Tip: Best network setup to co-exist 802.11G and 802.11N

Ken Ng

Father. Technologist. Photographer. Blogger. Shares his thoughts on the everything technology that amuses him on a anytime he can while regularly abuses his Mac, iPhone and iPad. Devices with APS-C CMOS sensors seems to be a favourite passtime and his job involves selling mules to connect stuff.

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9 Responses

  1. Bonerjamz says:

    I bought both of these routers and I’m going to set everything up just like you. Thank you for taking the time to post this informative writeup!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Let me know how it goes!

  3. Bonerjamz says:

    Quick question… I need to get DD-WRT fixed on my 320 before I move forward, but do I plug the ethernet cable from the 320 into the ‘Internet’ port on the 54g or one of the LAN ports?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Here’s what I did. In DDWRT, go to Setup – VLANs. There, you’ll see how all the ports are being configured. Basically, you’d see the W (WAN) port separated from the other 4 ports. Just check the W port into the same VLAN as the other 4 ports.

    With that, you can use any of the 5 ports to connect your 320N to the 54g.

    Otherwise, if you don’t want to reconfigure the VLANs, then you’ll need to plug it into the LAN ports to keep it all simple in the same VLANs. Those devices connected to the 54G would not be automatically bridge to the devices connected on the 320N since it’s isolated on the different VLAN on the 54G.

  5. Bonerjamz says:

    Just did it and it works like a DREAM (using a WAN port). Did some tests and the new kanye album transferred from comp to comp on the G-only network in 4:03.3 (that’s minutes). On the N-only network, from comp to comp? 0:15.9 (SECONDS!!!!)

    Also, I was having a serious problem with DD-WRT (I’m on a Mac) and it turns out that it didn’t play nice with the latest Firefox version. Switched to Safari and it allowed me to change everything without problem.

    Thank you so much for this guide, and sorry for my semi-lewd name, I just hate signing into something just to leave a comment.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I use a Mac too and yea, you’d need either Safari or Chrome (or even RockMelt) to work properly on DD-WRT :)Anyways, thank you for taking the time to read and visit my blog, I’m glad I was able to help out. And don’t worry about the name thing, I didn’t even notice (or mind) anything weird about it.

  7. Jon says:

    Great stuff… Is it possible to set it up so both have the same SSID, or will the N devices not know which one to connect to, and may connect to the G router?

  8. Ken Ng says:

    Yes you can set both up with the same SSID, but I would not recommend it as you would not be able to know which router it’s connected to. The device would usually connect to the 1st strongest signal it find, and generally from my experience, G networks have stronger signals.

  9. Jon says:

    Thanks!

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