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Posted: 8/12/2007 6:55:42 PM EDT
Should I go with wireless g (maybe with speesbooster?) or is wireless n ready for mainstream usage?

Last I heard it's still in draft form and kinda iffy?

What does everyone else here use?

I want to hookup 1 wired comp and 1 wireless comp.
Link Posted: 8/12/2007 7:32:35 PM EDT
I actually reccomend 802.11a, far less interference as it uses different frequencies than b/g/n. Equipment generally has a shorter range however and you may need to access points to completely cover a large house.
Link Posted: 8/12/2007 7:57:10 PM EDT
What is the distance? I have less than 50ft to go. But have 2 walls to go through.

Would a cut it?
Link Posted: 8/12/2007 8:00:53 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/12/2007 8:01:08 PM EDT by twonami]
I believe the N routers are backwards capatable with the other standards
Link Posted: 8/12/2007 8:03:37 PM EDT
N will be more future-proof. G is cheaper and more widely supported. Anything like speedboost or MIMO or whatever is likely to only work with that manufacturer's gear; this is OK if you're buying everything all at once.
Link Posted: 8/12/2007 8:04:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/12/2007 8:06:00 PM EDT by Rowgan]
Would this be a good product for me?


Router
Link Posted: 8/12/2007 8:22:55 PM EDT
Unless it's a laptop, run cable.

I've done wireless and upgraded and changed and fixed. It's still not as good or secure as jsut running a wire.
Link Posted: 8/12/2007 8:29:12 PM EDT

Originally Posted By NAM:
Unless it's a laptop, run cable.

I've done wireless and upgraded and changed and fixed. It's still not as good or secure as jsut running a wire.


Can't. I rent. Landlord won't let me run cable. Plus, I want to add wireless cameras someday.
Link Posted: 8/12/2007 8:37:28 PM EDT
I'll go out on a limb and assume you mean wireless security cameras. be aware that most of them don't use 802.11 anything; they use non-standard protocols.

yes, the product you linked to looks line an ok one.
Link Posted: 8/12/2007 8:57:00 PM EDT
Run it around the baseboards.

Get creative.

I have never owned a house....yet.

If you are set on wireless, the biggest thing i can stress is security. Make sure you secure that thing. The last thing you need is some wardriver downloading kiddie porn from your AP.
Link Posted: 8/12/2007 9:27:32 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/12/2007 9:30:19 PM EDT by Rowgan]
Security is one thing I'm prepared for. I'm going to do all I can to secure my network.

One more thing, shoud I use a PCI NIC card or USB NIC?

If I use PCI, won't the card antenna be to low to the ground or is there no difference?

If I use USB, I can put the device on top of my desk and maybe has less interference?
Link Posted: 8/12/2007 9:31:30 PM EDT
I would not suggest any N series equipment just yet. The RFC hasn't been finalized and things could change for the protocol. Granted you could get lucky and a firmware upgrade would solve any issues, but then again....

Link Posted: 8/12/2007 10:56:15 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Rowgan:
One more thing, shoud I use a PCI NIC card or USB NIC?


Most of the PCI cards have a "rubber ducky" type antenna that attaches via an L-shaped connector. There are lots of cables that allow you to put this antenna anywhere you want.

You should really wander to your nearest superstore and look at the selection. I think you're overthinking the process; wireless setup has gotten much easier over the last few years.
Link Posted: 8/13/2007 7:12:44 AM EDT

Originally Posted By packingXDs:
I would not suggest any N series equipment just yet. The RFC hasn't been finalized and things could change for the protocol. Granted you could get lucky and a firmware upgrade would solve any issues, but then again....



i disagree i WOULD buy the N equipment. i just bought a wpc300n (for my laptop) i am getting full speed downloads in areas i couldn't before with my B card(less than 50% signal). this is while using a wrt54g v1 router. i could only imagine what the N routers could do

if you register the card online they will email you when the firmware releases are available.
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