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It was time to replace our aging Belkin G-Router with a newer N-Router. The Belkin N450 router is their basic dual band router. What are the benefits of a dual band router?
A dual band router has two separate transmitters. One transmitter provides wi-fi signal in the 2.4 Ghz band for 802.11b/g/n devices to connect up to 150 mbps and the 5 Ghz band is for 802.11 a/n devices to connect up to 300 mbps.
Why is this important? Cheaper routers (and Belkin makes them and so do a lot of other manufacturers) force all wi-fi devices through the one transmitter. So for example if you have a older 802.11b device that connects to your network the wi-fi router has to throttle down the data speeds to 12 mbps to communicate with the 802.11b device. As long as that device is on the network it won't matter what else you have connect that maximum data rate would be 12 mbps.
Better wi-fi routers have dual transmitters that allow older b/g devices to connect to your network and newer 802.11n devices
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