Wireless router type 'a'?

  Currantbun 00:03 28 Jun 07

I'm trying to connect my laptop to my xbox via my wireless router. Those problems aside - the tutorial recommended a type 'a' router as opposed to a type'g'. I've no idea what they're talking about! Can anyone help?

Ps, i'm very 'basic' when it comes to computers et all....

  FreeCell 09:41 28 Jun 07

This refers to the wireless transmission standards IEEE 802.11a and IEEE 802.11g. There is also an IEEE 802.11b and IEEE 802.11n just to confuse you more.

The IEEE is the Institute of Electic and Electronic Engineers and is the body responsible for setting many of the standards used by computers and electrical components. This allows different manufacturers to produce equipments that will work with those manufactured by others.

802.11a equipment uses a different frequency band (5Ghz) than 802.11g which uses 2.4Ghz.

Hope this helps.

  Si_L 11:54 28 Jun 07

To even further complicate matters, wireless G is compatible with A, but no B or N. Wireless N is best though, strong signal and range.

You shouldn't have any problems if you try connecting, the two types should work with each other.

  irishrapter 06:32 29 Jun 07

As far as I know the Xbox 360 (Which I assume you are talking about) can use 802.11 a,b and g.

As for compatibly 802.11a is not compatibly with 802.11b/g unless you have a wireless card that does all three.
The main reason being that 802.11a is on the 5Ghz band and 802.11b/g is on 2.4Ghz.

Just try setting it up in 802.11g and see what happens.


  Currantbun 18:58 29 Jun 07

Cheers guys. The xbox 360 works fine, it's just the guy on the tutorial suggested the type 'a' was the best - especially when it comes to streaming tv content - which i don't do. Is one type better than another or are they just different??

  FreeCell 21:03 29 Jun 07

By far the most common is 802.11g. It is faster than b. If that makes it "better".

  Currantbun 09:51 30 Jun 07

Thanks Freecell, this tutorial just confused me abit - which doesn't take much.

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