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Spankum
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Why does a wireless router have a speed setting?
My wireless router (netgear) has a dropdown to select max speed setting (i.e. up to 72 Mbps, up to 150 Mbps, etc.) in the configuration software. Is there a practical purpose to this or should I just select the highest setting and let the ISP speed be the limiting factor?
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junkfunky
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re: Why does a wireless router have a speed setting?
Not really for residential. I could see wanting to limit tenants.


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jeff5891
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re: Why does a wireless router have a speed setting?
Is limiting bandwidth through wireless or from the router in general


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bleger
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re: Why does a wireless router have a speed setting?
It's basically the channel sizes. The bigger the channel size, the more throughput. Not necessarily always best to choose the most bandwidth though. A smaller channel size will propagate better through walls, giving you more range with your wireless signal. Bigger channel size can limit your wireless range.


Spankum
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re: Why does a wireless router have a speed setting?
Interesting...thanks to all who replied

sounds like I should see what my ISP promised max is and select some range just above that.


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