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Hey everyone!

Just recently got Fibre Optical Broadband, 40meg, I download at around 3.7mb/s now upload at 2mb, upgraded from AOL 30meg at 400kb/s upload at 200kb/s. The router is the new BT Home Hub, it's around £130 to buy, completely amazing capabilities, I was just wondering will I notice the difference between a wired or wireless connection?

I live with my Mum & Brother, neither of whom will let me have a 25m ethernet cable to my room, so I was thinking of getting a USB Wireless N Adapter 300mb or an internal card. My router is capable of 300mb, I'm currently hooked up to my laptop via a bridged connection, at around 56mb, I still get 31 meg via wireless, wired is a tiny bit higher 32meg.

Will a the new N Wireless adapters be more powerful compared with the latest ethernet connections?

Sorry about my questions being inside the paragraphs, I know it's harder to answer, should probably format it better haha, but it's not THAT important.

As always any input is greatly appreciated !
    
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For those speeds you don't even need the 'N' version (although usefull for sharing files over LAN), does the modem your ISP supplies you have inbuilt wireless? If so, does it even support N?

Also, I'd reccomend a internal card > usb, can't really give any good reasons, just my preference since I have a bad experiance with my USB ports
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Yeah it does, I mentioned that within the OP:


BT ADSL Home Hub 3 & Welcome Pack

At the heart of BT Total Broadband is the BT Home Hub.

Our new BT Home Hub can connect many devices around your home - with or without wires. It features smart wireless technology to ensure a strong connection, plus built-in security and intelligent power management.

Sleek new design
Simple set-up
Smart wireless - ensuring a strong connection
Wireless-N technology
Intelligent power management - automatically adjusting power usage
WPS enabled
Simple re-start switch
Built-in fireweall
WPA2 as standard (Wi-fi protected access)
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Hub 3 does not support DECT and is not compatible with BT hub phones.

BT Home Hub only works with a BT Broadband service. It cannot be used with another ISP.

Please note, the BT Home Hub 3 does not support the Broadband Talk service. There is no socket to directly connect either a Hub Phone or standard telephone to this hub so you will not be able to continue using your Broadband Talk service. However you can still connect telephones to your standard telephone sockets and use your regular telephone line.

    
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post #4 of 9
buy a powerline adapter mate... problem solved

wirless n adapters are cool as well if you get good one.. i am running a virgin media 50 meg connection and always get full signal and 5.0Mb/s + download speeds and good pings, for your reference..

when i set my pc up, downstairs and connect to router via ethernet wired I don't really see the added speed/benefit at all, much the same as my wireless dongle (of cours ei know that it is faster, just cant really tell) in terms of online gaming / downloading etc
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No, when your within 30% of the routers maximum distance, you will see no difference in speed at all as long as your computer has a nice wifi card.

When your outside that distance, or behind a few walls, you will see a gradually decreasing performance.
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Wired is and always will be superior to wireless in every way. That being said, wireless has come a long way. However, this depends on several factors:

1) How long is the signal going to have to go (router to your computer)?

2) What kind of obstacles are in the way (walls, UFO's, etc.)?

3) Is there any kind of interference on the same frequency (cordless phones)?

As it stands for me right now, my router is down one floor and over one room from my computer. I have a Wireless G router and I usually have 4 out of 5 bars for signal quality.

I'd say if you can't go wired, wireless is definitely a viable option and you won't be missing a ton. Your speed won't drop much, if at all, and you shouldn't notice any real lag, barring any major obstacles.
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For those speeds you don't even need the 'N' version (although usefull for sharing files over LAN), does the modem your ISP supplies you have inbuilt wireless? If so, does it even support N?

Also, I'd reccomend a internal card > usb, can't really give any good reasons, just my preference since I have a bad experiance with my USB ports
maybe this differs from person to person as I first went with an internal PCI wirless card and it was the worst connection ive ever had!!!!!!!! made my blood boil how inconsistent slash slow etc etc etc it was...
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No, when your within 30% of the routers maximum distance, you will see no difference in speed at all as long as your computer has a nice wifi card.

When your outside that distance, or behind a few walls, you will see a gradually decreasing performance.
I'm around 8 meters away from the router, there's two walls it has to go through. I've found netgear 300mb wireless N adapter on Amazon for £30.

The kitchen is inbetween rooms, and I am upstairs so it's at a diagonal inclinde through the floor also, I live in a bungalow, so my attic is really low, and low ceilings. I used to have trouble with my old router with signal, now it's perfect with the new router.

I know I'll get 80-100% signal where I am. My laptop is fine. I was just wondering for my desktop whether I'll notice much of a difference, and the answer is no, not really. So I thank you all for your answers, really appreciate this site, it's fantastic!

Now my only option is, which wireless device? I want USB because a network card will take up my future SLI setup ! Can't wait for that.
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My router is even advertised on this site... haha!
    
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