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Transmission Rate option in firmware, what does it do?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by Esquire, Jun 24, 2004.

  1. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    If you go to Advanced settings in the Wireless section of the firmware, there is a Transmission Rate option. By default, this is set to AUTO, but what is the effect of changing its setting? The router's online help isn't very clear on this.

    Let's assume I have a G client that usually connects at (say) 24Mbps at best, due to distance, interference, obstacles along the way. What would happen if I changed this from AUTO to 54Mbps in the router? Will the client be forced to connect at 54Mbps, or will it simply fail to connect because the speed is not achievable?
  2. Michiel

    Michiel Network Guru Member

    I have the same.. When I manually set it to 24 or 36mbps, does it have a better performance (distance etc) than when I select auto ?

    I have a WAG54G, but these options are the same :)
  3. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    I have been testing it on my WLAN using 54Mbps and it doesn't appear to make a difference. The reported connection speeds stays the same (at 24M).

    Here is what the online help says about the AUTO setting.
    "The rate of data transmission should be set depending on the speed of your wireless network. You can select from a range of transmission speeds, or keep the default setting, Auto, to have the Router automatically use the fastest possible data rate and enable the Auto-Fallback feature. Auto-Fallback will negotiate the best possible connection speed between the Router and a wireless client."

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