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Wireless router that won't slow down my wired connection

by delta44j / September 4, 2008 11:08 AM PDT

I have a pc (windows XP) currently hooked up to a cable modem via ethernet cord. I would like to buy a wireless router such that I can add a laptop and get on the internet wirelessly. However, I am concerned about losing speed with my pc, and figure it would be best to keep this wired (since I have no need for it to be wireless, and it does not have a wireless card). The laptop will likely have a wireless G card, and I am not that concerned with speed for the laptop. I was thinking of buying an older and cheaper Wireless G router that has wired ports. However, I notice that some routers have this 10/100 wired port and others have ethernet gigabit connections. Does this matter in my case? And if so, does that mean I have to buy one of the newer, more expensive models?

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Just one thing.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 4, 2008 11:17 AM PDT

Is your internet connection beyond 10 megabit? If so a router does slow it down.

Also the most common reason for the slowdown are setups that don't use our forum sticky or admonishments.
Bob

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Common, misunderstood concern . . .
by Coryphaeus / September 4, 2008 9:50 PM PDT

This question is asked over and over, so let's think about it.

10BaseT/100BaseT, or more commonly called 10/100 Megabits per second, is the old standard for LAN connections. All Ethernet cards of this design will run at 100 Mb/s. What is your Internet speed? If it is less than 100 Mb/s, then the router will have no effect whatsoever on your Internet speed. Gigabit is in the same category.

Enter wireless. The speeds are: B = 11 Mb/s, G = 54 Mb/s, N = ~100 Mb/s. Each of these speeds is in a perfect laboratory setup because in real life you'll never get those speeds.

What you will see is faster data transfer across your home network, but not faster Internet speeds.

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