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    Is there a limit to the number of devices that can share a wireless connection? I want to build a wireless network to service an Xbox 360, two TiVos and the occasional laptop along with two wired PCs.

    The next question is whether I can do this with a b/g router or is it necessary to go with an a/b/g router as M$ recommends? Their approved list includes both types, but they point out there would be less interference on the a-band (5 GHz) which could be dedicated to gaming while the b/g band (2.4 GHz) serves everything else. Although, I just checked and our cordless phones are 5.4 GHz...
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    Re: Wireless routers

    Hmm, I think that would depend on how many simultaneous connections (all at once) your router/hub can take.
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    • #3
      Re: Wireless routers

      theoretically, the number would be (256 x 256 x 256) -1 or 16777215
      the ip subnet would have to be *.0.0.0 .
      this would give you the ability to run *. (0-255) . (0-255) . (0-255)
      the -1 would be for the gateway (the router)
      some routers will not allow you to set a subnet that high, buy a lot will.
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      • #4
        Re: Wireless routers

        most of them you can have an almost 17 million on (see the figure that ddogg posted) and i challenge anyone to find 17 million computers and test the theory. now, in terms of realism, remember that your router can only disperse the total bandwidth you have coming in and each computer that is active on the network at any given time will take a portion of that bandwidth, which is not always constant.

        for example:
        someone browsing the forums here will not be eating up 1/100th the bandwith as someone downloading music from say, limewire. this is a point people miss because they often assume that 1 computer on a network=100% of the bandwith, 2 computers= 50/50 split on the bandwidth and so divided on down the line. this is far from the truth.

        My home network, for example, has 3 computers, an xbox, an xbox 360, a PS2 and a DVR all running at the same time. I get 0 network lag and i'm able to play NS with 30 ping at the same time my brother is playing CS:S, my roomate is playing halo 2 on XBL and im recording scrubs on the DVR. bandwidth is the key here, the router just tells it where to go.


        • #5
          Re: Wireless routers

          Originally posted by Acreo Aeneas View Post
          Hmm, I think that would depend on how many simultaneous connections (all at once) your router/hub can take.
          If you mean how many simultaneous NAT connections, you are right.

          This one here supports 2048 simultaneous NAT connections.

          Last edited by Dick Blonov; 01-09-2007, 08:35 AM. Reason: Added link.

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