How Fast is Broadband?

I don’t mean literally. But here’s what I thought to be true:

Most broadband companies max out around 3-5 Mbps. At least that’s what some now advertise: “We’re now faster…up to 5 Mbps”. Things like that.

But my old wireless router transmits up to 11 Mbps. If I plug into my router, I go up to 100 Mbps. I think newer routers go even faster.

But if the line coming into the router is only up to 5, isn’t my OLD router at 11 overkill? It seems that I could handle my ISP doubling their speed without skipping a beat. Why would I want to pay more money for a router that is supposed to be WAY faster than what I have when it seems to me my current router is capable of handling double the speed I have access to?

And if that’s the case, is plugging into my router (100 Mbps) really any faster than wireless (11 Mbps) when the speed the router receives is only 5 Mbps?

What am I missing?

Be Sociable, Share!
  • Internal networking needs speed for certain applications.

    Think media storage library, with the ability to watch movies or listen to music off a central server in your house.

    Think audio systems where music will play in every room in your house.

    Think security cameras serving real-time video to any computer in your house.

    10MB is just fine for surfing the Internet, but an internal network can be used for a lot more.

  • rob

    So then if all I’m interested in is just internet access, then there’s no need to pay for the extra speed because my thinking is right on this. However, if I want to have in-house networking, then it becomes an issue.

    I’m not that sophisticated, but at least I understand it now!