I am moving home soon and wanted to know if it is worth investing in a 108Mbps wireless ADSL router to replace my current 54Mbps router.
Assuming that: - two computers are connected to the internet at the same time - for arguments sake we receive the full 8Meg broadband speed from the service provider - that both computers and the router will all be within 20 meters of each other
Are we likely to notice an improvement in connection to the internet speed by using an 108Mbps wireless router compared to a 54Mbps one?
Unless you are copying files by wire, between computers, it will make no difference at all to your Net speed. You will never reach anywhere near 54mps for your internet connection and even if you connect 2 computers you will notice no difference. Save your money (buy an external HD instead, which will be much more useful) and stick with 54mps, unless you are a mad LAN gamer and then you would be using wire in any case.
Gandalf is right in my experience. My wife and I have 4 wireless PCs and a wired up desktop, often all in use at the same time. I have never had any cause to be concerned about internet speeds. If I had I would have changed my router to the latest wireless 'g' service.
Wireless is half duplex and no two machines can communicate with the router itself at the same time (unlike connections in a wired system) so the actual speed is less than stated. However, with an 8mbps connection you'll not notice any dip in performance as far as the internet is concerned.