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mbentley

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i have a question about bandwidth using a wap. i asked this in the folding irc room, but i had to go so i am not sure if anybody responded... anyway, say i have a 802.11g wap (which gives me 54mbps as my max bandwidth) if i have two computers connecting wirelessly to the wap, can they both (in theory) achieve 54 mbps or is that shared between the two?
 
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mbentley

mbentley

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DDR-PIII said:
they both should be able to have/use that amount of bandwidth each. :)

ah nifty :) i was trying to see if there would be any advantage of getting a wireless card for each computer or if i should use ics in the remote location if 54mbps was max for all the nics combined...
 

su root

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don't quote me on this, but I'm 99% sure that wireless networks share a frequency range for all of the computers connected to the WAP. So that frequency range is like a hub network, all the bandwidth is shared between everyone connected, everyone broadcasts/recieves on the same frequencies that the WAP is configured on. Unlike a hubbed network (CSMA/CD), it uses CSMA/CA, Carrier Sense Multiple Access with Collision Avoidance, so there are very rarely collisions.
 

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Well I wasn't 100% sure about what Isaid, I was just going off of what I knew about wired LAN's, but yoy know more bout networking than me so I'm with you on this one :)
 
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nerdlogic

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I'd have to agree with su root. Although wireless has it's own properties, it's very similar to wired networks, and therefore, behave a lot like them.
 
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mbentley

mbentley

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hehe i figured that su root would come in here and pull out the technical terms :D thanks for all your guy's/girl's help...

it's not like i would be doing a lot of transfers at once or anything, just my curiousity got the best of me ;)
 

su root

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.. as I said, I'm not 100% sure, but from my understanding, it's a shared medium.

I'm sure a few of you have connected to verrry slow WLANs before, where there were people on there downloading/xfering stuff, and your connection is suffered because of it.