54Mbps or 128Mbps Router Purchase?

  darkjedimistress 11:55 01 Feb 05

Hi there, just a simple query really. Am just about to have activated Demon Internet Broadband 512 line and wanted to go for a Wireless connection.

The question is, at the current time is there any advantage to buying a 128Mbps Router Modem instead of the cheaper 54Mbps option?

My main concern is that it is double the price and wondered what kind of difference it would make?

  JaßîsFaß ˜ 12:18 03 Feb 05

I've 1M broadband and have 54 mbps wireless network operating and very happy with the speed.

  The Sack 12:53 03 Feb 05

you are unlikey to use either to its full potential. As JaßîsFaß ˜ pointed he/she is using 1/54th of what the router can do

  FelixTCat 13:18 03 Feb 05

Your 512 broadband is 512 kilobits per second, which is about 64 KBytes/sec. An 802.11g router has a rated speed of 54 MBits/sec, ie about 7 MByte/sec. In practice, after overheads you get about 1 - 2 MByte/sec, which is still 16x faster than broadband.

Doubling the speed of the router makes the wireless connecion 32x the speed of broadband. However you should note that the double speed is rarely realised in practice - about 20% faster is more likely. Unless you regularly transfer very large files wirelessly, it is not worth the money.

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