Here is a novice question. My Gateway laptop, model MT6451 from 2007, has a Broadcom 802.11g Network Adapter, driver version 22.214.171.124, dated10-24-2006, on a broadband (Comcast) connection. I'm now using a Netgear WNDA3100 dual band USB adapter and sitting close to the router (Netgear N600) I get readings of 270.0 Mbps on the Netgear, and 54.0 Mbps on the Broadcom. For best performance should I leave both radios active or should I disable the Broadcom,or doesn't it matter? I don't know how Firefox or Internet Explorer gets fed web pages and streaming video to know if keeping the Broadcom active influences the laptop to use the slower adapter rather than using the faster Netgear. Of course the Netgear adapter is a dual band, G and N speeds. Will the laptop always choose the N speed even when both G and N speeds are available? With 3 avenues available, with the Broadcom adapter active, does the laptop just pick whichever it wants? And how does it do that?
I got the Netgear so that I could stream Netflix wirelessly but even at270.0 Mbps the streaming is so choppy as to be unwatchable. I guess the graphics card (ATI Radeon Xpress 1150) and the CPU (AMD Turion(tm) 64 X2 TL-50 chip, 1596MHz) is a bit too slow to keep up regardless of how fast my Internet connection is, eh?