dilemna before buying new Dell laptop

Discussion in 'Dell' started by Rob, Feb 27, 2006.

  1. Rob

    Rob Guest

    I've got a wireless 802.11b network at home. Everything in my house
    had "b" capability except I'm not sure of one laptop (inspiron 600m;
    maybe this has b/g capability??). Please correct me if I'm wrong

    Ok, so my question is... if I should by a Dell laptop (not sure which
    model but less than $900) which has an internal 802.11g card, what are
    my options to make it get on my home network? Can I swap it out with
    a "b" card? It would be a rather expensive upgrade to swap out all my
    computers at home (several plus the router) so I'd rather not do that
    unless I have another reason to and besides, if I do that maybe the
    "pre N" or eventually the "N" card would be wiser. What are my
    options here?

    thanks in advance all.
    Rob, Feb 27, 2006
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  2. It'll work just fine, they are upwards compatable. B clients will
    work on G and Pre-N (and probably Draft-N and Real-N) APs, G clients
    will work on B and {all the N} APs, etc.
    William P.N. Smith, Feb 27, 2006
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  3. Rob

    S.Lewis Guest

    Should be backward compatible and fully capable of 802.11b. No other
    upgrades necessary.

    S.Lewis, Feb 27, 2006
  4. Well that's partially true. G is definitely backwards compatible with
    B, however for a B card to join a G (and most likely a N) network, the
    access point has to be set into mixed mode. This will lower the overall
    performance of the network (even for communication between two G clients
    for example). The performance hit typically isn't substantial (beyond
    the obvious slowdown of a B client talking to a G or vice versa), but
    it's definitely present. A workaround is to connect a separate B AP to
    the G AP and have it act as a bridge between the two networks.

    For the original poster, you should also note 802.11A is not compatible
    with B or G or N (A operates at a much higher frequency). With that
    said, there are cards which can receive both A & B/G (eg. Intel's IPW2900)
    Nicholas Andrade, Feb 27, 2006
  5. Good point. However, the OP doesn't know about these details, so the
    chances that he'll buy an AP and configure it for G-only are
    vanishingly small. [Note to the OP: Don't do that.]
    William P.N. Smith, Feb 27, 2006
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