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Speed Difference Between Router Models?

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  1. cwilmot

    cwilmot Thread Starter

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    I have 2 computers which I wish to network. I have a broadband, cable connection to my primary computer and no connection yet to my secondary. Is there sufficient difference in speed, or would I notice any difference at all, between the 11b and the G. 54mbps routers, to justify paying $40 more for the latter? CompUSA has on sale, this coming Sunday, a Netgear MR 814802.11b Cable/DSL wireless router for $29.99 after rebates. They also are offering a SMC Wireless G. 54 mbps Cable/DSL router for $69.99 after rebates. Which would be the best buy for the long pull?
     
  2. JohnWill

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    If you go wireless, you'll see a large difference in local network speed between the 11mb 802.11b and 54mb 802.11g wireless connections. OTOH, you won't see any difference in Internet sharing speed, wired or wireless.
     
  3. cwilmot

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    johnwill, Thanks for your prompt response. Being a newcomer to networking, I'm a little, or a lot, confused. Are you saying that there would be a significant difference in speed in sharing programs on each computer with each other? I already have NIC cards in both computers. Would there be any advantage in going wireless over just purchasing a cross-over cable and tying the 2 computers together, which would be slightly cheaper? The 2 computers are very close together physically ( a 7-10 foot cable would suffice). Would a cross-over connection actually be faster than a wireless one? I heard something to that effect. Finally, if I were to go the wireless route, what else, if anything, do I need in each computer since, I assume, that the NIC card is useful only in a cross-over, direct connection? Lots of questions in one paragraph. TIA. cwilmot
     
  4. JohnWill

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    This is a no-brainer, buy the $5 cable! The only reason to use wireless is if wired access would be a problem, such as a remote area in the house, portable features like a laptop, etc. I have wired and wireless, but the only thing that uses the wireless is my laptop when I sit in the kitchen and use it. :)
     
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