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Standard User ARD
(knowledge is power) Mon 19-Sep-11 15:07:50
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VM Speed: Wired vs Wireless Query


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Yet again, BT issues are pushing me towards Virgin Media.

One of the things that has put me off a move to cable before now is that when I had Cable & Wireless/NTL for telephone and TV the installation was under the front garden and into the sitting room—where I never work. For most of the time, I work at the back of the house, separated from the aforesaid sitting room by an inside wall or a walk through one door, out of the kitchen door, a long a short hallway and into the sitting room.

My ADSL router is situated at the master BT phone socket, enabling me to work wired or wireless. A cable router set up in the sitting room would leave me 100% dependent upon wireless.

To what extent do current VM customers find a wireless connection reduces speed from the full 30 or 50 M? Would my insisting on a site survey before I go ahead be advisable?

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Standard User GMAN98
(committed) Mon 19-Sep-11 15:10:40
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Re: VM Speed: Wired vs Wireless Query


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You could use homeplugs instead, the high end ones will get you better speeds than wireless
Standard User ARD
(knowledge is power) Mon 19-Sep-11 15:50:17
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Re: VM Speed: Wired vs Wireless Query


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A change from ADSL to cable is a big enough step at the moment. Are you saying that wireless speeds are likely to be much lower than wired speeds?


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Standard User GMAN98
(committed) Mon 19-Sep-11 16:05:26
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Re: VM Speed: Wired vs Wireless Query


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Until the last few years wireless speeds weren't much of an issue as your Internet connection was generally the slowest link.

But now we have Virgin's 50/100Mbps connections and FTTC the Internet speeds aren't always the slowest link.

Using Wireless G you certainly won't get the best out of Virgin's higher packages or FTTC. Wireless N should see you getting better speeds but it depends on distance/obstructions and the wireless card vs the wireless router (matching vendors is usually best)

Which is why I say using homeplugs is second best to running an actual Cat5e/Cat6 cable
Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Mon 19-Sep-11 17:11:30
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Re: VM Speed: Wired vs Wireless Query


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Basically G at best with perfect signal and ideal hardware gives you 25Mbps, more often closer to 20Mbps and I've seen plenty test lower than that.

So yes, and all N network if want to get best from 50 and 100Meg services, and even then a wall or two will cause issues.

Andrew Ferguson, andrew@thinkbroadband.com
www.thinkbroadband.com - formerly known as ADSLguide.org.uk
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Standard User GMAN98
(committed) Mon 19-Sep-11 17:56:39
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Yep, G is half duplex so even if your sat on the router you loose have the touted 54Mbps straight off
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