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I need to set up a wireless network at my home with one wired pc and the other wireless.

With so many options available in the market, I am confused as to which one should I go for  as I need to have a less expensive but effective network at my home

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1) Linksys has  Wireless-G (802.11g)  and Wireless-B(802.11b) options. The G ones are expensive one but offer data rate of 54 Mbps as compared to the B ones with data rate of 11 Mbps.

2) Does the Network PC Card and the router have to be from the same company??

3)Is Linksys BEFW11S4 Wireless-B Cable/DSL Router and Linksys WPC11 Wireless-B Notebook Adapter
a good option??

4) At present I am using Linksys BEFSR81 and really satisfied with the Internet connection speed. But I could not find the data transfer rate for this so I can not compare it with the wireless routers.???

Any suggestions please..
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Hi there;

You're bound to get some various opinions on this, but here's my angle.

If money is an issue; go for an 802.11b product...prices are very good on those now.

The manufacturer doesn't matter for compatibility; all 802.11b products will work together.  In addition, "g" products are backwards compatible with "b" products...although at the reduced speed of course.

Your high-speed modem at home normally has a 10Mbs ethernet connection on it; in addition download internet speeds over 2Mbs are not too common, lower speeds are... so that 10Mbs connection doesn't have to work too hard.

What does all this mean? It means that if your primary activity with your workstations is connecting to the internet, then the 802.11b product will work just as well as the 802.11g product because the increased bandwidth is not being utilized.  A lot of people think that having an 802.11g connection will mean faster internet.... not the case at all in this scenario.

About the only time that the high-speed 802.11g product becomes useful is when you need to connect to other devices on your own network; ie PC-PC copying or network printer usuage.

Linksys makes some fine products, they're also well supported.

Hopefully this answers your questions.
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by:wilkersons
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That makes things pretty clear.
Thanks.
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by:kchao2000
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In addition to answer your question number 4, since Linksys BEFSR81 is not a wireless router the connection speed between your workstation and the router should be 100Mbs. However, the actual "internet download speed" still depends on your WAN connection speed.
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