Re: Does AT&T offer a wireless n RG to replace wireless g i38HG RG?
07-21-2013 03:39:42 PM
While that particular poster may not be an AT&T employee, that particular line has been used by AT&T employees in many threads, including ones that I have started.
I made clear that I was refering to INTERNAL networking needs, and not your standard browsing behavior. For those purposes, and let's all be very honest about this particular point, wireless and wired speeds ARE paramount. Not only that, but so many of the router behind router questions invariably revolve around someone wanting to do something with their INTERNAL network, and not someone expecting that Wireless N is going to make Facebook peppier, or their YouTube videos play smoother. They are people needing specific functionality for their own INTERNAL network(s) that AT&T's RG's have not previously supplied. Those people don't want or need to hear about how faster wired and wireless connections won't speed up their browsing because AT&T doesn't support a faster profile than blah, blah, blah. It's neither pertinent nor germain to the discussion.
I started a thread over 2 years ago asking why AT&T didn't have the RG that is now sitting in my networking closet. Throughout that thread, and I'm about 99.99% sure that you contributed to said conversation, I spoke about Wireless N already being on the way out, and Wireless AC coming soon, then in pre-certification release, and finally released. Wireless G and wired 10/100 was already bargain bin tech when those RG's were released, and they haven't miraculously made a comeback. All that old tech Wireless B/G and 10/100 legacy gear does to your INTERNAL network is slow everything down to the lowest common denominator.
So while the new Motorola NVG589 does have GIgabit Ethernet and MIMO antennas, it's still saddled with what is now old, legacy tech in the form of Wireless N single band. Why they didn't include Wireless AC is beyond me. Especially coming from a company whose entire business model is based upon delivering TV and telephony via the Internet and networking technology. The only way that AT&T's approach to the tech in their RG's makes any sense is when viewed through the lense of corporate execs getting MASSIVE bonuses by coming in under budget on the RG's.
What I am though is a realist, and having suffered first hand through AT&T's previous track record on putting new'ish tech into their RG's, I know that Wireless N is the best we're going to see for at least the next 2-3 years, and by the time they put Wireless AC into their RG's, there will have been a new wireless spec created, debated, ratified, and implmented and we'll be having the exact same argument then as we are now.