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Which Wireless Standard Is Right for You?


Bored with the slow Hotspot Access? It’s not an age when hotspot access had slow connections like a snail. Perhaps that’s one of “marketing language” if you want to selling hotspot connections. If that’s your problem there are many ways that we can do to trace the problem. The first way is to check how much bandwidth is allocated for hotspot connections. If the problem is bandwidth allocated was small, it’s done, because the answer is to increase bandwidth capacity through the hotspot devices. But if the internet connection is fast but has plugged to an ancient hotspot device, this may be beneficial. This article will try to review the wireless technology that is used to improve hotspot speed. Its can improve download speed, upload speed, and transfer files between PCs. With Wi-Fi networks sometimes transfer data between a PC / laptop with another PC was much slower compared with the data transfer cable media. Why? Currently Network LAN (Local Area Network) which uses media cable has the lowest speed of 10 Mbps, commonly used has speed of 100 Mbps, the latest technology with Gigabit Ethernet capable of 1Gbps data transfer.

Wireless technologies use the IEEE 802.11 standard. The Standard has been developed and improved version of the first generation to the last generation.


1. 802.11

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) made the first WLAN standards. They called it 802.11 after the name of the group that was formed to oversee its development. Unfortunately, 802.11 only supported a maximum network bandwidth of 2 Mbps, is too slow for most applications. For these reasons, 802.11 wireless products are no longer produced.

2. 802.11b

IEEE developing “802.11 standard” started at July 1999. They create the IEEE 802.11b specifications. 802.11b supports bandwidth up to 11 Mbps, compared to traditional Ethernet.

3. 802.11a

Along with the development of 802.11b, the IEEE made a second extension to 802.11 standard called 802.11a. Because 802.11b gained in popularity much faster than 802.11a, some people believe that 802.11a was created after 802.11b. 802.11a supports bandwidth up to 54 Mbps and signals in the frequency spectrum is set approximately 5 GHz. This higher frequency compared to 802.11b. Higher frequency also means that 802.11a signals have more difficulty penetrating walls and other obstructions. Because 802.11a and 802.11b use different frequencies, the two technologies are not compatible each other.

4. 802.11g

In 2002 and 2003, WLAN products that can support a newer standard called 802.11g appeared on the market. 802.11g is an attempt to combine the best of both 802.11a and 802.11b standards. 802.11g supports bandwidth to 54 Mbps, and uses a frequency of 2.4 GHz for greater range. 802.11g is compatible with 802.11b, meaning that 802.11g access points will work with wireless 802.11b network adapters and vice versa.

5. 802.11n

The third-generation Wi-Fi is the standard for wireless home networks. 802.11n equipment is compatible with 802.11g and 802.11b equipment, and support for faster wireless connections with greater distance. Transfer Rate up to more than 100 Mbps. Using MIMO technologies (Multiple-Input Multiple-Output). Currently on the market have a lot of tech products with 802.11n standard, or often referred to as “Wireless-N”. Thus, the ability to transfer data is more quickly. One way to increase hotspot speed access is using the AP-tech “Wireless-N”, but the wireless client (laptop) also have been supporting the “Wireless-N”. If it does not yet support, will be the same. Second note: whether the Internet connection is above 100 Mbps? By using the “Wireless-N” can increase download speed