How to get 300Mbps Connection on Wireless N Dual-Band Router!

I’ve recently bought a new Linksys E4200 Wireless N dual-band router that works on dual-band, 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz (which is a really great router btw, highly recommended).

Well, I’ve connected my main desktop via Wireless N to my new router but my Windows 7 indicates that I am only connected at 130Mbps.

To see your Wireless connection speed on Windows, right click on your wireless bar:

Then click on “Status”:

I was furious, why am I not getting the full 300Mbps?!?

It’s in the settings. After playing around a bit, I found that if you don’t set different SSID for 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz, your overall connections suffer because Wireless B/G/N all get mixed into the same SSID.

Instead, I gave a new SSID name for my 5Ghz band and also put only Wireless N on 5GHz.

The result? I am getting full 300Mbps connections for all my wireless N connections. Yippey, my internet is faster now without being slowed by all my other B/G devices.

Here’s a screenshot of my settings:

What’s amazing is that this simple setting can cost you more than half of your potential of your router and it’s not clearly set in the instruction manuals. But I figured it out and you can too.

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