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The Difference Between Wireless-N, Wireless-AC, Wireless-AD, & Wireless-AX

Difference Between Wireless G, N, AC

UPDATED 1/23/2019

People generally refer to all Wireless Internet as WiFi but, as with a lot of technical jargon, WiFi as a term is often misused. Are you one of those people constantly asking: Why is my Internet or my WiFi so slow?

Very often, it is not the Internet provider’s fault. Rather, it all comes down to the type of router you are using and the speed it offers.

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What Are The Different Wireless Standards?

The wireless standard that we know today was created by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers or IEEE.

IEEE 802.11 is a wireless networking standard created to keep manufacturers wireless routers and wireless networking devices (PS4, Laptops, Tablets, SmartTVs,  XboxOne, iPhones, Roku) on the same page. These standards include IEEE 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11ac, and 802.11ad. So what are these standards and what do they have to do with you?

What is Wireless-G & Wireless-N?

Wireless-G and Wireless-N are terms referring to 802.11g and 802.11n wireless networking standards set by the IEEE.

802.11g was a wireless standard is on its way out from modern usage. It offered speeds of up to 54 Mbps and was quickly adopted due to its upgrade in speed over 802.11b.

For example, most coffee shop hotspot routers run on Wireless-G (54 Mbps) or even Wireless-B (11 Mbps). They are constantly being shared by many people so it can be somewhat slow to connect and actually surf the web.

Wireless-N was created to improve network throughput (maximum speed and transmission capabilities) over the two prior standards—802.11b and 802.11g.

Wireless-N was a significant upgrade from Wireless-G for the following reasons:

  • Increased maximum data transmission rate from 54Mbps to up to 900Mbps
  • Wider bandwidth capabilities to 40 Mhz
  • Increased security and improvement of stability and range

While these features may have been an upgrade from Wireless-G, Wireless-N is now being phased out with a new successor. Luckily, new routers and wireless standards will still support Wireless-N and the older wireless standards.

Looking for a router that supports your Wireless-N devices? Check out our Netgear Nighthawk R7000 AC1900 DD-WRT FlashRouter!

What is Wireless-AC?

Wireless-AC is the next iteration of the IEEE’s wireless standards. The 802.11ac standard greatly improves nearly every aspect of Wireless-N.

Wireless-AC has increasingly become more formalized and is essentially the minimum for every wireless-capable device. Some improvements include:

  • Increased maximum data transmission rates of up to 5300 Mbps
  • Wider bandwidth capabilities of 80 Mhz as well as an optional 160 Mhz channel
  • Additional 5 GHz frequency band for faster speeds and less wireless clutter

For the best Wireless-AC speeds we recommend the Linksys WRT3200ACM DD-WRT FlashRouter.

What is Wireless-AD?

Wireless-AD is among the newest wireless standards to hit the consumer market. As with any new wireless standard, nearly every aspect has been improved and upgraded. Some of these upgrades include:

  • Increased maximum data transmission rates of up to 7200 Mbps
  • Additional 60 GHz frequency band
  • High-quality 4K movie downloads in mere minutes

However, Wireless-AD is not backward compatible. Simply put, there are few very Wireless-AD compatible devices that support the new 60 GHz frequency band.

What is Wireless-AD? The Netgear R9000 DD-WRT

Currently, that makes Wireless-AD a great future proofing feature on the routers that support it, such as the Netgear Nighthawk R9000 X10 AD7200 DD-WRT FlashRouter. When Wireless-AD becomes adopted as the standard, you will be ready.

What is Wireless-AX?

Unveiled at CES 2018, Wireless-AX is the next step in wireless standards. Wireless-AX will be able to deliver as much as five times as much bandwidth as Wireless-AC.

Current routers are equipped with 4×4 MU-MIMO (multi-user, multiple input, and multiple output). Wireless-AX routers will come standard with 8×8 MU-MIMO on both 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz bands. Essentially, Wireless-AX will support eight data streams up and down your network, doubling the previous standard.

Other upgrades from previous standards include: increased efficiency, reliability, and better coverage in large areas.

While these specs sure do look enticing, you may have to wait a few years before Wireless-AX routers hit the market.

Why Should You Upgrade To Wireless-AC?

Hanging onto an older Wireless-G or Wireless-N router means you are sacrificing overall speed and security while actually hindering the wireless capabilities for newer devices.

Using a Wireless-G or Wireless-N router with your iPad may feel like trying to catching a fish with a stick. It may eventually work, but it certainly not the most efficient way to get the job done. This is not an iPhone 6S to iPhone 7 type upgrade where you have a little bit sleeker device and a few new features to play with. When a wireless standard is jumped, you are talking MAJOR wireless connectivity improvements.

Want to see the differences between Wireless AC, Wireless-N, and Wireless-G? Well, here’s a quick breakdown for you.

Max Throughput (Speeds):54 Mbps900 Mbps5300 Mbps7200 Mbps10000 Mbps
Max Wireless Range (Radius):75 Ft200 Ft500 Ft500 Ft500+ ft
Wireless Channel Widths:20 Mhz20/40 Mhz20/40/80/160 Mhz5/10/20 MhzUp to 160 Mhz
Wireless Bands:One 2.4 Ghz (Single Band)One 2.4Ghz & One 5 Ghz (Dual Band)One 2.4 Ghz & Two 5 Ghz (Tri-Band)One 2.4 Ghz, Two 5 GHz Bands, & 60 GHz Bands (Quad-Stream)One 2.4 Ghz, Two 5 Ghz Bands

Of course, these ranges are maximum distances in optimal conditions. Most of us don’t live in a world where there is no other wireless interference. Even if you don’t see any other wireless signals in your range, there is still a laundry list of devices that can cost you range, such as cordless phones, baby monitors and even microwaves.

