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Data Transfer Speed

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by WilliamP, Sep 3, 2007.

  1. WilliamP

    WilliamP LI Guru Member

    I just bought a WRT54G Ver 8 and right now it is working fine for me. I just want to access the internet ,be safe behind a router and stay connected. The only thing is the data transfer speed. What router would be the fastest in data transfer? My range is fine. I have one computer wired and one wireless. Thank you for the help.
     
  2. frenchy2k1

    frenchy2k1 LI Guru Member

    Where do you want to transfer data from/to?

    If you are talking LAN, then wired will be 100Mbps on those routers at most.Wireless is 54Mbps specifications and about half of that as real transfer max.

    If you are talking about internet connection, your ISP/plan will define your maximum transfer and it is usually much smaller than what the router can transfer (most DSL/cable are ~6Mbps download).
     
  3. WilliamP

    WilliamP LI Guru Member

    Hi frenchy. I was talking wired and wireless. I have two computers. One is wired to the router and the other is wireless.
     
  4. frenchy2k1

    frenchy2k1 LI Guru Member

    The bottleneck will be the wireless computer.
    For file transfers through windows, expect up to 2-3MB/s maximum, 1MB/s min.

    Remember also that the wireless networks are shared, so if you have neighbors with wireless on the same channel, your speed will drop.
     
  5. WilliamP

    WilliamP LI Guru Member

    I'm just talking internet downloads. I don't do any computer to computer transfers.
     
  6. frenchy2k1

    frenchy2k1 LI Guru Member

    then your bottleneck will be your internet connection usually.
    Depending on where you are located, internet speed varies.
    In the US, most connections are 6Mbps (cable) down to 1.5Mbps (basic DSL). Your router should be able to pass that easily to either of your computers.

    try a bandwidth test to see how fast you can transfer and how it relates to the connection you pay for.
    www.speedtest.net/
     
  7. WilliamP

    WilliamP LI Guru Member

    My download speed is 1596 kb/s and my upload is 253 kb/s. I am on BellSouth DSL. So where does the 54mbs and 108 mbs come from? What does that represent?
     
  8. frenchy2k1

    frenchy2k1 LI Guru Member

    so, 1.5Mbps and 256kbps. This is probably what you should get from your DSL line.

    The 54/108Mbps are the specifications for what the wireless can carry or, said differently, how fast the data can be transmitted between 2 wireless devices. This is only useful if you try to transmit a lot of data through 2 devices. Examples of wireless connections are:
    - from your router (WRT54G) to your computer: internet traffic
    - between 2 computers on your network: sharing files
    - between a computer on your network and a wireless appliance: streaming movies from your computer to your xbox360

    So, in your case, if all you do is connect to your DSL through your router wirelessly, this bandwidth (54 or 108Mb/s) will never been used as your DSL cannot deliver such traffic. Just know that your wireless network is not the one limiting your access and enjoy the freedom of moving around while connected.
     
  9. WilliamP

    WilliamP LI Guru Member

    Thank you Frenchy. I am a newbe when it comes to this stuff. I have been using routers for a long time but really knew nothing about them. I had to replace a dead D-Link wireless. Went to Best Buy and got a Linksys WRT54G Ver 8. Then I started researching and ordered a WRT54GL. Don't know if I'll go with a third party firmware upgrade. I'm still researching that.
     

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