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
  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
  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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