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Wireless Router Question

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 9, 2009, 10:11 AM


I have a tech question!

I'm buying a D-Link gaming router that I'm going to hardwire to my Mac and 360. But I have another computer in the house I need to connect that I can't hardwire, which is why I'm getting a wireless router. That computer is not set up for wireless so I'll have to buy an adapter for it. Can I buy any wireless adapter for that computer or do I have to buy a specific D-Link adapter?

I'm hopelessly clueless about anything network related so any advice would be appreciated!!!!

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CoreyByas Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
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Retoucher07030 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exactly.
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FuryofaSeraph Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
the brand doesn't matter - what matters is the 802.11 standard. You might've heard of something like 802.11B or A. There's also G and N. Last I heard, 802.11N has been standardized. Most routers and cards these days are G which actually will run with A and B. 802.11N routers and cards will usually work with G, N, A, and B. A/B is pretty much outmoded now. G is ubiquitous, and N is up and coming.
In an uneven pair (an N router with a G card) will usually run but at the speed/range of the lower of the two.

My recommendation? Get an 802.11N card and router if you can manage it, but don't sweat if you decide to get an 802.11G pair.

Oh, there were some "N" variations that came about before it was completely standardized (called 802.11 Draft-N for example) They shouldn't be common nowadays unless you get a router secondhand. If you do get a Draft-N you might run in to problems, but it could be fixable with a firmware upgrade.
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Retoucher07030 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Oy, it's all so confusing :lmao: !!!! But the G and N compatibility makes sense. I'm getting this router: [link] , so here's a D-Link N adapter that should work, right? [link]
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FuryofaSeraph Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
Yup, those two will work. That router cannot supply the Draft2.0-N that the adapter can take, but thats okay. If you are in an area that CAN supply Draft2.0-N then you will get increased bandwidth and range.
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Retoucher07030 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool and thanks!!! This is for a home network, so no laptops are involved which means it will all stay in one area.
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FuryofaSeraph Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
In that case, getting an N-card and a G-router is a waste of an N-card. Getting an N-router would maximize the potential of the card - getting a G-card might save you some money, though.
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Retoucher07030 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
See, now it'd be really helpful if they'd list the networking equipment by categories like home, laptop, etc... Because if you didn't tell me that I never would have known!
People who understand networking don't understand how frigging confusing it is for the rest of us!
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FuryofaSeraph Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009
I did go through 2 years of cisco training - but that isn't where I picked up wireless networking stuff. This is the exact reason why I miss TechTV - they did a really good job of educating people about technology.
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Retoucher07030 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I loved Tech TV! They use to do Photoshop segments too.

As much as I loath my cable company, Cablevision... I do have to give them credit for being helpful with the networking stuff. They actually have video tutorials on how to set up a home network that are easy to understand.
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