First I have to preface this by saying that wireless networking is totally new to me, I've been wired for about 15 years and never had the need for wireless until now. So I don't know anything at all about it.
I just got a tablet running Android 4.0.3 ICS. I held off on getting a new wireless N router because I wasn't sure if the tablet would work well. (It does, really awesome). I first also wanted to simply test it with some existing wireless routers I have laying around to see if a wireless network is even possible:
I happen to have 3 older full-size wireless routers (also with RJ45 ports) that were never used, they are all wireless G, 54mb/s, and I haven't been able to get any of them to work with the tablet even when standing right next to them. They "connect" and show a valid connection, even obtaining an IP address, but no webpages will display ("Webpage not available"), they seem to be timing-out.
I simply hooked them up to one of my current wired router's output LAN ports, then connected that cable to the wireless routers' inputs, since that's the way these newer "travel" routers work (I believe this is referred to as "AP mode" on new routers). But I don't know if any kind of "configuration" has to be done with these routers I already have in order to actually connect to and get to webpages, nor do I know if these routers would actually even work in this kind of case! (I'm correctly or incorrectly assuming they would since that's how the N "travel routers" work). I just wanted to use these routers for testing, just to see if things would work, before I ordered a wireless N router. I'm most puzzled by them apparently connecting, the tablet showing a connection and signal strength, yet resulting in no access to websites. So I would greatly appreciate it if anyone could tell me what I'm doing wrong, or, if these wireless routers I've been trying will even work in this case. (FWIW: Trendnet TEW-432BRP, Blanc BW-54R11, Westell Versalink 7501).
I can't get a new N router until I can find out if it's even possible to get a wireless internet signal here. (Again, I know nothing about this and FAIK there could be "something odd in the air" preventing it). I have a 2.4ghz cordless phone system with security cameras, and I know that's the same frequency as at least the N routers, don't know about the G. But, so do millions of others and I'm sure they can get on the internet with their tablets. When I tried them, the phone nor the cameras were being used.
But I have to point out something I found most interesting: When I go into the WiFi area of the tablet, I see anywhere from 3 to 5 other wireless networks! What is this, neighbors??? I find that hard to believe, because for one; the range. For two; my neighbors on one side have no internet, to another side they are elderly and no internet, so that leaves only two other possibilities! Yet again I will see up to 5 wireless networks! (Not knowing what I'm doing) I tried to connect to these other "phantom" networks just for the heck of it to see what would happen (no, I didn't think that I actually could), and obviously I couldn't connect because they showed types of encryption, and asked for a password. however, when I touch on any of the routers listed that I hooked up, and did a "scan" or "connect", and it gets connected, they show no encryption! I don't understand that, since the routers I tried do have encryption.
Hopefully I can get a router to work, otherwise the tablet would be useless. Assuming that I can, regarding new N routers: The size of the router isn't important and it wouldn't be for travel(1). I just need something reliable and fast for this new tablet that will hook up to my existing wired router. I can't even find out if in my case 300mb/s N routers would actually equate to faster internet use, and if 150mb/s would be the same. The DSL service from my ISP is 6mb. I would not be transferring any files via networking. So would 150mb/s be the same as 300mb/s for use around the home? Do speeds decrease as distance increases? If so, by about how much? The maximum distance from the router would probably be around ~60', and through a couple of brick walls at times. For those of you that have tablets, what are you all using?
My list of possibilities could be reduced if I could determine if I could even benefit from a 300mb/s router. If not, then I could go with cheaper 150mb/s. If I could benefit from one, then I could delete the 150mb/s routers from the list of candidates. These are some I'm considering due to the high ratings:
Zuni ZR301F (300mb):
EnGenius ETR9330 (300mb):
Neewer 40008298 (150mb):
TP-Link TL-WR702N (150mb):
Then of course there's the plethora of full-sized wireless/wired combo routers. But from what I understand (very little) these smaller types of "travel" routers are easier to connect and use with an existing wired network.
(1) This is something else I don't understand: While at this point I just want to get wireless net access to the tablet around here, I would also like to be able to do this abroad, in the car, outdoors, in stores, etc. I see this on TV all the time, and, with stand-alone tablets. I never see anything connected to the tablets. From what (little) I've been able to determine about this so far, this looks like some kind of 3G/4G access.? This tablet supports 3G via dongle. So how are all these people able to do this without anything attached to their tablets? If it's your cell phone provider, where's the "other device" ("modem"?) that enables the tablet to actually do this?? Are the tablets wirelessly connected through their cell phones and that's how it works?
Thanks.......I need help. LoL.