Discussion in 'Home Networking' started by Martin Davies, Jul 7, 2003.

  1. Hi there,
    I'm in the process of getting some new computers. I've heard abouyt
    Bluetooth connectivity for linking in several machines plus mobiles, PDAs
    Is it any good for a home network?


    Martin <><
    Martin Davies, Jul 7, 2003
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  2. Thanks Chris.
    How small is small?

    I'm looking at a wireless network to connect up the 2 computers, plus 2 PDAs
    and 2 phones (if necessary).
    Maybe even games between the 2 computers, though that won't be often.

    Martin <><
    Martin Davies, Jul 7, 2003
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  3. Well, BT goes around 5-10k/sec in my experience take from that
    what you will :)

    It's useless for a LAN, but for the transferring of small files
    (pictures, txt fiels etc) its fine. For anything else, RJ45 is the way
    to go.
    Chris Buckley, Jul 7, 2003
  4. Sorry Chris - what is RJ45?

    Martin <><

    Martin Davies, Jul 7, 2003
  5. Ethernet cabling.
    Chris Buckley, Jul 7, 2003
  6. Ok, thanks Chris - still new to all this.

    Martin <><
    Martin Davies, Jul 7, 2003
  7. On Tue, 08 Jul 2003 06:27:39 GMT and in article
    I disagree. WiFi is still too slow to be used for LAN application.
    Internet, yes, fine. LAN, no.
    Chris Buckley, Jul 8, 2003
  8. Martin Davies

    postmaster Guest

    Wired is better for speed, but as for convenience, then WiFi has a lot going
    for it. Horses for courses I guess.


    postmaster, Jul 8, 2003
  9. Martin Davies

    Mike Dann Guest

    You don't want bluetooth for networking computers. The range is about 10
    metres and is a lot slower than wi-fi.

    Work out what it is you want to do with the network. Transferring lots of
    huge files? Go for cat5. Browsing the Internet, moving word files, opening
    pdfs, printing on network printers? Wi-Fi is fast enough for all of these.

    802.11g will be 54Mb (or is it 56Mb?!). Anyway, half the speed of cat5
    means that you would be hard pushed to see a big difference in performance.

    Mike Dann, Jul 10, 2003
  10. Main purpose is sharing the odd file - though maybe play the odd game
    between systems.

    So what would I need for wi-fi?

    Martin <><
    Martin Davies, Jul 10, 2003
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