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Will using a second wireless router as a wireless AP LAN-LAN cause a bottleneck at the LAN port, since my router is capable of wireless transfer speeds of up to 300 Mbps and my LAN port is only 100 Mpbs? I do a lot of file transfers between devices on my network that are only reached by my second AP. Would it be better to create a separate network and have it wired LAN-WAN or keep my current setup of LAN-LAN? I have four devices that connect to the AP, and about 15 devices that connect to the primary router. I am not concerned about the devices connected to the first router communicating with devices connected to the second router.

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You cannot, ever, reach 300 Mbit/s net speed on 11n WiFi. It’s usually about half of it—150 Mbit/s.

Of course, this is still more than 100 Mbit/s. So yes, any WiFi-LAN transfer will be limited to 100 Mbit/s. WiFi-WiFi transfers are not subject to this limitation.

I don’t quite get the next part. You better draw some graphs showing what you mean. ;) Of course, you cannot work around the WiFi router’s limitations. To get full 11n speed, you’d need a Gigabit-speed wired network.

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  • Which is the reason you buy hardware that supports 10/100/1000 speeds – Ramhound Feb 14 '15 at 18:30
  • My setup right now is temporary until I move, my secondary router supports 10/100/1000, but my primary router does not. To clarify the second part of my question, if my second router is just acting as an access point, will WiFi-WiFi transfer have to travel back to the first router since my secondary router is not acting as a DHCP server, or will WiFi-WiFi transfers only go through the second router? – Steven Feb 15 '15 at 18:08
  • @Steven No. DHCP servers do not participate in file transfers. In fact, you don’t need a DHCP server at all. Of course, you’d have to manually manage IP addresses in that case. – Daniel B Feb 15 '15 at 19:42

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