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Why is a linksys router faster than 2wire?

Asked by XOIIO (18320points) July 10th, 2011

We have a 2wire wifi router set up broadcasting wifi. I can’t download movies or watch anything else online while other people are doing that too.I had to hook up a linksys router via ethernet because I couldnt port forward on the 2wire one, and its waaayyy faster. I have movies downloading, I’m watching stuff online and downloading other stuff at the same time without a problem. What’s the deal?

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Lightlyseared's avatar

The 2wire may be using an older slower wifi protocol. For example 800.11g is faster than a or b. 800.11n is faster again and n routers can have the ability to run multiple signals from multiple aerials doubling or quadrupling the speed.

Lightlyseared's avatar

Also some routers are just crap.

funkdaddy's avatar

You mention you’re connecting to the linksys via a cable, were you on the 2wire wirelessly?

A wired connection will almost always be faster than a wireless connection, regardless of the protocol.

XOIIO's avatar

@funkdaddy both wireless.

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