What generation of router is needed?

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Greg_J
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What generation of router is needed?

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SiliconDust says, "We recommend that you use the latest generation of router or a mesh network for streaming live HDTV when not using a wired connection".

How important is it to use the latest generation of router? If my router is Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) will it potentially cause problems? If so, do I really need to upgrade to the latest generation Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), or would a Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) router suffice? I don't think any of my devices (TV, laptop, tablet, etc) are new enough to even have Wi-Fi 6 capability, so they would use Wi-Fi 5 even if I had a Wi-Fi 6 router.

NedS
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Re: What generation of router is needed?

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Wifi 4 works. Wifi 5 would be a safer bet. Wifi 6 is overkill just for HDHomeRun/live TV, but might be nice if you are already going to update.

Greg_J
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Re: What generation of router is needed?

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Okay thanks for the info.

Goodspike
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Re: What generation of router is needed?

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NedS wrote: Fri Sep 10, 2021 5:03 am Wifi 4 can work, but just barely. Wifi 5 would be a safer bet. Wifi 6 is overkill just for HDHomeRun/live TV, but might be nice if you are already going to update.
What? You mean Consumer Reports isn't right? I don't need to spend money to get the latest and greatest WiFi technology? :lol:
“Whether it's getting a new laptop or a router with the latest WiFi standard," said Antonette Asedillo, an editor with Consumer Reports. "Simply put, new tech helps you get things done faster.”
https://komonews.com/news/consumer/time ... has-advice

Seriously, nice answer. That CR based article was one of the final straws that convinced me to not renew my membership. Thank you for confirming my decision.

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Re: What generation of router is needed?

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Those in the know are waiting for 6E, which combines the new tech of 6 with a ton of new spectrum so there's less congestion.

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