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Absolute Beginner's Guide to Wi-Fi® Wireless Networking by Harold Davis

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Transmission Speeds

Figure 2.2 shows some comparative throughput speeds for most of the wireless standards I've discussed in this chapter.

Figure 2.2. Comparative speeds of wireless standards.

In order to keep the comparison real-world, I've included estimated actual throughput for 802.11b as well as its theoretical maximum.

For purposes of reference, and to help you see that Wi-Fi is unlikely to slow you down much, I've included the throughput you can expect from a 10BASE-T Ethernet network in the figure (this is the kind of wired network you are most likely to find in your home or office, although many wired networks are ...

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