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How does the wireless range of 54g compare to 802.11b and 802.11a?

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The range of 54g products is the same as 802.11b. They both operate in the same 2.4GHz frequency. Both 54g and 802.11b have better wireless range than 802.11a.

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The wifi range only works in the 2 closest rooms to the desktop computer that has Belkin 54G Gateway router. If we go to other rooms in house with laptops, the wifi no longer works. How can we improve...

There are a number of Wireless Range Extenders on the market which will suit your requirements.
They work with your existing wireless router, use Google to search for these products.

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What wireless network card to I need to use on my WLAN ?

In 1997 the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) created the first WLAN standard.

They called it 802.11 after the name of the group formed to oversee its development. this first version only supported a maximum network bandwidth of 2 Mbps today it has been improved to over 300Mbps using MIMO devices based on this first version, a comparable wired LAN on CAT5e Ethernet twisted pair cables usually is classes at a minimum of 10Mbps to a maximum speed of 100Mbps (often called 100/10Mbps)
Here is a summary of all the Wi-Fi versions and letter numbers upto the present day in 2010.

In 1999, the 802.11b specification was released for the the domestic market, supporting bandwidth up to 11 Mbps at the same time the 802.11a was released for the business market upporting bandwidth up to 54 Mbps it was much more expensive and signals had more difficulty penetrating walls and other obstructions so it was dropped.
In 2003, WLAN products supporting a newer standard called 802.11g it combines the best of both 802.11a and 802.11b it supports the same bandwidth as 802.11a of 54 Mbps (hence it is often called 54g this is the Wi-Fi standard), it uses the 2.4 Ghz frequency for greater range the 802.11g technology is backwards compatible with 802.11b, all WLAN cards will call this 802.11b/g
Some versions offer 128g which is 54g twice but only if the router will supports this doubled speed, the majority of all routers use a V.90 modem which will only support 54Mbps (aka 54g).

The newest IEEE standard in the Wi-Fi category is 802.11n (called MIMO technology) . It was designed to improve on 802.11g in the amount of bandwidth supported by utilizing multiple wireless signals and using antennas instead of one, it support data rates of over 100 Mbps upto 300Mbps and also offers somewhat better range over earlier Wi-Fi standards due to its increased signal intensity. All 802.11n equipment will be backward compatible with 802.11g/b networks.


Most internal WLAN cards are plug and play on the PCI bus, however more and more version are being provided as either a USB or PCMCIA version for laptops and desktops, this version below will work with all versions 11b, 54g and 11n upto 300Mbps ( if the router that you have will suport it.

The latest technology is called Wi-MAX is designed for long-range networking spanning miles or kilometers as opposed to local area wireless networking or WLAN. The other end of the Wireless technology spectrum, that split from 802.11b is called BlueTooth and works up to a maximum distance of 10 Meters used exclusively as the standard in Mobile Phone devices like headphones and short distance inter-connection to other phones and PC's.

on Jul 21, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Whilst online my connection went off using my belkin 54g, and wont let me connect again as it says, 'The settings saved on this computer for the network do not match the requirements of the network'...Why...

That message means that your wireless security key has been changed to a different password. All you need to do is go to Network and Sharing Center > Manage Wireless Network, then delete all the listed wireless profiles there. Now click on Add > Add a Network that is in range of the computer > Choose your network and connect. Make sure to type in a correct network key. That should do it.

Apr 18, 2009 | Belkin (54G F5D7230UK4) Wireless Router

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Can you please tell me what is more reliable and better?

I'm afraid you need to clarify:
If you refer to (old) Specification 802.11 — it applies to wireless LANs and provides 1 or 2 Mbps transmission in the 2.4 GHz band using either frequency hopping spread spectrum (FHSS) or direct sequence spread spectrum (DSSS). you can compare with 802.11b (also referred to as 802.11 High Rate or Wi-Fi) — an extension to 802.11 that applies to wireless LANS and provides 11 Mbps transmission (with a fallback to 5.5, 2 and 1-Mbps) in the 2.4 GHz band. 802.11b uses only DSSS. 802.11b was a 1999 ratification to the original 802.11 standard, allowing wireless functionality comparable to Ethernet.
But as suggested by ricerz from Wikipedia:
IEEE 802.11 is a set of standards implementing by apple wireless local area network (WLAN) computer communication in the 2.4, 3.6 and 5 GHz spectrum bands. They are maintained by the IEEE LAN/MAN Standards Committee (IEEE 802).
You cannot compare 802.11 with 802-11b: 802-11b is an implementation of part of the 802.11 standard.
You can compare: 11a (using 5Gh band) with 11b (using 2.4 Gh band)
You can compare 11 b with 11g or 11n standard. and select according to environment.
As per my personal experience Industrial or hostile installation was frequently done using 802-11A (less interferences, 54 Mb bandwith) new N standard with a peak of 300 Mb is now changing the scenario.
New accessories: Boosters, external antenna, WDS protocol to bridge WLan router, and new long range Wi-Fi are continuously changing performance, results and configuration

