[lug] OT: wiring a house for ethernet
nate at natetech.com
Mon Jun 28 12:15:47 MDT 2004
Ryan Wheaton wrote:
> Yes, we will most definitely get permission from the landlord.
> we have 802.11b right now (for laptops), but the speed difference is
> just too much. We do a lot of file transfers between computers and
> such, and I find 802.11b to be tedious when transferring files. Exactly
> how much faster is 802.11g? Still, the problem with that is that we'd
> incur a lot of cost buying a new wifi router (802.11g) and new wifi nics
> for all the workstations... The cheapest G router i've found is $55 and
> the cheapest G nics i've seen are $30 a piece. That would be about $175
> to get it in there across the board for all our workstations... If the
> speed is there, then i'd probably be completely willing to invest, but
> I'm just not really convinced.
I can only advise on what I like, but I did a mixture of 802.11g and
wired, and like the combo very much. The servers are in the basement
hooked to a 10/100 switch, and the laptops are on 802.11g. There are a
couple of older machines with 802.11b cards in them that work fine with
the Linksys 802.11g access point.
I did avoid the current trend of everyone selling 802.11g "routers" and
went hunting specifically for the Access Points only -- this allowed me
more flexibility since I run my own firewall, etc.
I have one room that's too far from the servers that needs wired
Ethernet, and I had been planning to re-use two 802.11b access points
(knowing that they'd interfere slightly with the 802.11g system) as
bridges to the basement, but one of them is a super-old Linksys version
1 AP - the V1 and V2 won't bridge to each other correctly, unfortunately.
I copied about 6 Gigs of data across the 802.11g in a couple of hours
the other night (not sure exactly how long, I started it and ignored
it). It's considerably faster than 802.11b would have been, but not as
fast as wired 100 Mb/s Ethernet. I decided the trade-off of waiting a
little longer for large file transfers was worth not pulling cable in
I like the 802.11g and your old 802.11b clients will work fine until you
upgrade them. I think you take a performance hit on the 802.11g clients
when an b client is active on the network, but I haven't measured it.
The majority of the time, the two laptops that have 802.11g are the only
machines online here on the wireless, so I don't worry about it too much.
Hopefully that helps.
Also the linuxant driver loader seems to work fine under Fedora Core 2
for using the Linksys WPC54G. I would prefer a native linux driver, but
for now, I'll survive with the loader. It seems to do everything I
need. I plan on trying it out shortly under Debian.
Nate Duehr, nate at natetech.com
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