Solved using linksys-B for H/network thinking of connecting direct

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August 23, 2012 at 17:22:45
Specs: Windows Vista / Serv Pkg 2, AMD Dual-core 2.60 GHz / 2 Gig
Wondering if I would be better served by connecting my 2 desktops (in adjacent rooms) w/CAT-5 cable directly into the router rather than using wireless ... to increase internet speed … don’t know if I can even do this?

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#1
August 24, 2012 at 02:44:23
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It is certainly possible to have two or more computers connected directly by CAT cable to a router, but it depends how long the CAT cables need to be. If the rooms are adjacent, and the router is in one of those rooms, cable length should not be an issue (above a certain length, signal loss occurs).

See this: http://homenethelp.com/web/explain/...


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#2
August 24, 2012 at 09:21:46
First off, you cant "increase internet speed" by connecting wired as compared to wireless. But, if you're a gamer, and I am so you can trust me on this, a wired connection is most definitely preferable to wireless. Wireless adds overhead and latency which can make gaming less enjoyable.

So, if you're a gamer, yes, connect wired.

The ONLY way you can "speed up internet" is to pay for a higher bandwidth package than you already are. There is not one single thing you can do at your end to increase your internet bandwidth (bandwidth being the correct term....speed applies to cars, not networks).

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#3
August 24, 2012 at 20:38:09
Hey thanks Curt R … but you were dead wrong buddy, everything is running much faster and smoother … tested with all the same test sites just prior to changing (upload increased from 0.88 / 1.30 mbps to a pretty consistent 2.05 mbps … while download increased from about 4.70 / 5.25 mbps to a pretty consistent 14.33 to 15.80 mbps) … but thanks anyway … sorry not a gamer!

Hey thanks much Phill22 … I went on and tried it right after posting (couldn’t wait – lol) … I would need a 12ft to 15ft cable for the other system … do you think that would pose a problem?


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#4
August 27, 2012 at 07:20:32
Actually Bubba, I am correct. You didn't actually "increase your internet speed". What you did by using cables was allow your computers to access all available bandwidth.

Here's why I'm saying this:
1) The "speed" of a network, or a networks media, never changes. What can, and does change is the bandwidth. Which is a rating of how much data can pass a single point in a network in one second. If you upgrade from a 10 Mbps bandwidth package to a 100 Mbps package, you're not ten times "faster". You can move ten times as much data in the same amount of time.

You can't give yourself more bandwidth, only your provider can do that. So any changes you may make at home can only affect how local computers acces your available bandwidth.

2) What you did didn't change the bandwidth, that is the same as it was prior to you connecting your two computers with cables. But as I said, a wired (cabled) solution is always better than wireless. So when you moved from wireless to wired, you allowed your clients to connect without the extra overhead, and latency, of a wireless connection. So now that you took both mine and phil22's advice and plugged your computers in, they are indeed connecting better and accessing all the available bandwidth so they seem to be connecting faster because pages load faster, etc.

Understand?

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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