wireless "g" vs. "b"

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  1. sm0ke

    sm0ke OT's Stargate expert.

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    I was at Fry's the other day to get a wireless router and i see two types. A Wireless-G and Wireless-B. what is the difference in these?
     
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    g=54mb per second, b=11mb per second. You will get better range with b, but less speed. They both run on the same 2.4GHz band. IMO, go with G. If you find you need more range, get a secondary antenna for the router. And please, for the love of the children, properly secure your wireless network if you do get wireless.
     
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    Mostly speed. G operates at 54 Mbps and B at 11 Mbps. Unless you will be transfering large files on your local network, B is probably fine. Your internet connection will be more of a bottleneck than your local network speed.
     
  4. sm0ke

    sm0ke OT's Stargate expert.

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    thanks guys...

    I already got the B because i happened to have a B wireless card.

    yes, i'm WEP enabled.
     
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    Should probably turn on MAC filtering in addition to WEP just to be even safer.
     
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    yes, WEP is pathetic -- not even worth running, imho.. MAC filtering is much better.

    BTW, I get much better range with G than with B.
     
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    Well actually you should've got the G...

    802.11 G is backward compatible with B, so you can use say 802.11 B wireless ethernet card with a 802.11 G router... For the minimal difference in price... I think it's not economical to get the B. (unless it's like dirt cheap)...

    Well if you change your mind, you can always exchange for the G I guess...
     
  8. sleepy71

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    Original post @ 11:40PM yesterday and this one at 12:13AM this morning. Wow, you must not have been looking for pre-purchase advice, huh?:rolleyes:
     
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    I think in most cases, you can exchange or get full refund if you get things from BestBuy
     
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    Now since G has come down in price, G should be first choice, only from an economical standpoint (more for nearly same price)..

    But the speed doesn't matter. Your internet connection won't be @ 11megs.. you don't even need 11mbps for VoIP or gaming... it's all just a marketing game.
     
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    That's based on the assumtion that you don't share file in your LAN.
     
  12. sm0ke

    sm0ke OT's Stargate expert.

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    Seeing that I already stated that I purchased the router, your assummtion is correct. I am just wondering the difference. Is that seen as "not cool"?

    The B was about half the cost of the G, also there are only 2 laptops being used w/out file sharing in a 500sqft apartment. I may move up to the G in a little while, but by that time it will most likely be obsolete ;)
     
  13. sleepy71

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    B will be sufficient for your usage. Oh, and you're probably cool. :wavey:
     
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    You should run both (or WPA with MAC filtering preferably). MAC filtering will prevent people from connecting to your router, but it won't prevent them from intercepting the signal. With encryption (WEP or WPA) on the signal, if someone intercepts it it's useless to them.
     
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    not really... I could snag some WEP packets and easily reverse the key... WEP isn't even good security.
     
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    I know, but it's better than unencrypted. WPA is supposed to be pretty good.
     
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    WLAN Security is inherently weak. But most people have nothing to worry about. Rule of 3's is reccomended. WEP can be "cracked", MAC Filtering is not perfect because MAC's can be spoofed. WPA is much better but still not fool proof. But, if it's just your home network, I doubt someone would take the time to circumvent all three security methods if you are using 3.

    Basic user is fine with MAC Filtering, WEP, and turning off Broadcasting of the SSID...
     
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    :uh: Dumbass. Did you not read his original post?

    Try reading before you start flaming.
     
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