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Jin
12-09-04, 10:58 PM
Hey guys,

I'm getting ready to build a computer for myself to stick in my room. I want it to go on the internet, only problem is that the DSL modem is downstairs and I'm upstairs! I was using a Linksys router for the two computers that are down here, but my bro got a laptop and wanted to internet so he switched the Linksys with a Microsoft wireless router.

Now my question is, does is matter what kind of wireless network card I get so I can go on the internet? Like the router has a integrated 802.11g wireless access. Do I have to get a 802.11g network card or can it be 802.11b? I'm looking at the box right now and says that it has full compatibility with 802.11g and 802.11b Wi-Fi networks. I don't think this applies to me, but just some more info.

Another question I have is, does the manufacturerer matter? Can I use a Linksys with a the Microsoft wireless router and not feel anything or should I go with Microsoft products.

Any help is appreciated.

Thanks!

cyberskye
12-09-04, 11:48 PM
Best is to stick with apples-to-apples. I prefer same manufacturer, same speed etc. All should be compatible and the extra speed from "g" should not affect your internet connection at all - and B and G use the same freq band.;

802.11a usually has better performance. Less interference (microwaves, cordless phones - all use the 802.11b/g band) as it uses a different freq band and better penetration through walls. You will pay quite a bit more, however.

CWNA Inspired
01-05-05, 02:48 PM
802.11a is a wireless technology that uses the 5GHz UNII frequency band and the 802.11g uses the 2.4GHz ISM band, completely different bands. Equipment manufacturers have figured out how to use these technologies side by side but not together, but cyberskye is right you shoudl stick to one type of technology. Your probabaly would only give yourself grief by trying to combine the two.

Thats my 2 cents

Good Luck!

lenwest
01-16-05, 11:16 AM
I am visiting with friends who have a Belkin b wireless router. My laptop has a D-Link DWL-G630 card (g) and I have had no problems whatsoever in solid connectivity.
My computer is about 40 feet from the router. :)

YeOldeStonecat
01-16-05, 07:52 PM
I'd snag a G card. Even though on paper B and G both have the same distance limits, I've found in real life you can get a better distance with G.

I prefer keeping brands the same. Yes in theory any brand will work with any other brand as long as it's the same wireless type...but now 'n then you'll end up with some brands that just won't get along.

RMskater
01-27-05, 08:59 PM
Best is to stick with apples-to-apples. I prefer same manufacturer, same speed etc. All should be compatible and the extra speed from "g" should not affect your internet connection at all - and B and G use the same freq band.;

802.11a usually has better performance. Less interference (microwaves, cordless phones - all use the 802.11b/g band) as it uses a different freq band and better penetration through walls. You will pay quite a bit more, however.

I have had G go faster than B. Also, he can't use A if the router doesn't support it. It will be backwards compatible, but it won't take advantage of the added speed.