Solved

USB 1.1 Wireless Adapter Speed

Posted on 2006-06-21
4
666 Views
Last Modified: 2013-11-09
Hello, I was just wondering whether if I bought a USB wireless 802.11g adapter which runs at 54mbps  would it decrease the maximum speed if it was plugged into a USB 1.1 port?

I know that USB 1.1 has a transfer speed of 12mbps but I wasn't sure if this was measured in megabytes per second or megabits (I know that wireless is measured in megabits). I've search the internet and they all seem to just use the mbps abreviation instead of specifying the meaurements.

Thanks,
Jon
0
Comment
Question by:acsell
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 79

Accepted Solution

by:
lrmoore earned 70 total points
ID: 16955752
The official standard calls for 12Mb speed. lowercase "b" means bits
12MB with uppercase "B" designates Bytes

I found it odd to find a 10/100 USB adapter that reports connecting at 100Mb . . . on a 12Mb bus!

Using the USB wireless adapter, it will negotiate whatever speed it can between it and the access point, so you may still see "connected at 54Mbps" in your tray icon or connection manager. Your total throughput, however, will be nowhere near that because it is constrained by the bus.

0
 
LVL 5

Author Comment

by:acsell
ID: 16955761
Thanks for that information NYtechGuy. I heard that linksys had to release their firmware as open source and that it has enabled many features to be added that are normally found in more expensive access points. It makes you wonder why Linksys didn't add these features themselves if the hardware is capable of it.  I may look into experimenting with that in the future (maybe after the waranty runs out) especially now I know that if something goes wrong that it can be un-done but since it seems to be working OK I might leave it alone for a while : )

>>  Did you configure them as repeaters?

Yes, I configured one as a repeater (right house) and the other just as an access point (left house).



I have noticed that the computer in house on the left (bottom left) is getting a low signal (20-30%) for some reason. It might be worth me getting a wireless adapter with a directional antenna for it.
0
 
LVL 11

Assisted Solution

by:knoxzoo
knoxzoo earned 55 total points
ID: 16955769
A lot of the USB 2 wireless adapters won't even install on a 1.1 port.  

However, USB 2 cards are dirt cheap and easy to install.  All you need is an open PCI slot.
0
 
LVL 5

Author Comment

by:acsell
ID: 16955796
Sorry, I  replied to the wrong thread my post above : )


Thanks alot for that information lrmoore and knoxzoo.

I will see if I can get the USB PCI card you suggest or just get a PCI wireless adapter instead.
0

Featured Post

Efficient way to get backups off site to Azure

This user guide provides instructions on how to deploy and configure both a StoneFly Scale Out NAS Enterprise Cloud Drive virtual machine and Veeam Cloud Connect in the Microsoft Azure Cloud.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
Multiple times a day Computer loses internet connection 17 87
Viber-Only Restriction 6 44
Clarification on Network "Usage" for ESXi host. 13 68
Dns issues 4 35
PRTG Network Monitor lets you monitor your bandwidth usage, so you know who is using up your bandwidth, and what they're using it for.
When you try to share a printer , you may receive one of the following error messages. Error message when you use the Add Printer Wizard to share a printer: Windows could not share your printer. Operation could not be completed (Error 0x000006…
Internet Business Fax to Email Made Easy - With  eFax Corporate (http://www.enterprise.efax.com), you'll receive a dedicated online fax number, which is used the same way as a typical analog fax number. You'll receive secure faxes in your email, f…
Here's a very brief overview of the methods PRTG Network Monitor (https://www.paessler.com/prtg) offers for monitoring bandwidth, to help you decide which methods you´d like to investigate in more detail.  The methods are covered in more detail in o…

770 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question