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    Going Wireless?

    Hi guys.. well I was just wondering if anyone knew about the Linksys Router 802.11G unit... that does 54MBps....

    I am thinking on getting that... and the pci cards for each pc... but i had some questions..

    I know it can reach 150 feet.. but what if I have a computer on another room?... does it go through walls?...


    I also wanted to know HOW MUCH SLOWER it is from a physical cat 5 cable connection??

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    You mean the Linksys WRT54G router? I have one, works pretty good. And yes it does work through walls. The range varies depending on what it has to go through.

    A regular 100Base-T connection is 100Mbps, so it is about half the speed but thats completely fine for internet use since your internet connection is probably not more than 1-2Mbps.

    I'd put the router if possible by one of the computers if there is one sorta of in the middle of all of them, that way you can save yourself some money and use a regular wired connection into the router for that computer.
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    Two computers are in another room so I need this router for those... I will be hooking up another 3 computers the old fashion way through cables =-P...

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    The Edwardian walls in my house kill Wireless...

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    I hope my walls dont do that.. or else I need a bridge =-/

    well.. .if you say that 54MBps.. is enough do you think 11MBps is good too?....
    I mean.. the B version of the router is a lot cheaper.

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    Let's say it this way: Your internet connection is likely to be 10MBit or less. That means that your router won't be a bottleneck. However, if you want to play games, I can tell you that the difference between 10MBit and 100MBit is significant, if you've ever played counterstrike with seven others on a LAN party. However, that's the wired speeds. The wireless 54Mbit is a top speed at the best of circumstances, it's average speed is less than half that. In fact, later revisions of the standard wrote that 54MBit down to just 22MBit, just because it's that much difference between top performance and average performance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by liorean
    However, if you want to play games, I can tell you that the difference between 10MBit and 100MBit is significant, if you've ever played counterstrike with seven others on a LAN party. However, that's the wired speeds.
    Actually, depending on the game, that won't even become too much of a problem, while still it would be better to have 100 over 10 if you can get it. Especially really old games like Counter-Strike, there is a terminal latency that you just can't get beneath. But I do agree that 802.11b wouldn't be advisable for gaming, in fact I wouldn't recommend wireless at all for gaming if you can avoid it.

    Oh one other thing I just thought of, do you have any cordless phones that operate at 2.4Ghz? I've heard that they can sometimes cause connectivity problems with 802.11g (which runs on the same frequency) when the phone is in use.
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    Oh really?... I'll check what my phone runs at, thanks for the heads up

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    I thought wireless connections went through open passageways like doors and windows and did not go through walls....

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    They can go through walls -- that's why I can link up to someone's WLAN at the coffee shop down the road

    There's an organization in England that is developing a wallpaper that can block wireless networks so that other's don't tap into it... but as long as you're not in a metal basement or have some old school walls, it can go through it just fine, it's just like taking your wireless phone outside, it'll work, it's just a little choppy.
    http://nwc.mobilepipeline.com/howto/26807156

    And I use a wireless network Linksys router like you said, works great -- I have one Mac with Airport express... and the other, as my post has said, is waiting for an older airport or a bridge. But it works up on my roommates Notebook PC just fine, so we both use it at the same time just great.
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    Ok.. so this would affect games... kind of... but would it do the same for just video streaming?..... with the B version of the linksys [11MBps}

    Like I said.. I would be using the wireless only for maybe 2 computers... so that would leave 5 MBps for each or something right?..
    Last edited by Data; 08-28-2004 at 07:32 PM.

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    I have the B version now. There's nothing wrong with it, I just wish I had spend the extra money and gotton the G. It might not even be the version that's the problem I've just had problems with the router such as the password reset randomly and having to reset the router several times. I've been advised by linksys to upgrade to thier G version but it's settled down. They also said that with the B version I could not get a good wireless connection going 2 floors straight up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Data
    Ok.. so this would affect games... kind of... but would it do the same for just video streaming?..... with the B version of the linksys [11MBps}

    Like I said.. I would be using the wireless only for maybe 2 computers... so that would leave 5 MBps for each or something right?..
    That isn't the way it works, both computers will connect at 11mbps if you got B.
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    I have this router as well (g), I am fairly happy with it, so long is My PC's are not along an outside wall. I can stream video from any PC to any PC with no problem. As far as gaming goes, if you are playing multiplayer through the internet, there is no problems. Gaming on a LAN will bog down a bit after more than 4-5 users. Just standing by what has been said, all in all it is a good choice for a router. I would recommend getting a third party firmware upgrade especially if you plan on accepting VPN connections etc.

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