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Old 06-13-03, 03:54 PM
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Wireless B or G

Trying to figure out whether I need B or G.

I'm using XP on a laptop. Using in a 1 story home.

Mostly check email, and d/l and u/l a 3meg file to an extranet.
And of course web browsing(required for work).

B is so much cheaper, Router and card, 100 bucks.
G is about 200.

Do I need G?

Any input would be appreciated.

Thanks.

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Old 06-13-03, 04:59 PM
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IMO, considering the price difference, G isn't worth it unless you're going to be transferring huge files (the cable connection speed isn't an issue). I'd say go with B.
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Old 06-13-03, 05:33 PM
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The max speed of most broadband connections, including T1, is 1.5 mbps. 802.11b is 11 mbps and G is 54 mbps. As you can see, either is sufficient for web browsing.

The most prevelant kinds of ethernet are 10 and 100 mbps. Most are 100, now, as it is just as cheap as 10, but there are still quite a few 10 mbps networks. (My dorm, for example. Gr...)

As has already been said, unless you are going to be transfering a bunch of large files over your network, B should be more than enough. I've tried transfering a few large files (500+ MB) using my wireless B card and it takes forEVER. (THough still faster than the internet...) Whenever I transfer large files, I always plug into my wired network.
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Old 06-13-03, 06:20 PM
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Go with B. Fairly good transfer speed if the signal strength is strong. As Shaun3000 said, if you have to do a large transfer, use the network cable instead.
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Old 06-13-03, 11:43 PM
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I went with B and have had no problems!

What I currently have on my B network:
2 computers
1 laptop
1 Dell PDA

All running at the same time and works great!
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Old 06-15-03, 08:27 PM
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I also vote for the B.
Its been flawless for me (with a Dlink 614+ router and a 650+ card). Whatever the rate happens to be, I honestly don't notice a huge speed difference while browsing on my wirelessly connected laptop. B is also more genearly used and compatable.
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Old 06-15-03, 08:53 PM
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I went with B and am extremely happy, other than the fact that all of the wireless networks work on 2.4ghz range which can cause issues when I use my 2.4ghz phone.
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Old 06-15-03, 10:22 PM
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3-months ago set up "B" in my house. LOVE it. Wish I would have done it sooner. Did all Netgear: 2 desktops w/USB adapters, 1 laptop with PC card. And main computer wired in. The kids computers (the 2 desktops) have not lost connection even once.

As mentioned "G" may be faster, but it can only transfer the data as fast as your modem can provide the info. So if you main purpose is to share internet, "B" is already 10+X faster then what you literally need. Of course as also mentioned if you are want to transfer large amounts of data wirelessly, then consider "G".

I just ordered a new Dell 600m. For about $50.00 I could have choosen a "B/G" card or choosen the included "B" card. Even tho it was a small price for the upgrade I still stuck with the "B". Used that $50.00 for a floppy drive.
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Old 06-15-03, 11:43 PM
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Also, keep in mind that G is backward-compatible with B. In other words, you can use G on a G or B network (at B speeds on a B network), but you can only use B on a B network.

(You might be able to use B on a G network, but at B speeds, although I am not sure about that.)
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Old 06-16-03, 12:51 PM
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Re: Wireless B or G

Originally posted by Barney1234

Mostly check email, and d/l and u/l a 3meg file to an extranet.
And of course web browsing(required for work).
For what you're doing, b is more than sufficient.
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Old 06-16-03, 04:48 PM
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My son (12) likes to watch the music videos and basketball highlights on his computer. No problems what so ever with the "b". Which of course makes sense since again, it can only transfer the info as fast as the cable modem can provide the info.

2.4 GHz phones do not seem to significally bother our system. My son will often talk on the cordless phone, while Instanting Chatting with other friends, while watching a music video.

The microwave does bother the conection to my laptop when my laptop is near it and the microwave is in use.
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Old 06-17-03, 09:14 AM
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Thanks for all the responses.

I'll go with B, one other question.

Do they both have the same signal range/distance?
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Old 06-17-03, 11:09 AM
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Yes, G and B do. I believe they are both farther than A. That's why G is such a big deal, because it has the speed of A and the range of B. (And it backasswards compatible with B)

Although, not all cards/WAPs/routers are made equal, just like wireless phones. Some are far more powerful than others, thus you'll get more range. Most of the consumer-grade models should be about the same, though.
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Old 06-17-03, 01:23 PM
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I have a single story 1900 SF house. Router is near the front of the house in our "office". I can take my laptop to my fence in the back yard and still get a strong enough signal to surf. (Usually read 70% quality on the gauge). Obviously that is thru several interior walls and one exterior wall. Tho once outside the signal drops quickly.
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