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Ten Tips and Considerations on Upgrading to Wireless N

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Thinking about upgrading your Wi-Fi network to 802.11n? Before you do, Eric Geier, author of Wi-Fi Hotspots: Setting Up Public Wireless Internet Access, recommends using these tips. To get the fast speeds, increased range, and enhanced performance you want, follow the discussed recommendations; otherwise, you'll be throwing your money away.
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Upgrading your home or office Wi-Fi network to 802.11n—or Wireless N, as I'll refer to it—can provide greater coverage, increased speeds, and overall better performance for more demanding applications and devices.

However, just like everything else that appears too good to be true, there is fine print. You wouldn't achieve these promised speeds and performance levels by just plugging in the Wireless N (or now, Draft N 2) gear "out-of-the-box," or without setting changes and careful considerations.

To help you maneuver through the upgrade, I've compiled ten tips, hitting on important issues you need to know.

1. Use the Same Manufacturer for All Gear

Like the older wireless standards, Wireless N is supposed to be standardized and work among devices from other manufacturers. However, especially with the Wireless N Draft products (before the official standard is complete), you might find that gear from various vendors don't work well together.

It's best to evaluate the product offerings from the vendors, choose the best, and stick with that manufacturer.


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