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Topic # 13030 19-Apr-2007 02:48
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hi all
i've recently got TelstraClear cable installed in our house (currently on 10GB plan, 4Mbps download/2Mbps upload). i've been thinking to get a wireless router so the whole family can share the new connection. we were with Telecom's Go Large with a simple wired LAN setup.

so here are my questions: it worth spending the money for a 108Mbps equipments or shall i just get the 54Mbps? i do a bit of downloading and very little games, will i fee the difference between these 2 speeds??? also are there much differences between routers purchased from overseas website than buying them locally?

appreciate your comments.


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Reply # 67649 19-Apr-2007 06:55
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Good question. Remember that wireless networks may not yeld the full advertised speed due to interference, walls and other factors. Also, not all laptops support the 108 Mbps standard, and seeing that it's not possible to replace the interal wireless device you have to check what is the current option you have for the clients.

For consistent speeds the wired option is ideal, but of course you should not be restricted to that - I am not. If I really something fast and reliably then I plug the ethernet cable on my laptop.






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  Reply # 67718 19-Apr-2007 13:45
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Unless you regularly transfer massive files between PCs at home it doesn't matter, get whatever's cheaper. If you copy 1GB+ files regularly the faster wireless might be worthwhile.




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  Reply # 67808 20-Apr-2007 00:34
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thanks for the advice. 

there is something i wish to add on. i spotted some equipment using the house electrical system as network wiring. are these equipments any good? as i can remember, using the DC or AC for network has been known for many years.  however, i don't know anyone that using these. (i heard house electrical wiring provides MASSIVE bandwidth).


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  Reply # 67819 20-Apr-2007 08:26
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I haven't heard much about using the power wiring as a network recently, but sure. Dick Smith sell kits, ascent.co.nz probably do and will have other brands.




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  Reply # 67870 20-Apr-2007 13:36
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I tried power wiring ones between the house and the garage before resorting to pulling a cat-5 out there. for something that was supposed to deliver 85 megs, I got nothing. In fact the only way they would sort of work was if plugged into the same power strip or the same outlet. Sometimes I could push some data thru if they were on the same circuit, not reliable or fast tho.

Maybe the 200 meg ones are better? No idea, seems a flawed idea and reminds me of when I tried to automate some lights using the X10 gear, but worse.






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  Reply # 67876 20-Apr-2007 15:01
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hi, there is a article on this in the lastest Aus  PC Authority Mag


http://www.pcauthority.com.au/review.aspx?CIaRID=4790 






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  Reply # 69564 4-May-2007 23:25
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wgtnbloke:
hi, there is a article on this in the lastest Aus  PC Authority Mag


http://www.pcauthority.com.au/review.aspx?CIaRID=4790 





thanks for that info.
looks like i'll get the normal gear, just to be on the safe.

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  Reply # 69653 5-May-2007 22:44
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Im currently using one of these Ethernet over Power kits... http://www.pp.co.nz/products.php?pp_id=NW00011
They wont work unless the 2 hotpoints are on the same phase. Most domestic dwellings are wired using a single phase so all good there.
Im getting a connection of about 65Mbps. I was using a 108Mbps wireless connection prior to this but it wasnt as fast for some reason.
Im using it to connect my Media Center PC to the LAN as running a cable will be a big job. Its ok for streaming standard definition DivXs but for anything higher ie 720p or 1080p it starts breaking up and is unsatisfactory. For Hi-Def files I just transfer them to the Media PC and view them locally.
So far the Ethernet over Power kit has been reliable and I would recommend them in situatuations where wired or wireless isnt an option.


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  Reply # 69655 5-May-2007 23:12
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They look the same as the ones I had no luck at all with, and yeah, all the power circuits are on one phase, the only thing that isn't is the now disconnected old spapool.




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