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October 25, 2007 12:01:22 AM

well i currently have two desktop computers that will need to be able to go online at the same time, and i was wondering if i should get a wireless or wired router, i will ocassionally have friends bringing their laptops over so they can use wireless. but they will also be able to just use an ethernet cord. so i was wondering which router is best to have since all comps will be able to use a wired router, but it is more expensive for some reason and i want to no which has more speed transfer also

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October 25, 2007 6:55:02 PM

Wireless G gives up to 54 Mbs. Ethernet can give up to 1Gbs. There are pro's and con's for each, and only you can decide what is the best fit for your needs:

With a wired system, you're restricted to be within the wire's length of the router. Alternatively you can wire you're entire house and have various Ethernet outlets around the house, but this'll cost a bit of money. You can get Gigabit Ethernet though, but this is only as good as the NIC's it is attached to. (e.g. You're not going to get Gigabit speeds on 10/100 cards.) You also get a bit more security, a plus if you transfer sensitive information.

Wireless. Less restricted by range, but a lower throughput than Ethernet. Speed degrades as signal strength decreases and distance from the router increases. So, if you're 60 ft. from the router and you're at 40% signal strength, you're certainly not going to get the full 54Mbs from wireless G. You have less security with wireless, but as long as you don't use WEP (use WPA or Radius instead) I wouldn't worry to much.
October 26, 2007 3:38:38 AM

well i wont have a problem with range, and both my systems are 10/100 so i no i shouldnt get gigabit ethernet. so i'm just wondering which would be cheaper, will wired still be better than wireless even if the wired isnt gigabit? ive seen wireless for a lot cheaper than wired, but id like to no which has better connection, also does brand matter much?
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October 26, 2007 10:54:07 AM

I think a wired connection is much better then wireless. The best brand is the cheapest.

Grumpy
October 26, 2007 1:12:45 PM

Are you running your own cables for a wired network? If so, you'll need to read up on how to make them and what their max range is before you need a repeater. Since you don't have Gigabit cards, there is no benefit to buying a Gigabit router unless you're going to upgrade those cards first.

Wired connection is more reliable if you take proper care while wiring. (E.g. don't run wires near any microwaves, flourecent lights, anything with electro-magnetic interference) This can mess up your signal if you aren't using shielded wiring.

Wireless connection is nice because of the freedom you get, but this can also lose connection due to microwaves, etc. (My friends wireless goes out every time he microwaves something, but he does live in a tiny little apt.)
October 26, 2007 1:57:32 PM

Get a wired/wireless router so you have both. If you can get the router close enough to your PCs you can wire them up. Friends that come over can use the wireless and/or use a cable to the router.

Simple solution, really. WRT54G (wireless router with switch) runs like $60, a wired router without wireless about $40.
October 27, 2007 3:35:14 AM

yeah im able to wire the two pc's together so range wont be a problem, i just want to no which has better connections since i can use both but i will mosly use it for the two pc's only but if a wireless gives the same speed than a wired, should i just go for the wireless?
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October 27, 2007 11:00:33 AM

Wired is better. It's more reliable and faster. (100 Mbs vs. 54 Mbs).

Grumpy
October 27, 2007 9:19:31 PM

alright thanks thats all i wanted to know
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