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Here's one of those Newbie Network questions!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Chuck K8CPA, Jun 12, 2008.

  1. Chuck K8CPA

    Chuck K8CPA Addicted to LI Member

    I have a question, I picked up a Linksys WRT160N.

    It has 4 wired ports...

    My question how many Wifi devices can connect to this thing? or how many laptops with Wifi can connect at one time?

    and also... this thing didn't come with a "Owners Manual". just a quick set up guide and set up guide. I'm a Ham Operator, I'm used to reading tech specs... what can I do?

    -Chuck
     
  2. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    Read the tech specs.... by searching the web for little bits of info here and there... ;) If you want to get into it, start off by reading http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEEE_802.11 and references contained there-in.

    I don't know what the ultimate maximum number of clients is, but I would guess it's around 250 per access point (AP). However, this is like packet radio, so bandwidth is shared by all connected devices - the more clients, the lower the speed.

    A laptop with a WiFi card is a wireless client, so is a desktop with a wireless card, as is a mobile phone connected via WiFi, etc. - all devices are just clients or STAtions as you'll find in the tech docs.
     
  3. Chuck K8CPA

    Chuck K8CPA Addicted to LI Member

    I see... thanks for the information.. :biggrin:
     
  4. fyellin

    fyellin LI Guru Member

    Simply Googling "maximum clients access point", I'm seeing claims that
    • default linksys firmware maxes out at 32
    • dd-wrt maxes out at 128, but no one dares actually do that
    I haven't seen any numbers for Tomato
     

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