How to Convert 802.11g to 802.11n

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It is possible to convert from a 802.11g to 802.11n wireless network. The 802.11g standard, or wireless G, is a slower wireless standard. The 802.11n standard, or wireless N, can transfer data at greater speeds than wireless G. More importantly for the average home user, wireless N has a much greater signal range, averaging 230 feet indoors and 820 feet outdoors, ideal for larger homes and patios.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Router with 802.11n capability
  • Network adapter with 802.11n capability

Verifying Existing Equipment Capability

  • Consult your router manual to verify if the existing router includes wireless N capability. If a router was purchased in 2009 or after, it may have both wireless G and wireless N capability.

  • Follow the owner's manual instructions for the router to convert to wireless N. The process will vary, depending on model and manufacturer.

  • Consult network adapter manual to verify if it has wireless N capability. Some networks adapter manufactured in 2009 and beyond include both standards.

  • Follow owner's manual instructions for the network adapter to convert to wireless N. The process will vary by model, equipment manufacturer and operating system in use.

Upgrading Existing Equipment to 802.11n

  • Disable and remove existing 802.11g network adapter. If using a laptop, disable the on-board wireless adapter. This process will vary depending on physical hardware and operating system.

  • Install new 802.11n wireless adapter in the desktop or laptop computer. Follow instructions provided in the owner's manual and software installation.

  • Turn off and unplug existing wireless router. Unhook any networking cables attached to the router.

  • Plug in new wireless N router into a power outlet and turn on the router.

  • Connect the DSL or cable modem to the new router.

  • Follow the instructions provided by the router manufacturer to properly set up and connect to the new wireless N router.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer. With dozens of manufacturers and equipment models, the set up and installation processes will vary.
  • Do not upgrade from 802.11g solely based on speed. Wireless G can handle most connection speed packages offered by service providers. For most home users, the benefit of wireless N is its signal strength and greater range.

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