Don’t Rush to Upgrade Your Wi-Fi Router

Q: I see there is a lot of new Wi-Fi gear in stores that promises faster speeds for my home wireless network. Is it time to upgrade?

A: Probably not. Experts agree that it’s best to pass on the latest generation of Wi-Fi routers, sold under names like “Wireless-N,” and wait at least a few months for the next one.

The latest routers promise speeds up to six times faster than those using the older industry standard for Wi-Fi, known as 802.11g, but don’t adhere to a finished standard of their own. That means they may not work well with equipment from other manufacturers, or with future hardware. They also require compatible equipment on the receiving end, like a new laptop card, to take advantage of the higher speeds.
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