There are different types/speeds of wireless connectivity out there.
- b - generally dont find this one much anymore, generally max 11mbps
- g - still around somewhat - generally max 54mbps
- n - most common - 100-300+ mbps
- ac - newest.
AC is the newest.. some devices may have it.. some may not. Most newer phones tend to... laptops.. can be hit and miss depending on how cheap of a wireless card they put in it.
There are a number of flavors of AC (1750, 1900, etc) more and more capable speed as you go up.
If you are buying your OWN router.. i say sure, go out and spend the extra on an AC router.. futureproof yourself, etc.
But generally in MOST cases.. N will do fine. Depending on your PLAN.. N should be able to handle most of the speed.
If you are on the 250 plan... N MIGHT work.. but thats assuming you have an N capable card of doing that fast to begin with, etc.
Generally, in my opinion, N should serve most people for their internet.. unless they are trying to max out the MAX speed on the HIGHEST rogers plan, over wireless. (which i think is silly.. you really want to gaurantee your speed, do wired)
The main difference between the modems should be the 802.11ac capability of the CGN3ACSMR which uses the 5 Ghz band. You would need to review your devices to determine which ones use 802.11n and which are 802.11 ac / n capable for 5 Ghz networks.
If you use a 2.4 Ghz network heavily, then you will be interested in keeping the SMR version. The main drawback with the CGN3 is its inability to handle mixed devices on the 2.4 Ghz networks. If you run a mixture of dual antenna, dual data stream laptops (which is typical), with any single antenna, single data stream device at the same time such as some cell phones and USB Wifi dongles, the CGN3 locks down to the slowest data rate of all of the connected devices, which will bring the higher data rate laptops to a crawl. The CGN3 does not have the capability to switch data rates to accomodate the various devices. The CGNV4 on the other hand, ie: the CGN3AC and CGN3ACSMR should use co-existence mechanisms to operate the same device mixture at their rated data rates. The CGNV4 has been tested and rated as co-existence capable by the Wifi Alliance.
Nice to see progress on the issue and the update. Please keep the updates coming on this issue and on the latency issue with the CGN3 series modems. You will have an appreciative audience 🙂 Fwiw, updates should be posted up top, in the internet section as a locked item that is plainly visible when you look at the post titles. Hopefully that would grab peoples attention.
disconects may be a different thing.
I am running the CGN3, which suffers from the same ping jumps. BUT i dont ever get disconected from the games i play.
While generally i agree, that one shouldnt have to get their own 3rd party router..
You look at any of the OTHER options for ISPs.. all the 3rd party ones, etc.. .almost none of them provide gateways..
Why? They just arent up to par... not just canada.. US any one that uses them.. all report sub par performance.
They are on par with a cheap $30-50 router.. they work... kind of... just not great.
You want better performance.. you really need to get the device which has it 😞