Here are a few things to know about my network first up:
- My router is in one corner of the house. Due to the design and layout of phone-line ports (for ADSL) this is the only location for the router.
- Three desktop computers use our network, none of which can connected through Ethernet because the router is in a different room. One is an iMac (one room from the router), one is my media PC connected to a TV (two rooms and around 15m from the router) and my desktop (three rooms and 30m from the router).
- The iMac has Wireless N and so does my desktop, the media PC is only G for now. Most other hardware (phones) support wireless N, except my Xbox 360 which is just G.
- The throughput transferring files from my media PC to my desktop is around 800-1000 kB/s
I've been researching and I still have a few questions:
- I hear the 5 GHz band is not so good for range, so will it have trouble around 30m away and through several (non-solid) walls?
- Simultaneous dual-band routers create two access points, I believe. Does this mean that if I connect my media-PC through 2.4 GHz and my desktop through 5 GHz that they will not be able to transfer files?
- What sort of wireless-to-wireless throughput can I expect from just using 2.4 GHz, wireless N, the ranges specified above and some good hardware?
- Finally, for my situation is a 2.4 GHz router or dual-band router more appropriate?