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Windows 7: NooB wireless question?

30 Dec 2010   #1

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NooB wireless question?

I currently have a G wireless adapter card which seems to max out at 20Mbs even though I have 50Mbs broadband, and the router is only 2 meters away from the card.

I have been looking at buying an N wireless card as they say they have a capacity of 300Mbs, but the card I currently have says it has 54Mbs. Now I presume that the reason my current card isn't getting anywhere near the 54Mbs is because of all the other traffic on the 2.4Ghz, but will the N wireless router allow me to use my full 50Mbs broadband wirelesly?

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30 Dec 2010   #2

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Have you tried switching channels? Are you using WPA(2) encryption?
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31 Dec 2010   #3

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BomberAF View Post
I currently have a G wireless adapter card which seems to max out at 20Mbs even though I have 50Mbs broadband, and the router is only 2 meters away from the card.

I have been looking at buying an N wireless card as they say they have a capacity of 300Mbs, but the card I currently have says it has 54Mbs. Now I presume that the reason my current card isn't getting anywhere near the 54Mbs is because of all the other traffic on the 2.4Ghz, but will the N wireless router allow me to use my full 50Mbs broadband wirelesly?
IIRC, 300mb is a theoretical maximum. You will never actually achieve 300mb.

I have had several n-series routers, and they typically run at 40mbs (we don't have a lot of dependency on wireless, so I've not actually tried to get better than that). You have to make several adjustments to your router to configure it for 300mb. I currently have a D-Link DIR 655, and apart from having limited ACL functionality is has worked well for me.

The settings are brand and model specific. I guess you can expect better performance than a G-Series router, though. I'm told one of the key benefits of the N-Series routers is the "range" for which you can get a signal. I can get a good 80% signal at 35-40 feet, whereas with my G-series I have a few years ago I had about 17 - 20%.
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31 Dec 2010   #4

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Since found at that it is 300Mbs half duplex which mean that the bandwidth is split between the up and download i.e. 150 up and 150 down. I have been told that with an N router that is 300Mbs you should be able to get about 130 Mbs download.

I have ordered a Linksys WMP 600 N Wireless-N Dual Band Adapter Dual-Band; Wireless-N; PCI.

This seems to be a good adapter but how do you tweek them to get the best out of them?
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31 Dec 2010   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BomberAF View Post
Since found at that it is 300Mbs half duplex which mean that the bandwidth is split between the up and download i.e. 150 up and 150 down. I have been told that with an N router that is 300Mbs you should be able to get about 130 Mbs download.

I have ordered a Linksys WMP 600 N Wireless-N Dual Band Adapter Dual-Band; Wireless-N; PCI.

This seems to be a good adapter but how do you tweek them to get the best out of them?
I've tested the actual transfer rate with my 300Mbps connection and had 175Mpbs max with average being a bit lower. With this connection I can stream HD movies with no problems at all. That is using my D-link DAP1522 which has 2.4 or 5GHz spectrums, set up as an access point.

If your talking about getting the most bandwidth from your router or AP you can use channel bonding to get a bit more.

It's turned on by choosing the 20-40 channel width rather than just 20Mhz channel width. The link below explains how channel bonding works. Channel selection is the important part as the link below describes the process and how it works.

Wireless Networking — What is channel bonding?


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