The Need For The Right 802.11 Modem

To have the best broadband connection for your home, you will want to have a network that uses the latest 802.11 protocols to send and receive data at the fastest possible.

Internet Modems

So, what types of 802.11 modems are there?

If you are using one of the older 802.11b or 802.11g modems, those will be limited to data transfer rates of around 10 Mbps to 50 Mbps. Also, those older protocols operate on the 2.4GHz band.

Using a more powerful modem will really make a difference when using streaming media, playing console games, or downloading large files. The most widely used Wi-Fi protocol, 802.11n, allows for maximum data rates of up to 600Mbps and operates on both the 2.4 and 5GHz bands.

As far as your end-user device is concerned, you will find that most modern laptops, smartphones, consoles and other connected home devices use the latest 802.11n protocal. So, if you use a 802.11n modem, your devices will be able to get the fastest Internet connection speeds available to them.

The latest class of Wi-Fi routers all use 802.11ac technology. This is a newer version of modem which provides many new improvements over previous protocols, including:

  • Downstream Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) technology
  • Much broader signal channels (up to 160Hz versus older 40Hz)
  • Up to 8 additional MIMO spatial streams

802.11ac modems also come with a technology called beamforming. This is a method by which the Wi-Fi signals are sent directly to a client rather than being sent out in all directions. The end result is a much stronger signals that is beamed straight at your end-user device.

At NXT Central, we sell only 802.11n and 802.11ac modems.