Max # of simultaneous wireless clients

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by NolanWNET, Apr 6, 2006.

  1. NolanWNET

    NolanWNET Network Guru Member

    Does anyone knows what is the max # of wireless client connected simultaneously to a wrt54g? And what about the WAP54?

    Would a 3rd party firmware allow more than a stock FW?
  2. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    Connected doing what? Sporadically checking email or refreshing web pages, or ..........

    Example, 2 or 3 WiFi clients doing heavy traffic can swamp an AP. Sure you can still use it. But it's a shared medium so impact will become noticable very quickly.
  3. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

    yes but a wrt54g can handle up to about 256 ip..
    i have had up to 30 clents connected at once...n no real lag....
    they were streaming media/browsing
  4. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    Streaming video/audio is surprisingly low impact.

    As I said, it's like asking

    "If I bought a truck, how much could I carry in it?"

    Well what are you trying to carry? Strawberries? Watermelons? Pianos?

    I've seen classrooms with 30-40 people in them where a single AP was clearly not enough capacity. Especially if there's an active 802.11b client radio dragging down the speeds.
  5. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    the problem is the bandwidth, if you are transmitting at 54g (Approx 22Mbps) this is SHARED bandwidth. so more clients less speed they have each. this is fine for a hotspot, however if you are using this as means of internal lan, the lan maybe slow using just one access point with more than 10 clients or so all accessing the lan at the same time.
  6. NolanWNET

    NolanWNET Network Guru Member

    I understand that the bandwidth will be shared, but what I was wondering was if the AP has a limit for the # of wifi connections regardless of what each client is doing.

    Has anyone tried more than 30 clients at the same time??
  7. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    perhaps checking out the specs of the broadcom chipset for the wireless chip would maybe show a maximum wireless client amount, i dunno but it maybe worth a try.
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