While Wireless-AD is the latest iteration of the standard, getting a premium Wireless-AC router is the best way to ensure compatibility with the best performance.

Here is a handy list of some of our most popular Wireless-AC Routers and their manufacturer speed maximums:

Top FlashRouters By Maximum Speeds

Wireless-AC 1900 Mbps
Linksys WRT1900ACS/AC v2 DD-WRT Top Budget Wireless-AC Option

Wireless-AC 2600 Mbps
Netgear R7800 X4S DD-WRT

Wireless-AC 3200 Mbps
Linksys WRT3200ACM DD-WRT – Best Recommended Wireless-AC Router

Linksys WRT32X DD-WRT

Wireless-AC 5300 Mbps
Asus RT-AC5300 DD-WRT – Best Range Router of 2018 (Pictured above)

Wireless-AD 7200 Mbps
Netgear R9000 DD-WRT – Most Powerful DD-WRT Router of 2018

If you are looking to get “faster wifi,” these are the devices you want to buy.

Upgrading these router’s firmware to the powerful DD-WRT firmware platform on all of these routers, as FlashRouters does, allows you more control over the signal while improving signal strength and stability. Many of these routers have excellent hardware but the manufacturer’s firmware actually hinders their abilities.

Buying one of these routers with a DD-WRT upgrade can make a world of difference in their overall performance and create a new bedrock for your networking gateway.

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Belkin F7D7301 N300+ DD-WRT Router – VPN, Gigabit Ports, 2 USB Port Integrated (Featured DD-WRT FlashRouter of the Day)

This model is discontinued. For other DD-WRT models, please check out our DD-WRT Routers Page.

Introducing the Belkin F7D7301 Sharemax N300+ with DD-WRT pre-installed and configured specifically to your network settings from FlashRouters

Pre-Installed DD-WRT Router - Flash a Belkin DD-WRT Router - Best DD-WRT Routers Under $100

  • 480 MHz Broadcom BCM4718 Chip.
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports for storage devices and network printers.
  • Customizable security settings with WPA/WPA2 Personal and SPI firewall protection.
  • Four Gigabit LAN (10/100/1000 Mbps) ports for wired devices.
  • Wireless-N/ Gigabit Router Wired with 802.11n/g/b.
  • Enhanced with DD-WRT firmware. Learn more about DD-WRT enhancements.
  • Dual-plane antennas and MIMO technology for a range that covers any size home.

This router gets excellent marks for top-notch, affordable networking hardware. We have a feeling that this will quickly become one of the most popular DD-WRT routers available for under $80 for its impressive technical specs and speedy wireless performance.

Popular Features of  F7D7301 Belkin DD-WRT Router

FlashRouters unlocks the full potential of the router by replacing Belkin’s standard firmware with the superior DD-WRT Linux open-source interface/platform.

With wireless transmission speeds of up to 300 Mbps on the 2.4 Ghz band and high speed wired transfers using 4 integrated Gigabit ports, the Belkin F7D3701’s excellent performance is further enhanced by the DD-WRT upgrade. The Belkin F7D7301 includes ample RAM/Flash memory (64/8 MB) in conjunction with a speedy 480 MHz Broadcom chip.

Being a Broadcom based router means the Belkin F7D7301 can handle the popular mega build variety of DD-WRT.

Amazingly, for under $80, the F7D3701 is one of the few routers on the site to offer 2 integrated USB ports. This means you can attach network printers or add NAS backup hard drives for sharing digital music and HD video files throughout your advanced wireless network.

Upgrading the F7D7301 with DD-WRT open source firmware adds features like wireless signal boosting capabilities, advanced networking modes, as well as integrated security & encryption options such as a OpenVPN & PPTP VPN connectivity.

Easily connect streaming media devices like Roku and AppleTV to a VPN with the integrated VPN options. The most popular VPN providers to use with HD streaming video are NordVPN & IPVanish and FlashRouters supports them both.

Purchasing the DD-WRT F7D7301 provides the benefits of a more expensive router at an affordable price. Let FlashRouters help you avoid the often arduous process of finding the best current builds and properly flashing your router with DD-WRT.

DD-WRT Added Features for the Belkin F7D7301

  • Powerful QoS Bandwidth management.
  • Boost wireless coverage distance with Transmission (Tx) Power.
  • Advanced port forwarding.
  • OpenVPN & PPTP VPN Router Based Integration.
  • IPv6 Compatibility.
  • Repeater Bridge and Wireless Client Bridge functionality.
  • Integrated Wi-Fi Hotspot Services: NOCATSPLASH, Chillispot, Wi-Fi Dog.

For a more complete list of the upgraded features found on a DD-WRT router, check out the DD-WRT Benefits page.

Exclusive Benefits for Purchasing a Belkin F7D7301 FlashRouter

All FlashRouter purchases include a free customized setup guide, VPN service setup guide, and free configuration support along with our 30 Day satisfaction guarantee.

  • Upgraded Belkin firmware to stable, tested version of DD-WRT mega build.
  • Configured VPN Service Provider by request.  FlashRouters work with any VPN Providers that support DD-WRT Routers including NordVPN, SaferVPN,  IPVanish, Strong VPN, Astrill, VyprVPN, & My Private Network.
  • Free DD-WRT support to make sure your router connects properly to the Internet as well as to the VPN Service of your choice.
  • Free Wireless Bridge, Wireless Repeater or Access Point (AP) configuration upon request.
  • Arrives with a custom setup guide from one of our network specialists.

For a complete list of DD-WRT router types, read our Best DD-WRT Routers of 2012 post for our up-to-date list of the most popular DD-WRT VPN routers.

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