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Originally Posted by halfmonkey View Post
I have the new Airport Extreme 802.11 ac as well. My modem is in the master bedroom closest where the home builder placed the network panel. I have a cat 5 cable running from the modem to my family room where we have our Airport Extreme set up. From there, I have my PS4 hard wired into it and then I take another cat 5 cable and run it back to the master bedroom closet to a belkin 8 way splitter. From there, the splitter feeds other computers in other rooms via cat 5 cables as well. I have the splitter hard wired to my iMac and secondary computer in my office along with a printer so that I can take advantage of eprint. I also have my wife's laptop hardwired to the splitter in her temp office upstairs in an extra bedroom. The reason why I have the router in the family room is because that's where we spend most of our time with our wireless devices and this way all of our wireless devices has the best reception with the router. We have two iphone 5's connected to it as well as two ipad2's connected to it along with various other wireless devices. Wife's laptop, my laptop, kids' 3ds xl, wii u, Sony PSP, etc... Of course, these devices are not all connected at the same time but this gives you an idea of our connected devices.

I would have to think that increasing the mbps would improve speed but I guess that's where I'm not sure about the devices that I have connected to the router and if they would benefit at all. Hopefully, someone can look at my connected devices and let me know if I would actually benefit or not. Otherwise, it seems shady for my internet provider to advertise that the lower tier internet packages are goof for basic web searching and email whereas the higher tier internet packages are good for on-line multiplayer games and video streaming.
My provider has no lower tier anymore. It's all one speed 30 and going to 60 soon. The network cards have a built in speed overhead. Wired cards are 100mbs and 1000mbs I think. Not sure what the PS4 has but the new xbox one has 1000 I think. N wireless card are 144mbs and G are 54mbs. All wired cards are subject to interference that slows the connection. Being as close as you are interference should be minimized. The 802.11ac broadcast on two frequency's to help interference and distance.

I think the only way to know for sure is to try it. I would think ever installation would be different. Will I jump on any higher speed I can get? Yes sir. Will it make my laptop faster not sure.
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