Linkysy router "speedbooster"

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by combatcolin, May 1, 2007.

  1. combatcolin macrumors 68020

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  2. zero2dash macrumors 6502a

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    Speedbooster 'g' routers need Speedbooster 'g' NICs to achieve that higher speed.

    So if you buy a SB router but are using the same NIC (which doesn't have SB), you won't see any difference in speed between a non-SB 'g' router and a SB 'g' router. Also, Speedbooster won't make a 'b' card operate at a higher speed either.

    I don't see a use for these, to be truthful. If you want to transfer stuff faster than 54mb (which is the 'g' speed, obviously), plug in a wire and do 100mb. Speedbooster gets you close without the wire, but the hardware is more expensive (both the routers and the NICs). :confused:
     
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    PC wired upstairs for now, downstairs in office when office completed.

    360 and/or Wii wireless in living room if and when i buy.

    Wireless laptop eventually.

    Not rushed to buy, just exploring options, :)

    What happens when you have a PC (wired 100bt) and console/laptop (Wireless G) connected to the same wireless 10/100 G router?

    What speed would they run at?

    Many Thanks.
     
  4. zero2dash macrumors 6502a

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    No prob :)

    I have a WRT54G router myself.
    2 Wired connections (XP PC + Xbox 360)
    1 wireless (Wii primarily, DS if I want but not usually)

    Seems like the 10/100 runs at 10/100 and the wireless runs at 802.11g speed which is 54mb (wired running at 100mb obviously).

    Even with the PC + wireless going at the same time, I've never had any collision problems or issues while running wired + wireless in tandem.

    I prefer Linksys products. :)
    Netgear I have bad experience with but other people swear by them.
    But avoid D-Link at all costs...trust me. :D

    Again, the speedbooster thing would be nice if you have to have wireless and do a lot of network file transferring. Again though - the only problem is you have to have matching hardware (router and network cards that support it). With most broadband being no faster than 802.11b (11mb? or is it 10mb?), a lot of the 'g' speed goes wasted unless you do network file transfers a lot.

    Only thing to keep in mind with wireless...it interferes with 2.4ghz cordless phones. Around the time I got the WRT54G, we needed a new cordless phone anyway so we picked up a pair of 5.8ghz Uniden's. Just a heads up...;)

    I've seen people say microwave ovens and other things interfere with wireless but I've never had that problem myself. :confused:

    I think the WRT54GS is $10 more than the WRT54G...I initially almost did get the GS until I realized I'd have to buy a new wireless card for my laptop (which I no longer own), so I chose to go with the G instead.
     

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