wired or wireless

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Edwin the Elder, Apr 5, 2007.

  1. Edwin the Elder macrumors member

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    I just picked up a black MacBook on Monday. I have a wired home network with a linksys router and 4 access points. I can use my laptop in most areas of my house (although not all) through an access point and a fairly long cable. I was thinking of connecting wirelessly as well through an Airport Express. I asked a friend what we would recommend and received the following advice.

    I would appreciate your views:

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    Wired is:
    1. Safer - nobody can remotely hijack or monitor your connexion.
    2: Faster - wireless tops out at about 54 Mbps - often much less if you have interference from
    cordless phones etc. - Wire can handle up to 1 Gbps (although most home equipment is still
    100 Mbps. Newer laptops are often Gigabit now though...)
    3. Much less hassle to setup.
     
  2. CRAZYBUBBA macrumors 65816

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    Its easy to put a password on your wireless, although any good hacker can supposedly crack wep nowdays, it works for me..

    also wireless works blazing fast for me, any loss in speed is worth the freedom to move around
     
  3. iLoveMyMBP macrumors regular

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    yeh wireless is super duper bing bang fast for me...i can walk about 300 feet down the street and still get signal!
     
  4. Edwin the Elder thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks

    I presume the 802.11g in the Airport Expresss is fast enough?
     
  5. JNB macrumors 604

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    Well, rated bandwidth is never realized, so I wouldn't worry about that (I doubt your internet connection is faster than the slowest inside network device you've got, anyway). 11g is just fine, really.

    As far as wireless security, a few easy things is to do is use WPA (not WEP), don't broadcast your SSID, and use MAC Address filtering. That'll keep the war chalkers and kiddie scripters outta your hair for the most part.

    Your router should have a stealth mode as well. Use it.
     
  6. Edwin the Elder thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks

    I think the issue is solved

    my wife is complaining about the 20 foot cable I'm dragging about - so I'll install the Airport Express I picked up

    it really doesn't make a lot of sense to buy a lapyop and not to use the wireless capability

    kind of defeats the purpose

    maybe I'll pick up the bluetooth mouse as well
     
  7. orangemacapple macrumors 6502

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    When you consider your internet connection is only about 6 Mbps or less, you can handle about 10 computers on the express -- it's 10x as fast as your dsl can deliver.

    my dsl is 1.5 Mbps and the express worked fine for me. i did up to the new xtreme because of the wireless hd support. now my 2 printers and 2 hd's are in a closet out of sight cutting down on noise.

    just remember, your internet connection will slow down if you use several computers -- not because of the airport, but because they are all sharing the same dsl connection.

    and with the express you can stream itunes to your stereo and print wirelessly.

    you will wonder how you ever did without wireless computing.
     

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