I guess PCMag doesn’t much care for the idea of 802.11 draft n routers in the home:here
So unless you're using your draft-n router in the middle of a Kansas
Based on practical experience, I have to agree with PCMag’s take on the realistic state of 802.11 N today. Right after the holidays—thinking I was willing to take a chance and ride the curl of an incoming technology wave-- I combined a bunch of gift certificates and got an 802.11 Pre n router and a matching dongle for some of my older machines.
Expecting that the base leg of the new network (the router to the one machine in which I had an 802.11 Pre n card installed would help me fine wireless Nirvana (which I herewith declare to be persistent connectivity and acceptable signal saturation while slurping tangerine juice from my fingers as I sit under a neighbor’s citrus tree some 350 feet from the router which sits very high in my attic). I logged on to YouTube as a field test.
Pop! Bang, Zow! The connection was faster than anything I had ever experienced. And I was connected to Rancho Bizarro N farther away than I’ve ever traveled from my home network before.
Then my contractors added their 802.11 g portables to the network and the throughput dropped, even after I stopped shouting “No Porn on my home network, guys!” After about 10 days of use I still think 802.11 pre N is an important technology. And not just because it’s wicked fast. For me, its increased range and excellent signal saturation at the outer limits of the network continue to make it a no-brainer addition to my home network. At the moment spending $80 to $100 for each of the cards I’d need to bring all of the equipment I own up on the network precludes a wholesale adoption of the technology.
But, my neighbor—who lives just beyond the crest of the mountaintop I live on, innocently asked me two days ago if he could “try-out the new card on his laptop?”
Hell, I raid his plum and Reed avocado trees so I thought: “It’s only fair” then 10 minutes later I watched the network throughput drop as he successfully leached bandwidth for the first time in four years. I dialed his cell phone “Hey no porn or Baja 1000 racing videos on my network, neighbor!”
He innocently asked “where’s the cheapest place to buy an 802.11 pre n card?” Looking out my kitchen window, I could see the faint glow of a screen in his upstairs den.
My dish washer started. I chuckled “I guess he’s on the network forever now.”
I don’t live in a Kansas San Diego County
As if my neighbor’s satisfaction of being able to get a strong wireless connection from his side of the avocado trees wasn’t enough, the contractors working on the MaForbes addition here seem to like it too. Every couple of minutes, during their lunch or breaks I repeatedly hear “Holy Makita! You ain’t going to believe this You Tube Clip!” And then the bandwidth drops. Eventually I again can’t hear myself think over the sound of nail guns and jack hammers”
New technology isn’t cheap. But it often makes life easier, especially if you live at the confluence of wild lands and Nirvana. Pre n 802.11 works for me--Jim Forbes, 01/10/2008.