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Wireless or hard wired?

Discussion in 'Wireless' started by Dr Hunter, Oct 7, 2006.

  1. Dr Hunter

    Dr Hunter New Member

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    This may sound like a obvious question to everyone, but need some advice on whether to go wireless or hard wired :hhhmmm

    I've just signed up to Sky broadband connect (rest of Sky packages not avaliable in my area yet) and will be activated this wednesday.:cheers

    The question is I have been given a (free) D-link Airplus DWL-520+ wireless card which runs on 802.11b format. Technically these are rated at 11Mbps but according to http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/wireless/2003/08/08/wireless_throughput.html the speed is more like 5.6Mbps.

    Broadbandchecker.co.uk states that my line should support 8Mbps and Sky connect apparently offers 8Mbps.

    Question? Is using this card going to limit my speed, assuming I can get the 8Mbps or am I better going hard wired. (or even upgrading to 802.11g (although this will cost me))

    Any help on this matter would be greatly appreciated.

    Cheers
    Dave

    points to note.
    1. the phone line point is in same room as PC so wont have any walls to block signal.
    2. the phone is digital wireless but can be moved if this affects signal.
    3. I DONT want unsightly wires trailing around room anymore.
     
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  2. Sparky
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    Best to go wireless then, perhaps upgrade your wireless card to support 802.11g though. 8)
     
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  3. Dr Hunter

    Dr Hunter New Member

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    Thanks for the reply.

    And....

    Apologies, I feel this post should be in the previous forum.
    Sorry!!

    Still new to this.:dunce
     
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  4. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    Thread moved! :biggrin
     
  5. Dr Hunter

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    Thanks....:thumbleft
     
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  6. Boycie
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    Doc,

    Just something to consider; most of the on-line checkers are only a rough guide when it mentions speed. Distance from the exchange and noise on the line are the two main factors (DSL).

    As for the wireless speeds, b or g will not throttle your web experience because they are greater than the DSL/cable speed. If you are going to transfer files wirelessly, then yes, the faster the better.

    Si
     
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  7. hbroomhall

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    IMHO - wired - every time.

    Mostly because of safety.

    You should otherwise use the Sky router. This comes with encryption switched on. However - I still recomend using wires!

    Harry.
     
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  8. Bluerinse
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    So you see there are pros and cons.

    You can never beat the stability, speed and security of wired.

    You cannot beat the freedom and pure pose-ability of wireless.

    Personally I would recommend that if you are studying or considering getting into IT, you should give both a whirl and make your own mind up on which one you prefer.

    Do some serious reading on wireless security or lack thereof.
     
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