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802.11G and 802.11B x2 @home possible?
So my current old netgear router at home is 802.11B, but I have a mix of 802.11B/G capable machines at home. Can I buy another 802.11G wireless router and put it down right next to the 802.11B wireless router without worrying about interference etc?
One device would be directly connected to the broadband modem. The other would just hang off the first device's switch port.
You wouldn't want two routers. You'd want to get a G access point and hang THAT off the B router. Cheaper and won't have as many config hurdles.
Now, why are you doing that??? The G routers that are out there can do B/G. You'd simply replace the B router with the G. Otherwise you end up with needless complexity that gives you zero extra functionality beyond getting 802.11G
there is the point that the B availability will impact the G performance, so being able to segregate the G router for G products only, will allow the B products to function normally and not impact the G performance. Now, I think this is only when B products are actively accessing the G/B router, and not just when the switch is thrown.
you also wouldn't want to have both setup as DHCP, on the same network.
correct, I tried to detail that in my post but the meaning seems to have been lost. you will have the best performace for B/G environments with a G router and a B access point. I say the later, since it would be best for ONE to be the router and another to be setup as an AP only, I would rec'd the B one. Thereby the G performance will never be affected.
G devices will say 54Mbps and won't ever show a slowdown. The network only actually slows down when B devices access it. So, if you don't have many B devices or keep 'em turned off, there's no need to worry. As for WPA vs. WEP, WPA is WiFi encryption that works. WEP is a joke. It will keep freeloaders off your network but that's about it. If someone wants in, they'll get in. I've used WPA with B/G compatible APs and routers before. The limiting factor is the WiFi client. If it can't do WPA you're hosed.
Well I don't pretend to know much about this at all - I too assumed that it would dumb down to b speeds for all connecting devices. I am basing my statement on what each device says it is connecting at.
Originally Posted by kanebear
G devices will say 54Mbps and won't ever show a slowdown. The network only actually slows down when B devices access it. So, if you don't have many B devices or keep 'em turned off, there's no need to worry.
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I bought a G router and had it set to B/G mode. I noticed my machines with G adapters were reporting the slower B speed. I reset the G router to be G-only and the machines then reported the faster G speed. Go figure. Anyways, when necessary, I can just plug the B router into the G router.