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Windows 7: How many computers?

23 Jul 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP 1
How many computers?

I hate to ask a dumb question, but how many different computers can use a typical single-band wireless-n router at the same time?

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23 Jul 2011   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Most routers can run up to 4 PCs (wired) and 1 Wireless.

As far as how many can connect to the wirless portion, I think so long as you log in with the proper credentials, it can support multiples.
Im not entirely sure though TBH as to exactly how many the wireless part will support.
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23 Jul 2011   #3

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

Theoretically upto 254 connections. Your router would have a a setting that reads “starting IP” and “ending IP” and those are the settings that limit how many PCs can be connected to the network at the same time.

Of course whether you have DSL or cable you have a limited amount of BANDWIDTH which limits the speed of the internet connection to each computer. So, the more the number of simultaneous users you have, the slower the connection for each user.
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23 Jul 2011   #4

W7 Ult desktop, W8.1 laptop, W7 Home netbook, W8.1 tablet, Win 10 TP VM

As Bill2 said the theoretical limit is 254 but I have seen routers that limit the number of concurrent wireless connections to as few as 5. For instance, Verizon has a device they sell called a MiFi which is a combo cellular modem/router which has a limit of 5.
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23 Jul 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP 1

OK, all. Thanks. As long as I can get 2 or 3 on their wirelessly at the same time, I'd be happy.
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