Posted 25 June 2011 - 04:02 AM
Posted 25 June 2011 - 11:40 AM
There are indeed 4 different wireless networking standards. They differ from each other in terms of range and speed.
To answer your question, the speed your ISP offers is in fact your "internet" speed (bandwidth). Your wireless speed is the speed of communications between your wireless device and the router. This speed is normally well above your "internet" speed meaning that it is only affecting your local network. However, if this speed were below your "internet" speed then that would obviously slow down your internet. In today's standards you should really only be using g or n for home networking.
If your having any wireless issues then post back because wireless can be affected by a lot of things but the bottom line is really the wireless speed should only affect local computers (unless you have really high speed internet like 30+ Mb). Try a speed test with a wired connection and then compare it to a wireless speed test to see: http://www.speedtest.net/
Hope this helps..
Posted 25 June 2011 - 12:02 PM
Posted 25 June 2011 - 06:18 PM
Posted 26 June 2011 - 06:55 AM
You should have really started a new thread rather than posting a question in someone else's but since its kind of related I'll answer it...
Yes you are correct, the 802.11b has a max speed of 11Mbps. If your ISP speed is only 5Mbps then your router shouldn't be slowing you down as such. However, lots of things affect the wireless speed and so you may not be getting the full 11Mbps (but I would assume your speed will still be above 5Mbps).
However, this assumes that you are only ever using the internet. You have to remember the 11Mbps is the total bandwidth offered by the router if you are exchanging files etc between computers then that will consume bandwidth. For example, if your actual router bandwidth is say 9Mbps and you are exchanging files between computers at a rate of 6Mbps then you only have 3Mbps left for the internet. So in reality there is no definite answer to your question.
My personal advice would be to upgrade from b because it is about 10 years old now and 11Mbps isn't much bandwidth for a home network. Also, what security are you using to protect your wireless network because it may no longer be secure? This is a major issue so let me know..
Hope this helps..
Posted 26 June 2011 - 02:27 PM
Thank you again for your clear and useful response.
Posted 27 June 2011 - 06:33 AM
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