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Mixing Wireless B and Wireless G signals

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by amitroy5, Oct 15, 2005.

  1. amitroy5

    amitroy5 Network Guru Member

    I have a question of mixing wireless B and wireless G signals. Some people say that the speed drops down to wireless B levels. Does this only occur when Wireless G and Wireless B devices interact with each other.

    Or is it that if a Wireless B device connects to the router for the internet and a Wirless G device connects to the router, both the speeds go to Wireless B levels.
  2. 4Access

    4Access Network Guru Member

    When there are 802.11b devices on a network the g devices will suffer even if they are not communicating with the b devices. The g devices shouldn't drop all the way down to b speeds but they will take a noticeable performance hit.
  3. amitroy5

    amitroy5 Network Guru Member

    Thank you for your help. Hopefully, with Wireless-N, this will not be as much of a problem. :) Also, when Wireless-N comes out, will Wireless-B products be compatable with it?
  4. 4Access

    4Access Network Guru Member

    802.11n is backwards compatible with 802.11b which means the same symptoms will exist. You can see this review at TomsNetworking.com for an idea of how things currently fare. (Note that obviously 802.11n isn't yet standardized and performance in mixed environments can be largely dependent on how well the firmware in the router was implemented.)

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