Beginners Guides: Wireless home networking

Steve R Jones

Steve R Jones

Administrator
#4
It's working now:confused:

Great will be back to read up. Wireless is on my list of things to do/learn...
 
jankerson

jankerson

Super Moderator
#5
Originally posted by Steve R Jones
It's working now:confused:

Great will be back to read up. Wireless is on my list of things to do/learn...

Come on Steve I know you know everything. :D
 
Gnet_Werker

Gnet_Werker

New Member
#8
If you're looking into going wireless, probably the most important facter is usually left out; Signal Strength.

I recently played with wireless B using a home network. I found wireless had the same problems people have with phones (cell & wireless), signal can be the biggest pain.

I wish someone would add a new statistic to wireless-> premeability, so that consumers would know if the signal can go through household walls & closed doors.

I would reccomend before you go wireless, run a test using a portable phone, or the like (the higher the freq. the better). you may find out that you can get signal from the otherside of the house, but not in the room next to the base.

Also plan do do more net maint. than with a Cu net.

Or...maybe I just had a crappy wireless unit
 
pond_weed

pond_weed

New Member
#11
Can I be a pain?

Hello. Im a complete begginer to networks. I would just like to ask is it possible to have a network between computers that do not use the internet? If so then how is that done? do I still need a router?
 
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wetling

See my Sig
#12
I think it'd be best to start your own thread. But yes, you can create a LAN without Internet access.
 
serb2

serb2

New Member
#14
Wireless netowrks are a great choice for laptop owners, and people that simply dont want to run cables across their house. The only draw back is... Its not as secure, and its not as fast as a 100MB or even 1000MB wired network.

To answer the other question, Wireless B spec is not really good! It has the lowest range. and it has the lowest speed. 11MBS max. If anyone is interested in going wirleless i would recommend a either a A/G router, mostly G since its not as expenisve as A . We here at school use G and I use G. it has a 2.4GHZ range, with a whooping 54mbps transfer rate. While A has a 5.0GHZ range and same transfer.

B on the other hand has a smaller range, and only runs @ 11mbps.

Just my 2cents
 
wrathchild_67

wrathchild_67

Hidden Member
#15
If you're going to buy a wireless router, look into the Linksys WRT54GS. The firmware uses a minimal Linux kernel and the source code had to be publicly released because of this. A few people made some awesome custom firmware that adds things like QoS (essentially bandwidth throttling per port or per protocol) and even further signal booster strength. You can even assign which antenna sends and which receives. I'll be picking one of these up shortly, not because of the wireless aspect, but so I can have these features for my wired network. :D

Be wary of throughput values on the box. No wireless applicances advertised as 100, 108 or even 125Mbs can actually give that amount of throughput via a wireless connection. The best throughput I've seen is around 60Mbs (when the computer with the wireless card is within 15ft of the router) in good conditions. The average for most G devices is about 20-35Mbs.
 
serb2

serb2

New Member
#16
Spec sheet

Wireless A Spec is 5.0GHz range with 54mbps transfer rate! And that is if the signal is perfect!

Wireless G Spec is 2.4 GHz range with 54mbps transfer rate! --- // ---

Wirles B is 2.4GHz range with 11mbps maximum transfer rate!

All transfer rates are, considered on LAN, and now WAN connections, since there is hardly any connectioun outhere besides T3 or Fiber that will come close to even touching 4mbps hardly 54 or even 11.

To conclude this, if you need more technical data, I will pull it out from my information booklet. Since I install networks, and these are the specs we go by, it dosent matter which company makes the router, or supports wirless these are actuall specs for WiFi.

Anyone looking to buy Wirless equipment, i would recomend Lynksis or D-Link and nothing less than that.
 
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BigPapaPump

New Member
#17
serb2,
On those two brands, which is better for range of connection. I know it depends on the walls and materal in them, but overall what gets you further stronger range? is it based on 2.4ghz or 5ghz. what do I look for?
 
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nolio_007

New Member
#19
Wireless receivers?

Well, since I am not too much of a computer geek, and wouldn't mind acting like one. I have a laptop, and would like to know if there is such thing as like a wireless receiver, where you have that device and you can receive signals in places where you wouldn't be able to have without one (from my laptop, and not a device put into the router) ... currently i have that centrino technology, and works kinda good. And I would like to know what is the best "out there", for that thing I am trying to talk about. I've seen antenna's and stuff, but I don't know specifications and all the good things you guys know... HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!