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Wireless (WiFi) Questions


spyro_ie
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Well I will be living in Student Accommodation from September for the college year and the building provides wireless (WiFi) interenet access. Well, at least thats what their website says. I don't have any details of the speed or what not, but I do have a few questions nonetheless:

 

1. I have a desktop pc. Do I need some sort of wireless router or whatever its called? How much could that set me back?

2. 100 people live in the building. I'm sure not everyone will be using the internet, but will the number of people using it affect the speed?

3. Is WiFi any use? I tend to go online for videos, music and gamimg for the most part. Can I expect streaming videos, streaming radio and lag free gaming?

 

Thanks in advance.

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1. You need a wireless adapter, not a router. Check here, PCI or USB will do. Price is anywhere from $10 - $100USD.

 

2. Yes, the more people using it the slower it'll be, but it's not too bad. It depends on the overall speed.

 

3. Sure, but be careful what you're downloading since it's a school connection and they probably monitor it.

 

 

Hope that helps. smile.gif

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What exactley is the difference from a cheap adapter and an expensive one? Do they not just pick up the same signal?

 

I searched through an Irish website and found this selection of adapters: Link

 

I don't want to spend much seeing as I'll only need it for a few months....

 

Cheers.

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You can get some pretty good ones from eBay, i've bought two for €15 each and they work great. So I wouldn't see the point in going for a really expensive one. Here.

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Fozzy Fozborne

My suggestion is to get a wireless G (802.11G) adapter. I'd stay away from wireless B because in my experience, wireless B equipment has always been buggy. (My old router, my school's wireless B routers, the wireless B adapters my school has, all very unreliable).

 

On the other hand, G has been dead stable for me since I bought this router half a year ago, my wifi card in my computer and laptop (both G) have also been very reliable.

 

Any one of those cards on eBay would work fine.

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Another quick question that I thought up. Can you use one of those adapters on the Xbox 360? Do they work with both PC's and Xbox 360's?

 

Thanks again.

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The Xbox 360 has its own official wireless adapter.

 

Also, since it is a desktop you're talking about, they most likely have wired connections. Always use wired connections over wireless connections when possible, and not in the way.

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The Xbox 360 has its own official wireless adapter.

 

Also, since it is a desktop you're talking about, they most likely have wired connections. Always use wired connections over wireless connections when possible, and not in the way.

That wireless adaptor is pretty pricey. Can you use the Xbox 360 adaptor with your Desktop? If not, can I just get an ordinary adapter for the 360, or is it the case that you can only use the special 360 Wireless Adapter?

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