Will a 802.11b access point work with a 802.11G nic?

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by Steve Smith, Oct 4, 2003.

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    Steve Smith Guest

    Will a 802.11b access point work with a 802.11G nic? I understand that 802.11G access points are backwards compatible with 802.11b nics but I want to know if the reverse is also true. I have a Compaq Presario 3077wm that has an integrated 802.11g nic and I want to be able to connect with an SMC 7004VWBR 802.11b wireless router. Should I have any problems with this?

    Thanks,
    Steve Smith
     
    Steve Smith, Oct 4, 2003
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    simonbray Guest

    If the router is set for mixed mode i.e. both b and g, then yes. If it is
    set for G only, then no

    S


    Will a 802.11b access point work with a 802.11G nic? I understand that
    802.11G access points are backwards compatible with 802.11b nics but I want
    to know if the reverse is also true. I have a Compaq Presario 3077wm that
    has an integrated 802.11g nic and I want to be able to connect with an SMC
    7004VWBR 802.11b wireless router. Should I have any problems with this?

    Thanks,
    Steve Smith
     
    simonbray, Oct 4, 2003
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  3. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Guest

    simonbray" wrote
    The wireless router is only 802.11b. It does not offer a mixed mode option in the setup. I wouldn't have expected that 802.11b access points would offer a mixed mode option for 802.11g compatibility since 802.11g wasn't available when most 802.11b APs were manufactured. Unless a recent firmware update adds this capability. The most recent firmware upgrade to the SMC 7004VWBR does not.

    Let me make sure I understand. When they say that 802.11g is backwards compatible with 802.11b, they are only referring to 802.11b nics that are communicating to 802.11g access points? A 802.11b access point can not communicate with a 802.11g nic unless the 802.11b access point offers a mixed mode option for 802.11g compatibility? Is this correct? It just doesn't sound right since many access points actually have an internal wireless nic. I would think the compatibility would work both ways. Anyone else want to comment?

    Steve Smith
     
    Steve Smith, Oct 4, 2003
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    UCSDBum Guest

    You shouldn't have any problems. AFAIK, in theory, all 802.11g cards will
    work with 802.11b equipment since they're both using 2.4GHz. (The Linksys
    and D-link notebook g cards can connect to both) Of course you'll be
    connecting at 802.11b speeds instead of 802.11g speeds (11Mbps vs. 54 Mbps)
    but that is only a problem if you're trying to do streaming video or
    constantly transfering large files across the network.

    ~E
     
    UCSDBum, Oct 5, 2003
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