Wireless Networking

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  1. VegetaPunk macrumors 6502

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    Sorry if this is a stupid question but I was wondering if its ok to cross brands of equipment when making a wireless network so if I got a netgear router and used a linskey card for example??
     
  2. StrongGlad macrumors member

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    Theoretically, no, it's not a problem at all. As long as each device is compliant with the same standard (for example, 802.11b), they should play nicely together.

    I have, however, heard of a few quirks in cross-brand networks. My SMC wireless router, for example, had a nasty habit of dumping wireless connections from Macs, which I never quite figured out. By and large, however, such problems are infrequent.

    In some cases, there can be benefits to using hardware from the same manufacturer, though. I know that many 802.11b products from D-Link allow you to achieve double the bandwith (or so they claim) of the standard spec, as long as you've got D-Link devices on both ends of the connection.

    FYI:

    802.11g (which runs at 54 mbps) is backward compatible with 802.11b, though you won't get the additional speed if you mix protocols.
     
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