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Cannot get drivers to install

Hi there,
You will find you LAN (BroadcomLAN driver 4.28) or (Broadcom Giga LAN driver 8.27.1) storage (Intel chip set driver) and Wireless (Broadcomm 802.11b+g wireless) or (Intel 802,11b+g Wireless LAN driver  ->drivers from here:

Plz let me know how you go

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Internet access problem with a Linksys 54g router

Try setting the default gateway on the laptop to the ip address of your ICS gateway machine. Some routers separate the wireless and LAN connections on different subnets.

Try comparing your laptops ip information with that of one of the working wired computers. You can do this by going to Start up to run and type cmd then click "ok"

At the black prompt screen type "ipconfig" without the "".

You want to compare the IP Address, Submet Mask, and Default Gateway.

If one has an ip of 192.168.1.* and the other has 192.168.0.* then the wireless and wired are on seperate networks.

If the subnet masks are something like and they are on seperate subnets. Both should be fixable by putting in the same default gateway.

For example if your ICS gateway is then set that as the default gatway on the wireless laptop. This can be done by going to start >> Control Panel >> Network Connections then right click your wireless connection and goto properties then double click on the "Internet Protocol (tcp/ip)" option. This will list all of your ip information (if its static) if its dynamic (ip gotten from router) you can still click "Use the following DNS server address" and set preffered dns to the gateway ICS ip. Or click "Advanced" and click Add under Default Gateways and add the gateway ICS ip there.

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Wireless 11a/g/n

Wireless 11a/g/n just indicates the transfer speed/format which the wireless device in question is able to operate in. There's a bit of a difference of opinion about 802.11a, but generally, you want to use G or if available 802.11N has the best performance opportunity in terms of width and speed of throughput.
Clear as mud huh?
Go with the G or N if possible.
Good luck

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All wireless products are subject to radio interference. The performance is a direct result of the operating environment. Other products that use the same frequency can drastically reduce the performance of the wireless product. Try changing the operating channel or moving the wireless Access Point.

Feb 16, 2006 | Belkin (F5D72304F5D7000) Router

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Really see 54 Mbps with 54g?

As with any wireless protocol, 54g has overhead associated with it that limits performance. While signaling data rates of up to 54 Mbps may be achieved, like most shared media (e.g. Ethernet) throughput will be significantly less. There are two scenarios for 54g performance. In an environment with only 54g clients, throughput can exceed 24 Mbps. This performance is equivalent to that of 802.11a, although 54g is usually available over a greater range. The second scenario is where 802.11b clients are present. RTS/CTS flow control must be used to allow 802.11b clients to recognize and establish communications with 802.11g access points. This leads to delays in transmission and drops peak throughput to about 10 Mbps. 54g performance is still well in excess of the maximum measured speeds of 4-5 Mbps for 802.11b. The use of RTS/CTS is important because it provides determinism to the wireless network, ensuring a minimum bandwidth for each user. Like Ethernet, 802.11 LANs normally use a ג?œcarrier sense media accessג? mechanism to signal transmission without asking for permission from the network. As the network becomes highly loaded, collisions occur more frequently and the network can become saturated with packet retransmission attempts that eventually make it impossible for any data to get through. RTS/CTS provides a more formalized flow-control mechanism that avoids this problem.

Feb 16, 2006 | Belkin (F5D72304F5D7000) Router

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What is 54g?

54g is Broadcom's maximum performance implementation of the draft specification for IEEE 802.11g wireless networks. This technology is expected to quickly become the next mainstream wireless LAN technology because it works faster and farther, is backward compatible with 802.11b and is affordable. Authorized products displaying the 54g logo use Broadcom's 54g wireless LAN chipset and ensures that products are designed to be completely interoperable at maximum performance with other 54g products and are compatible with the draft IEEE 802.11g specification.

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