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SOAK: Wireless router bandwidth

I have a home network (small right now) with a 11g router. A computer and my TiVo are connected via Ethernet. Also I have a laptop wireless.

I'd like the whole thing to be wireless (maybe excluding the TiVo) at some point. I've been eyeing the Airport express to hook up to my stereo.

How much streaming bandwidth do I have, realistically, before the router chokes on all the data? Could I be streaming to the HMO via my wireless laptop, Transferring files between computers, streaming video on the web, talking on Vonage, and browsing the web all at the same time? I guess my Cable bandwidth would choke first, but the locally streaming music and file transfers concern me.

If I have one computer or wireless component on the system that's 11b, does it make a difference? ie, bring the speed of the whole system down?

Some insight from a guru out there would be helpful. Thanks!

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Both 802.11g and mixed mode performance vary considerably amongst wireless routers.

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To expand on ccwf's statement, you will probably notice that running a single 11b client on the network reduces the speed for all clients down to whatever 11b speed you're getting out of your router.

You realistically have about 20-25Mbps or so to spread out among your streams; add up how much each one takes and you'll know whether the bandwidth is there for it all. I'd assume a 10% overhead to get a conservative estimate.

A bigger problem for most home routers is that they choke and crash when trying to push too many streams at once - this is why so many people running bit torrent clients are complaining about their routers dropping the Internet connection so often. I had big problems with this on a D-Link router, and less so with a Linksys (although I can still make it crash.)

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