What is Bandwidth

Question

I have a wireless network, my internet service is Cox. I have 2 desktops that I am connecting, I have a SMC2404WBR router in the main computer. In the other computer(located in another room about 300 feet away) I have a SMC2402W adapter. In the main computer (the one with router) ever since I connected the modem into the router instead of the computer directly my signal is not as strong (bandwidth), the the other computer with the adapter is poor too, mostly runs on the signal Ad-hoc. I have to hit the refresh key to get a connection sometimes. Why is my connection not as good as when I connected directly into the cable modem. I realize the other computer due to interferences can have a poor connection but is this true with the main computer too. Help this is really confusing!

Thanks,

L McNeil

Answer

This question was answered on January 30, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

First, let's clarify something here.  To determine the strength of your signal, on the main computer, hookup just your modem and go to www.speedtest.net and compare it to what you expect to get There may be a little latency due to to the router Now as for the second computer; the cable run is way too long I'm surprised you're even gettimg signal due to the constraints on cat 5 -  you're about 30 ft over the limit, which will cause slow bandwidth and connectvity problems.

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Posted by Eugene of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on January 30, 2003