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Linksys WPC54GX Wireless-G 32-Bit PCMCIA CardBus Adapter

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by Eugenios, Jun 18, 2005.

  1. Eugenios

    Eugenios Network Guru Member

    Does anyone have any experience with this adapter?

    Linksys WPC54GX Wireless-G 32-Bit PCMCIA CardBus Adapter w/ SRX for Laptop/Notebook Computer

    Features: High-speed Wireless-G networking for your notebook computer, now with SRX performance enhancement. New SRX technology: the farther away, the more advantage -- up to 8 times faster than standard Wireless-G (802.11g). SRX also increases wireless range by up to 3 times and reduces dead spots in coverage area. Interoperates with standard Wireless-G and Wireless-B networks.

    Is this true? Is it 8 times faster then the WPC54G card? Does it work with the WAP54G accesspoint?
     
  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    It will work, but not give increase in speed with a WAP54G. It will only give standard performance with the WAP54G. You only get a a speed increase with a WRT54GX. The speed increase will only be about twice the speed about 43 mbs versus about ablut 21 mbs measured by IPERF. If you read the reviews of present day MIMO equipment, that is what you the best you can expect, the advertisement is just hype.
     
  3. Eugenios

    Eugenios Network Guru Member

    Oh, great... more hype... just like the WPA-AES support that doesn't exist in my WPC54G buscard. It seems that the companies pouring out wireless products are looking to make a fast buck from us hi-tech suckers!

    :cry: :cry: :cry:
     
  4. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    There is better throughput and range. The question is is it worth the money. All the manufacturers have making claims about better range and thoughput and I guess if you do not make claims that match the other manufacturers, you will not be selling anything. Look ant Belkin, Netgear and their ads. Bellin is claiming eight times the coverage and six times the speed of standard G routers. Netgear is claiming ten times the range and speed. It did solve some connectivity problems and allowing me to eliminate my WRE54G. I also did not have to boost the signal with HyperWRT and the signal has been very stable. For me it was woth the money. You may be better off waiting for true 802.11N equipment.
     
  5. Eugenios

    Eugenios Network Guru Member

    I want to install a wireless solution in apartment buildings in order to give access to all apartments from a central ADSL connection. This would make internet access cheap for all in the building. Ofcourse I will need to use the best wifi available, even if the costs is high, considering that it will be split among all the apartments of the building.

    Here in Greece ADSL internet access is the most expensive in Europe! Its shouldn't be, but it is! So I want to offer a solution for the simple everyday user that doesn't need top speed but at least a decent connection.

    Mimo technology (from what I've read) is definitely the future for Wifi. Even though the standard isn't yet out, it still works! So why buy less?
     
  6. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    The problems is that 802.11N is not finalized and the MIMO and Pre-N router availabe today, may not be backward compatible with the standard, when finalized. This happened with the 802.11G standard and I understand some people where stuck with equipment that was orphaned. :cry: In addition you are not getting the full potential of 802.11N since the standard allows for more bandwidth, than the presently available routers are giving you and are not compatible across manufacturers.
     
  7. Eugenios

    Eugenios Network Guru Member

    Okay, but if one has to setup a wireless solution that will use only one manufacturer, then I don't see why I could not use the new technology now. Why wait for a year, or who knows how long, in order to setup a better solution?
     
  8. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    What is your Upstream and Down Stream speed on the ADSL coonection. You mentaion providing access to all the apartment building. How many building and how far apart are they. What are the building constructed out of. Where are you going to mount your access point(s). Will there be more than one access point?
     
  9. Eugenios

    Eugenios Network Guru Member

    ADSL will be depending on the amount of users. Either 384, 512, 1024Mbps. The apartments are all in one building. The building is made of concrete and bricks. Access points will be put on the high floors. More then one access point will be used if needed.
     
  10. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    I would suggest you start small and add access points as you you need them. The WRT54GX can be used as an access point, bu you have to disable the DHCP server, change the IP Addresses not to conflict with each other. You can have them all have the same SSID, but they should use different channels at least five channels apart. The ones you use as access points, must have the NAT feature disabled, They are coming down in price. I do not know the price in Greece, but you can find them for thirty to forty dollars off the list price on sale. MIMO equiptment is beginning to drop in price. There is some news to that effect on DSLReports website. I would suggest you use the WRT54GX, since they have better range. They do not have hacked firmware, so you cannot increase the power output as with some other Linksys routers, but I found even with the lower power output you get better wall and ceiling penetration than a WRT54G with boosted power with HyperWRT or Achemy.
     
  11. Eugenios

    Eugenios Network Guru Member

    Five channels apart? but the channels all together are less then 10 !!!

    Unless you are refering to something else...
     
  12. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    The zeu version should have channels 1-14, where as the US version has channels 1-11. Five channels apart in the US would be 1, 6, and 11.
     
  13. Eugenios

    Eugenios Network Guru Member

    Does it make a difference with the 5 channels apart. I mean, each channel is a different frequency, so what's the diffrence if they are adjacent or 5 channels apart?
     
  14. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    There is an overlap in the channels since the frequencies are not far enough apart to prevent interference, that is why it is recommended to use channels that are far apart.
     

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