When it comes to a wireless standard, the first thing we all
look at is how fast will this baby run! And you know the
trade-offs, you can spend a lot of money to get the fastest
thing running, or you can back off a little and save a lot.
The good thing about wireless networks is that the price
difference between wireless standards is almost gone. There are
some things that could add up, but I will explain the difference
and why you might want to go that route or not.
Now, let’s get to the different wireless standards you can
1. 802.11b – 11Mbit at 2.GHz 2. 802.11a – 54Mbit as 5.0GHz 3.
802.11g – 54Mbit at 2.4GHz 4. Hybrid Systems
When you get ready to purchase your equipment, you will see a
lot of systems saying that they are faster than these standards
listed above. Most will say 108Mbit per second, some 125Mbit per
second and a few even higher. To operate at these speeds usually
requires you to only use their network cards to access their
access points, some of them require a specific card from them to
get that speed. If any other card connects, then they will drop
back to the standard speed and you lose the extra speed you
probably paid extra to get.
What Should You Get
I was purchasing equipment for a completely new wireless setup.
We only had one older wireless computer and I replaced the card
in it with a new one. I did purchase a system that advertised
the 108Mbit speeds since I knew who was going to connect to it.
If you are building a new network setup, I suggest you purchase
a system that will run faster than the standard, but only if you
know who is connecting. If not, then get a system that runs on
the 802.11g standard. The price is about the same as 802.11b but
runs 5 times faster.