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Jim McCall
2005-02-08, 08:47
Read this from belkin website:

Belkin Pre-N products do not drop to the lowest networking speed in a
mixed-mode environment - If a standard 802.11g or 802.11b device is
introduced into a Belkin Pre-N network.

The Belkin Pre-N product will not drop to the standard 802.11g or
802.11b speeds - Belkin Pre-N products will continue to transmit at a link
rate of 108Mbps, a result competing products cannot achieve.

Anyone have any experience with pre-n? I am moving into a new house with 3
floors and am figuring out how to cover both top and bottom floors. I might
put the router on the middle floor?


Jim

Nick Silberstein
2005-02-08, 10:58
Hi Jim,

I have no direct experience with Pre-N, beyond having investigated it
for my own needs, but wanted to make sure that you realize that "Pre-N"
is not a standard, and devices that Belkin makes with this label will
almost certainly not be compatible with devices from other manufacturers
(or probably Belkin's own 802.11N certified products)) at "N" speeds
once the 802.11N spec is ratified in a year or so.

Of course, this applies to any MIMO-based products that Linksys and
others are making, too.

Nick

Jim McCall wrote:
> Read this from belkin website:
>
> Belkin Pre-N products do not drop to the lowest networking speed in a
> mixed-mode environment - If a standard 802.11g or 802.11b device is
> introduced into a Belkin Pre-N network.
>
> The Belkin Pre-N product will not drop to the standard 802.11g or
> 802.11b speeds - Belkin Pre-N products will continue to transmit at a link
> rate of 108Mbps, a result competing products cannot achieve.
>
> Anyone have any experience with pre-n? I am moving into a new house with 3
> floors and am figuring out how to cover both top and bottom floors. I might
> put the router on the middle floor?
>
>
> Jim
>
>
>
>

Yan Tran
2005-02-08, 14:38
Unless you absolutely need more than whan 802.11g-based devices can
provide, I don't see the point in getting products that use
non-standard protocols. For between 25 and 40 dollars you can get an
802.11g wireless card and router combo. If you find the signal is
weak, you could try upgrading the antenna on the router.

Yan


On Tue, 08 Feb 2005 09:58:42 -0800, Nick Silberstein
<nick (AT) flyingmachine (DOT) com> wrote:
> Hi Jim,
>
> I have no direct experience with Pre-N, beyond having investigated it
> for my own needs, but wanted to make sure that you realize that "Pre-N"
> is not a standard, and devices that Belkin makes with this label will
> almost certainly not be compatible with devices from other manufacturers
> (or probably Belkin's own 802.11N certified products)) at "N" speeds
> once the 802.11N spec is ratified in a year or so.
>
> Of course, this applies to any MIMO-based products that Linksys and
> others are making, too.
>
> Nick
>
> Jim McCall wrote:
> > Read this from belkin website:
> >
> > Belkin Pre-N products do not drop to the lowest networking speed in a
> > mixed-mode environment - If a standard 802.11g or 802.11b device is
> > introduced into a Belkin Pre-N network.
> >
> > € The Belkin Pre-N product will not drop to the standard 802..11g or
> > 802.11b speeds - Belkin Pre-N products will continue to transmit at a link
> > rate of 108Mbps, a result competing products cannot achieve.
> >
> > Anyone have any experience with pre-n? I am moving into a new house with 3
> > floors and am figuring out how to cover both top and bottom floors. I might
> > put the router on the middle floor?
> >
> >
> > Jim
> >
> >
> >
> >