802.11a is the same speed as 802.11g - 54Mbps, not taking into account any "Turbo" features. 'a' and 'g' are basically the same, with 'a' working at 5GHz and 'g' at 2.4GHz. 'g' gives much better range than 'a'.Scotty306 said:MS are recommending using 802.11a for multimedia streaming
This is because they're promoting HiDef streaming from your MS Media Centre PC
Like the Netgear WGE111 which you can pickup online for around 40 quid as opposed to the official MS one that will cost 60 quid. Also the advantages of using a standard wireless bridge is that ethernet is probably more effecient then the USB ( the official MS 360 adapter uses a USB connection ) plus you don't tie up one of the 360's USB ports when you don't need to.matt_p said:EDIT: Regarding original post, you don't need to buy the MS wireless adapter. Just buy a wireless bridge of your choice and plug into the ethernet on the back of the 360. Will work out cheaper.
I see no reason why it wont work with the 360, you will also need a wireless bridge, MS are releasing one for 60 quid I think, alternatively you could pick a belkin one up (probably cheaper)Kube said:
The MS one has advantages though :-Sting King said:I see no reason why it wont work with the 360, you will also need a wireless bridge, MS are releasing one for 60 quid I think, alternatively you could pick a belkin one up (probably cheaper)
I do agree, slipped my mind about been powered from the USB port, thats a good advantage, no more reaching behind yor AV cabinet to turn off your adapter (or leaving it on like I do).ChrisAllenFiz said:The MS one has advantages though :-
1. No extra Power supply required, it`s powered off the XBOX360
2. It is really small
3. It clips onto the back of the 360 in a really neat fashion.
If you really want to stream HD to your XBOX360, you might consider 11A, but for regular video and games, 11G should be fine.
There is a new standard called 80211.n, which is much faster than G and A. However, it`s not finalised yet. Some people are bringing out products based on what they think that spec will be. Whether it meets up to the standard and will work will final 11n kit is debatable.jenjewak said:What do you mean by "pre-n" stuff?
The N spec is pretty much decided with the IEEE, I'm 95% sure it will all be fully compatible. Companies like Belkin, Netgear etc are not going to spend god knows how much money releasing products that are going to be defunct in 6 months when the IEEE ratify 802.11n.ChrisAllenFiz said:Some people are bringing out products based on what they think that spec will be. Whether it meets up to the standard and will work will final 11n kit is debatable.
A is no faster than G, they're both 54Mbps. You will get VERY slightly better results with A, as it works in the 5GHz range. G works in the 2.4GHz range, so is more succeptible to interference from cordless phones, bluetooth etc.PioRow said:They seemed to be hyping up A and how great it was. I got the impression that if you wanted to stream hi def content off your MCE to your 360 then being hardwired was the best option (obviously) then A then Bor G. Makes me kind of worried seeimg as everyone uses B and G and hardly anyones uses A.