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    wireless vs. wired speeds ?

    a friend at work has 1 desktop and 1 laptop, right now he has a wired router but was wondering if a wireless router is any slower. he is on road runner cable, any advice i can forward to him would be appreciated.
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    To answer correctly, wireless is slower than wired. Most routers have a built in 4 port 10/100 switch, and just about all computers these days have 100 meg NIC's ....so that being the case, the network is running at 100 megs, although the WAN port of routers is 10 megs, and the actual cable or DSL connection is most likely 1.5 megs or less...some people are lucky and get 3 or 4, a few rare ones have very high speed....6 or so.

    Wireless...two common types right now. The earlier, more common, and less expensive type "B" wireless is rated at up to 11 megs....but in real world performance, get around 3 - 5 megs. So yes slower than the wired network when working internally in the network...say file transfers between computers....but still higher than the actual internet connection. A newer, faster, and more expensive type "A" wireless has come out....up to 54 megs....around 15 - 20 in the real world....slower than wired fast ethernet...but again, the broadband connection is the real bottleneck. Now routers are coming out in both A and B types.

    Really what you have to look at...is what is he going to use the network for....just internet? Perhaps a few transfers of small files? Once in a rare blue moon transfer a larger file....so what if it takes a minute longer. Then wireless will be fine. For some people who work with huge video or sound files....then wireless may be tough for them.
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    thanks for the clear advice, will pass it on
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