is slowing down your internet (but awful expensive to do this with, cheaper just to buy the fastest router)
802.11a/b/g/n/ac troubleshooting kit. can also look at performance, including router performance if it is slowing down your internet (but awful expensive to do this with, cheaper just to buy the fastest router)
802.11a/b/g/n. troubleshooting tool with GUI made for company networks, but can be used for home networks. rechargeable Li-Ion.
802.11a/b/g/n. troubleshooting tool with GUI made for company networks, but can be used for home networks. rechargeable Li-Ion.
802.11a/b/g/n. troubleshooting tool with GUI made for company networks, rechargeable Li-Ion. has more advanced tests and packet capture.
802.11ac/a/b/g/n. troubleshooting tool with GUI made for company networks, but can be used for home networks. rechargeable Li-Ion. see product page.
802.11ac/a/b/g/n. troubleshooting tool with GUI made for company networks, rechargeable Li-Ion. has more advanced tests and packet capture. see product page. dual 10/100/1000 RJ45's, dual 100/1000 fiber SFP's,

Overview - and why 802.11ac

there are 2 technologies so far to go with: wireless-ac and wireless-n. ac is more expensive, but it is about 800Mbps with current gigabit ethernet cabling stuff and has more range, unless it is USB 2.0 (note that usb 2.0 is defined as 480Mbps and you get 1/2 duplex so you get half of that or 240Mbps or so, so read specs carefully - usb 3.0 wifi adapter chips have not come out yet).

ac: you should make sure the wired equipment such as the router is capable of handling the gigabit speeds at the ports. if it is not, you should be using different equipment if you need the bandwidth (such as for gaming or other high-bandwidth applications).

n: if it's possible to get gigabit ports on your equipment, do so. I doubt it, but it may make a difference. the future expandability would be nice if nothing else. everything is going gigabit.

why 802.11ac?

  • 10dB gain due to beamforming and whatever else goes into 802.11ac. this means wider range and more bars at longer distances.
  • the asus rt-ac68u has 150% wider range (than rt-ac66u? they didn't say, maybe it is comparing with 802.11n), probably because of the above? well, it's a useless relative marketing statement since they are not saying what it;s relative to.
  • compare speeds:
    • 802.11g's 54Mbps vs
    • 802.11n's 72Mbps vs
    • 802.11ac's 876Mbps (and that's net not gross, and probably limited to the 1Gbps rate due to the 1Gbps WAN port otherwise would be 1.3Gbps?). 240Mbps with a USB 2.0 802.11ac ac adapter due to the USB 2.0 plug's speed.
recommended routers
linksys wrt-1900ac, asus rt-ac68u (ac/a/b/g/n), netgear r7000 (ac/a/b/g/n), wgr614 (b/g), and WNDR4500 (a/b/g/n) are my choices.
5x10/100/1000 ports. 1xusb3.0+1xusb 2.0 (with support for load balancing), world's fastest wifi router. n600+ac1300(ac1900) 802.11ac/a/b/g/n Router IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab with 4-port switch. visit web site, support, do a firmware upgrade! 3 ext detachable antennas. 128MB flash, 256MB RAM, 800MHz dual-core cpu. n is 33% faster than 66u. 150% wider range than 66U. the RT-AC66U has a maximum of 25 simultaneous connections, this one could be higher, this is usually determined by the amount of RAM the router has.beamforming. VPN server (youtube video tutorial). load balancing+failover dual WAN. usb print server and file sharing. AI Cloud (use your computer as a server, works with WOL - Wake On LAN). youtube video overview.
5x10/100/1000 ports. 1xusb2.0, 1xusb3.0 (yay!), 1GHz proc (wow!) 1300+450Mbps max. n600+ac1300(ac1900) 802.11ac/a/b/g/n Router IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab with 4-port switch. visit web site, support, do a firmware upgrade! 3 ext detachable antennas. 128MB flash, 256MB RAM. (number of simultaneous connections could be high compared to most like 25 just looking at the RAM). beamforming. VPN Server. overview video.
5x10/100/1000 ports. 1xusb3.0+1xusb 2.0/eSATA. has Mixed encryption for easy device connection. world's fastest wifi router as of 4/2014 apparently. n600+ac1300(ac1900) 802.11ac/a/b/g/n Router with 4-port switch. visit web site, support, do a firmware upgrade! 4 ext detachable antennas. 128MB flash, 256MB RAM, 1.2GHz dual-core Marvell cpu and chipset. beamforming. OpenWRT firmware available which has plugins.
10/100 ports. 54Mbps max. WPA/WPA2/WEP, SPI, VPN pass-thru. simultaneous dual-band.802.11b/g
IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n. Good for general-purpose use. Up to 450Mbps each band. 1 x 10/100/1000M WAN; 4 x 10/100/1000M LAN. DoS attack prevention. has monitoring app. visit web site, support, do a firmware upgrade!
IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n. Up to 800Mbps Wireless Data Rates. 1 x 10/100/1000M WAN; 4 x 10/100/1000M LAN. beamforming. VPN Server.
complete set of adapter products with different connector types
ASUS PCE-AC68 PCI-E 802.11ac/a/b/g/n AC1900 adapter, avaiulable at newegg.com or amazon.com $99.99
866.7Mbps or 1300Mbps (speed downgrades day by day due to driver) according to one reviewer with ac router. look for later drivers if you can.
Amped ACA1 500mW long-range USB 3.0 AC1200 dual-band 802.11ac/n/b/g/a adapter 2-hi-gain antennas 1200Mbps range 3x+, available at amazon.com $90
mac/windows, 500mW, 3x range (and ac is already pretty far!)
doesn't work on win8? - better drivers may be available on the web site or through tech support?
limited to somewhat less than 240Mbps due to USB 2.0
wireless ethernet bridge
it's fast, but only worth it if you are doing ac now or in future... and wigig 7Gbps is coming...
wifi N150 adapter, LAN adapter, router
long-range routers and adapters