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802.11g bandwidth - what to expect?

Discussion in 'Cisco Small Business Routers and VPN Solutions' started by swiego, Oct 17, 2007.

  1. swiego

    swiego LI Guru Member

    I have a WRVS4400N.

    I'm trying to get a handle on what kind of bandwidth I should expect for things like file transfers over 802.11g. Generally speaking, what's reasonable vs. a sign of problems?

    Example - I have a Windows Server 2003 connected to the router over gigabit ethernet, and a laptop running Vista Ultimate connected to the same over wifi 11g. Laptop is right next to the router, full signal strength and 54mbit/sec connection speed. When I copy files to/from the Server 2003 box, I get at most about 20% utilization of the 54Mbps connection which is about 10megabits/sec or maybe 1MB/second transfer.

    Is 20% the norm or best case for this kind of technology doing things like file copying across shares? Where is the other 80% going? I assume some of it is protocol inefficiency, file sharing tech inefficiency, signal strength wavering etc, but is there any way for me to know for certain?

    Usually I can do synthetic or raw tests to measure things like raw disk I/O or CPU-memory bandwidth. Any equivalents for Wifi performance?

    (Basically I'm doing a lot of data transfers between 802.11g devices so if my router, Vista, server 2003, etc is a bottleneck then I'd like to know about it.)
  2. danix71

    danix71 LI Guru Member

    802.11g wireless standard has (like 802.11b) a half duplex rate of transfer. So:

    On wiki.


    20% are not 20%, but almost 50% of what you can reach.
  3. swiego

    swiego LI Guru Member

    Ah, okay. That is reassuring, at least now I know I'm in the ballpark!

    I guess the next question is, is 10mbits over 11g reasonable / expected?

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