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What's The Difference Between B, G And N Routers?

The biggest differences between these wireless standards are speed and range.

By Leah Becerra | April 23, 2016

Here's a question: What's the difference between B, G and N routers?

The biggest differences are speed and range. B, G and N refer to wireless standards, with B being the oldest and N being the newest.

B routers are the slowest, and they have the least range. And they aren't made anymore. So don't worry too much about seeing one in a store.

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For most consumers, the choice will be between wireless G and N.

G routers send data faster and reach farther than B routers. As long as your internet service and all your devices support it, a G router could get you speeds up to 54 Mbps.

Jumping up to an N router usually costs more, but it will get you more speed and range. Plus, it'll get you a higher frequency.

G routers are stuck on 2.4 GHz, which means they're using the same frequency as many home appliances. N routers can use the 5 GHz band, so things like your microwave are less likely to interrupt the signal.

N routers are some of the fastest you'll encounter at an electronics store. They offer speeds up to 300 Mbps, again, as long as your internet and devices support it.

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