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This is a discussion on Totally Wireless.. within the Wireless / Adapters forums, part of the Sky Broadband help category; I've only recently connected to SKYBB after many years of having a dead stable NTL home network (only main PC ...
- 05-12-06, 11:33 PM #1
I've only recently connected to SKYBB after many years of having a dead stable NTL home network (only main PC and upstairs one). cable modem to router and USB connection for the upstairs PC and via ethernet to the main PC. All 'b' type wireless gear but it was fine for my daughter's use.
Now, with ADSL, I cannot get a signal into the router from the telephone socket nearest the PC , so it's got to be plugged into the main socket in the hall and it works fine- problem is then I've got wires trailing across the living room and out into the hall- not good for marital harmony!!!
So, my question is this. Would it be ok to connect both the upstairs PC AND the main (downstairs) PC wirelessly? If I switch both USB adaptors to 'g' technology, would my speed stay good or would it not be anything like as good as via ethernet?
Bear in mind we are not taking about great distances here- the router is probably only 12-15 feet from both computers and using the old Belkin 'b' adaptor I'm getting a good signal and speed on my PC upstairs (Though I'm not able to get a connection if I attempt to use any encryption- I just get 'acquiring network address' and no connection).
If wireless would be a goer, would the usb adaptor that SKY sell be the way to go? Talking to their tech support yesterday, they made it clear they will not offer any wireless support if the SKY adaptors are not used.
- 05-12-06, 11:39 PM #2Site FounderExchange: Marshalls CrossBroadband ISP: Sky Broadband UnlimitedRouter: Sagem F@ST 2504nSky TV: Sky+HD box
The Sky USB wireless adapters are well worth it at £20.00 each and will definitely do what you want to do
Would it be ok to connect both the upstairs PC AND the main (downstairs) PC wirelessly?
If I switch both USB adaptors to 'g' technology, would my speed stay good or would it not be anything like as good as via ethernet?
- 06-12-06, 12:01 AM #3
Thanks for the quick reply.. much appreciated...I know it's impossible to put a figure on these things, but given what I've already said abouthow close the router and PC's are- would the drop off in performance/speed between ethernet and wireless be that great?
- 06-12-06, 12:06 AM #4Site FounderExchange: Marshalls CrossBroadband ISP: Sky Broadband UnlimitedRouter: Sagem F@ST 2504nSky TV: Sky+HD box
Hard to say, if you play online games, you are better off with wireless definitely, although should be adequate.
The problem with wireless for some people it just works, others a bit of messing around.
- 06-12-06, 12:12 AM #5
Cheers mate..absolutely no gaming involved..mainly it's torrent traffic which rarely maxes out the available speed anyway... I guess it's 'suck it and see'....either that or suggest to 'er indoors it would be a good time for a new carpet-so I can get under the floorboards :-)
- 06-12-06, 12:14 AM #6Exchange: Marshalls CrossBroadband ISP: Sky Broadband UnlimitedRouter: Sagem F@ST 2504nSky TV: Sky+HD box
Set it all up and if you get stuck just ask and we can help
- 16-12-06, 12:01 AM #7
OK- both my PC are now connected using the SKY(Netgear) wireless USB connections. Connections were made easily and seem pretty consistent, my daughters PC seems to be consistently on a 'very good' signal and is showing a connection between 36 and 54 mb/sec, but on mine downstairs, it rarely better that 12mb/sec and a connnection that fluctuates between 'low' and 'good'.
It's not a MAJOR problem as that is enough for sending my internet connection at good speed (My max connection speed from SKYBB is 8.5mb down 768 up), but what I've noticed is a huge slowdown when my daughter tries to access a shared file on my PC. Usually that's music, and when I was connected by wire to my router, no problem, she could playback audio files without any problems- now it takes an age just for the network to open the files in my shared folder and then it's impossible to play any multimedia files via the network.
I know all that is a bit vague, but any thoughts on what I can do
- 16-12-06, 02:51 PM #8
Following on from my message above...
I'd noticed quite speed drop on my sownloads in the last day or so so I ran a speed test and was shocked to see these figure
Speed Down 311.84 Kbps ( 0.3 Mbps )
Speed Up 641.85 Kbps ( 0.6 Mbps )
There was nothing else connected to the net when I ran this test and I ran it three times-this was the best of three very close results
So, I connected by wire again, diabled the wireless connection and tried again- I got this
Speed Down 6733.49 Kbps ( 6.6 Mbps )
Speed Up 644.41 Kbps ( 0.6 Mbps )
So clearly, I've got a pretty major is with the wireless connection which, when I did the tests, was showing as a 'very good' connection.
- 16-12-06, 03:08 PM #9
hi i have noticed that where my router is placed makes wireless good /bad [when its beside my bt main socket in living room i get lots of poor downloading and speed [think it's people traffic ie cat,dog and family moving around [at nite post 11pm it stabilises as no one is wandering about [although i dont know if people break up the signal ] try moving router up higher and see if that helps [mines sits on windowsill and i get good signal strength [10 metres away through 2 walls]but sitting on phone table it makes the signal bar drop 3 [goes to weak,from excellent