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Question re: device speeds and n/g routers.

Hi all. Thank you for your patience in answering these questions. I am trying to create a small (5 users) network for a non-profit org. I've never done this before.

They have:

WinXP and Win7 PC's

Verizon DSL connection

I would like to be able to connect their desktop PC's to the router via Ethernet cable on the assumption that Ethernet connection would be faster than wifi. Their new, 802.11-n compatible laptops would connect via wifi.

Visitors often come in and connect their laptops via wifi. This includes older model Macs and PC's that are not 802.11-n compatible.

Questions:

Do I have to match speeds of DSL modem/service, wifi router, and wifi/NIC cards? In other words, if I get a wireless N router and N wifi cards, and don't upgrade the current DSL modem, would the DSL modem create a bottleneck between the Internet and the wifi machines? Would upgrading to N be a waste of time without also updating the DSL modem?

If I were to upgrade their Verizon DSL service from 768 Kb-1Mb to 10-15 Mb, how would that change what DSL modem, wifi router and wifi adapters they would need?

What would be the answers to these question if I were to add a 802.11-g wifi router to accommodate the older laptops?

Thanks very much!
Date: Apr 22, 2013   


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