Inheriting a router from someone else

The Accidental Expats were in a mad rush to part with some of their European acquisitions. I got a sweet deal on an N-spec. router out of their chaos. That’s an upgrade for me — I’m still using the G-spec. router that came with the contract with our ISP. But TAEs’ N-spec. device branded and optimized for T-Com (a.k.a. Telekom, again, I think) and I use another DSL provider (at least until my current contract is up in a few months…let’s see who makes the best offer then).

But after two days of messing around with it, I think I’m going to switch back to the original one. For whatever reason, and I don’t know enough about EMC and Napoleonic-War era construction and mixed OS environment to make a guess about why, my Linux machine beyond those thick walls in the back room connects better with the older router. Skype is usable with the old one. Running a small webserver as a test environment through a NAT firewall and DynDNS hostname works with that one. I just can’t seem to get those things to work reliably with the N-spec. router, even though the functionality is ostensibly there on the new router (and just to make sure, I updated its firmware to the latest version, though not without a little headscratching — it took me a while to realize that the router was rejecting the firmware file upload because I was using Google Chrome instead of MSIE <v7 or Firexfox ≤v3).

I thought N-spec. routers were supposed to have both speed AND range advantages over G-spec. Any thoughts as to how I could reap those benefits? I only have one device still stuck with a G-spec. WLAN adapter; once that gets replaced at some point in the far future, our household will be pure N-spec. compatible.

Otherwise, I may as well stick with the slower but apparently more reliably G-spec. router.