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    SLCentralHardwareReviewsNetworking Sep 29th, 2020 - 8:28 PM EST
    Sohoware Netblaster II 802.11b Wireless Networking Kit
    Author: Chris Oh
    Date Posted: August 17th, 2001
    Rating: 8/10 SystemLogistics


    Performance is a big issue with wireless networks since there are many factors that can affect speed as opposed to wired networks. When a network is running on a frequency that is pretty common, things can get a big busy in the air. Nevertheless, we haven't hit a time when there are enough devices to unnecessarily disrupt the normal operation of the 802.11v standard. People have this notion that wireless is slow and wired is fast. This is true for now since the gigabit Ethernet and the 11mbps 802.11b network are so far in speed. BUT, you WONT notice the different in browsing the internet. I did not notice a difference browsing through my switch than I did browsing through the wireless hub. Benchmarks are below for comparison. As for file transfers, that's a different story. Transferring files took an insanely long amount of time, especially when you're used to 100mbit Ethernet to transfer with.

    In gaming, the ping times were a bit higher but nothing you'd notice unless you're a hardcore gamer, which in that case, you shouldn't be playing on a wireless net. I did notice that there was a bit of a pause before I opened files through the wireless network, the same pause wasn't apparent through the wired network.


    Here's the killer or the savior. Thus far, I was impressed the installation and performance of the kit. We set up a few copying tests from one computer to the other and we took down the times and calculated the bitrate at which it was transferred.

    Willa Ford - I Wanna Be Bad MPEG 44MB transferred at 4.2Mb/s to and from the network
    Various small files (100MB) transferred at 3.6Mb/s to and from the network

    Although not at it's peak rated speed of 11Mbps, this is still a good speed considering I might not be at the amazingly impossible conditions I'll need to get up to 11Mbps. Fast enough for everything except transferring large files, which I suggest you get a good pillow for.

    SiSoft tests were inconclusive as I got an error message that the transfer packet was too large for the network.

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    1. Introduction/IEEE 802.11b Networking In A Nutshell
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