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Wireless Networking

Discussion in 'Networking' started by avs4ever, Sep 1, 2004.

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  1. avs4ever

    avs4ever Thread Starter

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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!
     
  2. 5mi11er

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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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