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Compatibility between Maxg, speedbooster, etc.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by whatsthedeal, Sep 9, 2006.

  1. whatsthedeal

    whatsthedeal Network Guru Member

    I know that a lot of different brands have their own names for the broadcom afterburner mode and I'd like to know if something like a USRobotics Maxg wireless adapter could connect in afterburner mode to a Linksys speedbooster router.

    Thank you
     
  2. Guyfromhe

    Guyfromhe Network Guru Member

    not likely.
     
  3. whatsthedeal

    whatsthedeal Network Guru Member

    would it even matter if the router was running dd-wrt?

    i mean afterburner is afterburner, regardless if it's linksys or USR. but i've never had an afterburner capable card so i don't know.
     
  4. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    I don't have USR equipment but it should work in theory: a friend is using a Buffalo High Speed adapter to his WRT54GS and has connected at higher than 54Mbps speeds.
     
  5. Guyfromhe

    Guyfromhe Network Guru Member

    Aren't buffalo and linksys running the same (or similar) chipsets?
    The "speedbooster" methods aren't a standard like 802.11 theres no standard code for speedbooster thats why everyone calls it something different.
    Each chipset mfgr has their own (slightly different) way of making it faster. It might work but it will be a tossup either way.
     
  6. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    While there is no standard, the Afterburner technology (125Mbps) is licensed by Broadcom, while Super-G (108Mbps) is developed and licensed by Atheros, so either implementation by a licensee should conform to the licenser's specifications and thus should be compatible.
     
  7. whatsthedeal

    whatsthedeal Network Guru Member

    exactly what i was thinking but i didn't want to waste my money on something that wouldn't work. i've found that the usr maxg components can be found for around $15 after rebate whereas the linksys speedbooster components are still $50+
     
  8. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    There is one caveat to this even if they are compatible: you'll won't get the 50% range increase claimed by MAXg.
     

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