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I have a wireless network setup already.I have a Linksys WRT54G wireless router and I have a Linksys WMP54G wireless adapter on one computer.The question is can I use another brand name wireless PCI adapter 802.11b for another desktop computer.Will it still work if I do this?Thanks for your help.
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by:JFrederick29
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Yes, just make sure it is the same standard (802.11b) as the access point.
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Yes,  it doesn't matter the brand, but so you know. If you do go with an 802.11b pci card for your other pc, it will make the current 802.11g card you have slow down to the 11 mb/s speed. If that doesn't concern you, then by all means, go for the 802.11b card.  Why not go for 802.11g and keep the speed. Price isn't much different.

If you are into modifying things, check out these sights:

http://www.seattlewireless.net/index.cgi/LinksysWrt54g
http://www.batbox.org/wrt54g-linux.html
http://wrt54g.sonycrx2xx.org/

Broadcom and Linksys(bought by cisco) have released the source for their firmware.
These are some sights to get you started in upgrading to aftermarket firmware that add features like vpn server termination for the wireless and WAN side, radius authentication, and a bunch of other neat features. If your interested.

doushanes
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What more can I add to this..??  Yes...  :)
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Doushanes, " If you do go with an 802.11b pci card for your other pc, it will make the current 802.11g card you have slow down to the 11 mb/s speed",   is not entirely a correct statement. When running both 802.11b and g together in the same network, the 802.11b cards "can't see" the 802.11g cards during CSMA/CA transmission however the g can see the b. With this in mind, adding one b network adapter will not automatically drop you from 54Mbps to 11Mbps. The more 802.11b cards that you add to the network transmitting however, the more chance you have of eventually dropping down to the 11Mbit threshold. The reason b can't see g is due to an extra tag embedded in the g's ethernet header which is not present in the 802.11b standard.
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by:doushanes
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Mike,
Thank you for clearing that up for me. the point I was trying to make is why not go with "g", its not that much of price difference, and you don't have to worry about the above.

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by:mikecr
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Yes, the cost of g wireless adapters isn't prohibitive and the performance gain you get would far out weigh the roughly $!5 difference in price to go from 802.11b to 802.11g.
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by:richierich72
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Thanks for everyones help.I have checked prices and think that I will stick with the Linksys 802.11 WMP54G wireless adapter.I think that the $5-$10 price difference is worth the quality.Again thanks for your input.
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