Can anyone please tell me if there are any diadvantages to setting up a network between a desktop PC and maybe one or two laptops with a bluetooth connection. Will it work as well as a normal wireless connection.
(1) The range is limited to a maximum of 10m (in ideal conditions) whereas a 802.11x (802.11a/802.11b/802.11g) network has a range of about 1 hundred metres.
(2) The speed of bluetooth transmissions is limited to approx 1Mb/s (maximum) whereas 802.11b is 11Mb/s, 802.11g and 802.11a are 54Mb/s.
(3) The cost of a bluetooth adaptor is about the same (if not more) that a basic 802.11b wireless card.
(4) Setting up a bluetooth network may be a lot trickier that setting up a normal 802.11x network. A bluetooth network may also not work as well under pressure (lots of data transfers) than an 802.11x network.
(5) There are a lot more people with experience of setting up and running an 802.11x network who can give advice on problems as opposed to a bluetooth network.
I run an 802.11b network in the house and it is fine. My broadband connection runs at 512kbps which is well within the speed of the 802.11b standard. It was easy to set up and quick to get running and recognised (with the help of Windows XP network wizard).
I would go for an 802.11x network as there is a lot more support and hardware out there.
Thanks fitshase. I will have a look at other options then. My friend has just set up a couple of networks using Linksys hardware. He has used their support several times and they CANNOT be beaten. They are available 24 hours a day and you are put through to someone in the USA at the cost of a local call.
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