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Old 09-12-2004, 04:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Multiple Internet Devices?????

Hey Everyone,
This may be a stupid and or inane question but I am going to ask it anyway. I live in a house that is set up wirelessly and I access the network through a USB device like this one:

http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProdu...duct_Id=122640

My question is this, can I use two (or more even) to help increase or boost my internet connection and speed? Its not like I am hurting on USB ports. Just wondering and thanks.
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Old 09-12-2004, 05:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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No, You internet speed will only be as fast as what you get from your isp. Adding more usb adpters will only slow you computer down as it tries to process all of the extra data.
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Old 09-12-2004, 09:09 AM   #3 (permalink)
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This question equates to "I have a road near my house where the speed limit is 30 MPH and there are cops every 1/8th a mile so speeding isn't possible, but I have a ferrari that is fast; question is if I have two ferrari's will I be able to go faster?" Your isp sets your internet speed so you can't go any faster than what it's set to (ala speed limit) and your networking hardware can go MUCH faster than the set limit (ala ferrari) so it's not your side slowing down things it's the ISP (ala road)
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Old 09-12-2004, 12:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I think the others misread your question. You're wondering if adding more wireless access points will increase the available bandwidth available for your wireless devices. Well, yes and no. I'm just learning this wireless stuff myself, so take it with a grain of salt, but this is what I understand.

Yes: if you have 2 or more wireless devices and have each base station use a different wireless frequency and have the wireless devices use either one of the stations. As far as I know you'd have full bandwidth for both devices.

No: if they are both configured to the same channel.. that they compromise the same network (access points can be configured that way). In this case, all devices are sharing the same channel and will be limited by the total bandwidth available on that channel.

Anyways, I think it is all a moot point. Your internet access speed set by your ISP is likely to be far lower than the speed of your wireless network, unless you're at a university connected to a huge fat Internet pipe. So in this aspect, the other answers hit it right on the head... you will be limited by the speed set by your ISP.

Happy surfing...
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Old 09-12-2004, 12:45 PM   #5 (permalink)
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You could get better results by switching to 802.11g, or Super-g
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Old 09-12-2004, 04:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks TurbineSlut but the first two responses did actually read my question correctly. Plus, I think they answered it correctly as well. That was my sneaking suspicision but I felt I had better ask anway. Thanks everyone for the help and info. Later
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Old 09-13-2004, 01:25 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I think people are busting your chops unnecessarily. Check this link...

http://www.compex.com.sg/products.as...adband+Routers

You can get a parallel broadband router.. Hook 2 cable / DSL connections and you get double the speed (theoretically).

Here at home I could (double my current cable speeds) get 8GB down and 1024MB up... for $130 a month.. Hmm.. Making me think about this.
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Old 09-13-2004, 06:01 PM   #8 (permalink)
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In XP you can bridge two internet devices...i've done it on my laptop and bridged my wireless g card and my cat5 connection...and yes it makes it a little faster..
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