Wireless Networking?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by seabass069, May 28, 2006.

  1. seabass069 macrumors regular

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    If I connect my 2 computers via a wireless network, am I going to lose internet bandwith vs. connecting through a wired network (ethernet)? Will my internet connection be slower through a wireless network?
     
  2. reh macrumors 6502a

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    No, in almost all circumstances, the speed of 802.11b/g is far faster than your internet connection.
     
  3. DakotaGuy macrumors 68040

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    No. 802.11g wireless networks can transfer data at up to 54 Mbps. I am not sure how fast your internet connection is, but I have 5 Mbps down, 1 Mbps up. As you can see the current internet speed is not even close to what 802.11g can do. Actually even 802.11b is still much faster then what you can get from an ISP at this time.
     
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  5. talz13 macrumors newbie

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    Actually b is going to start running into limitations soon for high speed services. I'm on comcast, and they bumped the service up to 6mb down. That's starting to run into the max bandwidth provided by b in real world use. Any more speed increases and I'll start getting capped hard by my wireless connection.

    That isn't to say that you'll notice much of a difference between 500kB/sec and 750kB/sec on web surfing, but it'll make a difference on downloads (and local network file transfers).

    Then again, if you already have g, then it shouldn't matter for a while unless we start seeing huge speed boosts on the internet side of things.
     
  6. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

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    How are these speeds possible? I thought 1MBPS was the fastest...:confused:
     
  7. talz13 macrumors newbie

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    This is 6 megabits per second, or 750 kB per second (if you were referring to 1 megabyte per second)
     
  8. reh macrumors 6502a

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    From http://compnetworking.about.com/od/dslvscablemodem/a/speedcompare.htm (hopefully it's still current)...

    In terms of theoretical peak performance, cable modem runs faster than DSL. Cable technology supports approximately 30 Mbps of bandwidth, whereas most forms of DSL cannot reach 10 Mbps.
    One type of DSL technology, VDSL, can match cable's performance, also supporting 30 Mbps. However, Internet service providers generally do not offer VDSL, but rather the cheaper and slower ADSL or SDSL services.
     
  9. seabass069 thread starter macrumors regular

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    That's great advise to know. My current situation is that I have cable running into my house. My house was built in 1880. Instead of running cable lines to every room, I was thinking of running a wireless network throughout the house, with the exception of cable t.v. in my bedroom. So you guys say that I will not lose any bandwith by using a wireless network in the house vs. running a cable line into each room that has a computer.
     
  10. Macer macrumors regular

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    I have ADSL 2 and my download speed is around 18mb.
     
  11. dylanemcgregor macrumors member

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    It sort of depends. If you are able to get a good wireless signal to all rooms of the house that you need internet, then you shouldn't have a problem, but if you have a big house and/or thick walls you might run into problems with speed for the devices that are the farthest away from the wireless router.

    I use wireless for all of my connections because I like the flexability and I've rarely ran into problems, but a wired connection will generally be more reliable.
     
  12. Macer macrumors regular

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    I found a wired connection to be alot faster than a wireless connection, even when the computer was right next to the wireless router.
     
  13. codo macrumors 6502

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    Your fabulous connections shame BT! 200kbps down, 32 up on my 2MB line... Yay.
     
  14. Sweetfeld28 macrumors 65816

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    I have a question regarding wireless networking, is there a way to some how directly broadcast a wireless signal from one building to another 500 ft away?

    I know this seems like a retarded question, but a friends dad is wanting to wirelessly connect his two warehouses. Personally, i told him it would be difficult. He, i think, would have to buy like 20 wireless bridges because the average broadcast signal is only like 25-30 feet. Then, he would have to some how supply power to them.

    I told him it would just be smarter to buy some conduit, and run some CAT-5 cable through it to the other building, then bury it. Since he is kinda rich i told him he might as well invest in server with gigabit ethernet.

    Does anyone know if the wireless thing would work, or if what i told him to do was a better idea?
     

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