Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by NCS, Oct 15, 2007.
if i buy a laptop with wireless N, will it connect to wireless b/g networks/routers?
You can't buy a laptop with 802.11n; it hasn't been released yet. All you can buy is hardware that will (so they claim) be compatible with 802.11n when it finally comes out.
yeah, draft N. meaning it isn't the official hardware. however it should work with N when it comes out and if it doesn't, they will probably release a firmware upgrade
That's what I'm hoping for at least. And no, I did not pay 1400 dollars for that laptop.
There's a good chance that draft-n, although firmware will be available, will not be 100% identical to true-n hardware. It is speculated that performance will not match. I recommend waiting till the spec is proper. For the time being, get the Intel wireless ABG card so it's "Centrino".
It's not like you can't just pop out the wireless card and replace it with a real 802.11n card when they finally get released. For my part, if I'm going to have to replace it either way, I'd rather get a cheaper, older card than a more expensive, newer card.
I still use 802.11g. I don't see the fuss over anything else. 802.11g was a HUGE improvement over 802.11b. I have tried the various pre-N (Netgear 108Mbps and Linksys 125Mbps) and draft-N products and I am simply not impressed. None of them are a viable replacement for a hard-wired connection for lots of data-xfer.
So I continue using my existing method of 802.11g for convienence, and 802.3 for high-performance data transfer.
And I don't understand the "range" argument. I have 2.75 acres and I get good signal throughout my home and all around my property. I am having a new workshop built at the far-end of the property, so that raises somewhat of a concern, but I may address that with a simple fiber connection and transceiver.
You're having a workshop built for you? Hmmph! Some rugged-outdoorsy-type you are.
My good friend is a general contractor. He's taking care of permits, running water, electricity, etc. I'll take care of pulling the fiber, and I'll help him build it. But there's certain things I do need him to do to stay legal.
And when a professional offers to do all this for you for nothing other than dinner (which I would pay for anyway) and cost of materials then I'll take them up on the offer. I have better things to occupy my time then trying to learn the building code.
Running water in a workshop?! Pshaw!
yep. It's going to have a sink and faucet inside, as well as hose attachment on the outside.
Oh, so it's a house.
What the hell are you going to be working on in that workshop that you need running water, heat, and fiber cable? WMDs?
I have a table saw, mitre saw, drill press, etc. I have been doing more and more hands-on stuff that requires space to work. I am moving it all out of the garage and into it's own workshop.