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avs4ever

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I have a question: is is wireless G really any better than wireless B? I have COMCAST internet, and it never gets above 2-3 mbps. I bought a B router yesterday at Best Buy, and today my roomy got a G adapter for his PC to connect on to the router. I know it's compatable, but the dude at Best Buy told him that G was "so much better" and we should "never use a B router". Is there any truth to this? He was told that B drops the wireless connection like it's going out of style? True? False? Please help and thanks in advance!
 
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The G standard is able to provide upto 54 Megabits per second of raw bandwidth. Usable bandwidth is going to be in the 20 to 30 Mbps range.

The B standard provided 11 Mbps raw, around 5 Mbps usable. So, the G standard would give you 6 to 7 times better data throughput.

However, G will not help you surf the internet any faster since the limiting bandwidth of your broadband connection is in the 2-3 Mbps range.

Where it would help is if you were transfering data between two computers within the home network.

Regarding the "drops the wireless connection" comment, it was likely a sales ploy. G equipment is generally more expensive than B equipment, and in the given context, the statement is nearly meaningless.

-Scott
 
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