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A question about routers

Discussion in 'Recording' started by lambchop, Oct 10, 2003.

  1. lambchop

    lambchop Active Member

    I know this isn't directly related to DAW's, but I was wondering. I'm finally going braodband and I began to think. Would the transfer rate be better on a wired router than a wireless? It seems that a wireless router's transfer rate would ultimately be restricted by the wireless receiver that attaches to the PC. I've seen the wireless routers listed at 52mps, but the receivers listed at only 5 or 11mps. Am I on the right track here?
     
  2. mjones4th

    mjones4th Active Member

    you are on the right track.

    802.11b wireless devices are limited to 11Mb/s
    That's mega-bits, not mega-bytes. So 11 Mbits is about 1.4 MBytes.

    802.11g wireless devices can do 54 Mb/s. Which is a touch less than 8 MBytes per second.

    Of course all this depends on proximity of the devices, electromagnetic interference, etc.

    Now 802.11g is backwards compatible with 802.11b, but inserting a slower device slows the entire network.

    OTOH, wired routers are capable of 100MBbit speeds, or 12.5 MBytes/sec. In addition, you have less interference and proximity issues, although long cable runs can be troublesome if they're faulty cables.

    A good solution for you: get a wireless router with hardwired ports built in, like this one: http://www.linksys.com/products/product.asp?grid=33&scid=35&prid=577

    capiche?

    mitz
     
  3. lambchop

    lambchop Active Member

    Thanks! I'm glad to know that I wasn't screwy. I'm definately going to check out the combination wireless/wired router. I have 4 computers that can go online and they're all over my house. I'll be picking them up when I get back from my business trip next week.
     
  4. mjones4th

    mjones4th Active Member

    Glad I could help! Can I have you over for dinner?
     
  5. bgavin

    bgavin Guest

    D-Link wired/wireless routers will hit about 22mbps max on the wireless link. I just finished upgrading the software for a client who owns one of these. Note there are 3 major revs of the drivers for this... so stay current.

    Hardwired beats wireless hands down. It is also a whole lot easier to troubleshoot.

    The real advantage to a router is getting away from the crappy PPPoE, or PPPoA emulation software used by so many broadband vendors. This software is a poor substitute for a router, and much slower.
     
  6. mjones4th

    mjones4th Active Member

    Yeah wired is always better than wireless, but not always practical.

    So the DLink router you speak of, is it a g, or one of those new 22mb b's? What sort of conditions are we speaking about here?

    Yeah I hate PPP tunneling. I just moved and switched to cable broadbans from verizon dsl. Night and day. My broadband comes in as DHCP TCP/IP, and I love it!
     
  7. lambchop

    lambchop Active Member

    Oooh! There's another thing I should mention. I'm going to be going DSL as opposed to cable. Does it still make sense to go the wired route? It seems that it should.
     
  8. mjones4th

    mjones4th Active Member

    yes, no matter what type of service you have coming into the house, the best way to distribute it once it gets into the house is wired

    mitz.
     
  9. lambchop

    lambchop Active Member

    Thanks for the answer, mitz!

    I basically felt the same way but just wanted to see if anyone else had any good arguments.
     
  10. mjones4th

    mjones4th Active Member

    not a problem lambchop!
     

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