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16-Mar-2009, 01:43 PM #1
How fast is Wireless N?
I am moving out of my parents house and I will be using wireless N for my computer but I am worried that the speed won't be optimal. Will I have the same ping in online games as I have now with my wired connection? Can I stream live video like youtube HQ and stuff?

We're gonna have Shaw Cable and I'm on Windows XP if that helps. Thanks
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16-Mar-2009, 02:41 PM #3
I'm using Wireless N and I usually have 54MB and Excellent signal strength.
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16-Mar-2009, 03:23 PM #4
You will see a difference between any wireless connection and a wired connection, that's to be expected. If you have a solid 802.11n connection, the speed should be sufficient for any of the mentioned activities.
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16-Mar-2009, 03:31 PM #5
Depends more on other factors. Primarily the download speed from ISP to Modem, type of connection, and how good the wiring.

Type og Wireless N, G, B will have very little effect.
Wireless speed (bit transfer rate) is just between wireless nodes like your computer and the modem/router.
for Wireless N to Wireless N about 300 Mbps
for Wireless N to B or G about 54 Mbps
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16-Mar-2009, 06:21 PM #6
Usually, the expectation for any wired connection whether it be a WAN or LAN link is that it is reliable and quick (depending on the type of connection we're talking about.) Wireless is unpredictable as many things can and do change in terms of the RF environment your wireless network exists in. So the only way you will know if you'll have any problems with a reliable connection via wireless and the resultant affect on latency is to set up the wireless network at your new place to see what happens.
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16-Mar-2009, 08:42 PM #7
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I'm using Wireless N and I usually have 54MB and Excellent signal strength.
You mean you see a 54Mb connection speed in the system tray. Note the small "b". That is not actual bandwidth. That's the theoretical maximum.
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16-Mar-2009, 08:56 PM #8
Yeah, I know it's byes. I guess I could have said "Mbps".
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