When Do I Know That My Router is Outdated?

There is an updated version of this post: What is the Difference Between Wireless-N, Wireless-G, & Wireless-AC?

If you are like many Internet users, you haven’t upgraded your router in several years. You are likely still using a router that looks something like the one here.

While this outdated Linksys router may still establish a wireless network in your home; upgrades in router technology and router firmware have finally advanced to the point where it is time to take advantage of these new benefits.

The old Linksys is an antiquated eyesore that likely has partially detached antennas, failing parts, and is not as secure as it needs to be in today’s fast pace environment. However, the real issue is that with an older router you are not able to maximize your web-surfing experience, or unlock more advanced network capabilities.

Here is a quick list of advantages and upgrades you will receive from a new FlashRouter (red for old router, black for FlashRouter):

1. Speed of your WAN (Internet) and LAN (Local Network) connections

  • 54 Mbps vs. 300 mbps (almost 6x stronger) wireless data transfer rates. No more choppy, poor video quality when streaming or slow downloads.
  • 10/100 Mbps Ethernet connection vs. 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit connection (specific models) .

When using a wired router connection to access your network; the ability to transfer at rates of 1000 Mbps is 10x faster than the old standard of 100 Mbps. If you ever notice a choppy connection when streaming content through video sites, this upgraded wired connection speed will give you the bandwidth necessary to rectify that situation.

2. Wireless signal protocol

b/g vs. b/g/n

Wireless-N is provides a faster and stronger wireless connection. Although a wired connection will always transfer at the fastest rates, laptops and smartphones are quickly becoming the favored Internet-enabled devices. These devices will greatly benefit from an enhanced Wireless-N network.

The Netgear R6400v2 DD-WRT FlashRouter has two built-in USB ports so that you can network a hard drive through your router.

3. Firmware Upgrade

With older routers, your wireless connection will often get disconnected, forcing you to cycle, unplug, or reset your router to refresh the signal transmission. This is a surefire sign that it is time to upgrade to a FlashRouter.

With DD-WRT Firmware many users report up-time for months at a time without having to cycle or reset the router a single time.

If you are ready to power up your Internet connection and unleash your router’s capabilities, it’s time to take a look at our selection of VPN-Client DD-WRT Routers.

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