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Mixing B and G with two routers

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by pookiex9, Feb 7, 2006.

  1. pookiex9

    pookiex9 Network Guru Member

    I've got a wireless network with mostly g but maybe 1 or 2 b clients. i also happen to have a WRT54G laying around (v5 piece of ****). if i run my other router (wrt54gs v.2) in "g-only" mode, then use the v5 to service the b's, would i still suffer the performance hit on the g clients that i get when i mix clients?

    or would i be better off ditching the v5 and see if i can use the money (if someone will pay for it) to get some new g nics?
  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    You would not suffer if you put the 802.11B devices on a different channel. Channels 1, 4, 8 and 11 are far enough apart and I would use a different SSID. Your can use 1, 6 and 11 also. You have to hook both routers together and go through the mechanics of a two router setup. I do thw same thing in my apartment for different security since I only have a WEP only wireless printserver. Then you are not mixing your clients, since each router serves it own set of clients. In terms of Internet bandwidth you are still spliting the internet connection if each does heavy down loading at the same time you halve the download rate, but the connection rate of the 802.11G devices should be maximumized.
  3. pookiex9

    pookiex9 Network Guru Member

    Thanks for the reply!

    Related question:
    If I have some speedbooster clients and some standard-g clients, would I similarly benefit from putting them of different routers with different channels? Linksys claims that speedbooster improves performance of standard g clients. How does this apply in the real world?
  4. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

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