Typical Wireless Router Handles how many devices?

Discussion in 'Home Networking' started by Mike Sun, Nov 19, 2006.

  1. Mike Sun

    Mike Sun Guest

    Just a really simple question. A typical wireless broadband router with 4
    ethernet ports - can it handle a total of more than 4 devices? Say 2
    wireless PCs, and 4 wired PCs
     
    Mike Sun, Nov 19, 2006
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  2. Mike Sun

    Jeff Gaines Guest

    You can usually connect up to 255 (or is it 254) PC's wirelessly - but
    they share the bandwidth.
    If you need more wired sockets get a dumb switch and plug it in to one of
    the current ports.
     
    Jeff Gaines, Nov 19, 2006
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  3. Mike Sun

    Jon Guest

    declared for all the world to hear...
    The wireless can typically handle around 254 connections, and the wired
    although having only 4 ports could handle much more than that by
    plugging in switches and hubs etc.
     
    Jon, Nov 20, 2006
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  4. Mike Sun

    NoNeedToKnow Guest

    A qualified "yes". Qualified because there will be some limits on total
    number of internet connections that can be established, so 10 PCs could be
    using a 500 kbps connection if they're all browsing and using e-mail, while
    things could go pear shaped (router running out of memory, re-booting, etc)
    if they were all being used for P2P... or even if only 2 were, it could
    affect the stability of the router.
    I feel sure most of the wireless units claim to be able to handle well over
    128 wireless connections (though I doubt it would be much fun, because it
    seems difficult to get the 54 Mbps typically suggested, and with having
    to re-send packets because of collisions, I'd expect sluggishness to be a
    problem at well under a quarter of that number - can someone in a firm
    with hot desking and wireless in use get some stats from their IT
    people about how many connections are workable).
     
    NoNeedToKnow, Nov 20, 2006
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  5. Mike Sun

    Mike Sun Guest

    Thanks for all the replies - much appreciated.
    Cheers from Mike
     
    Mike Sun, Nov 20, 2006
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