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DSLMan
Posts: 7
Registered: ‎01-26-2010
Device: Westell B90-327W15-0
Plan: Voice/Data
Location: Glenside, Pa, USA
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Westell "4x support" Option

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Hello,

 

I have a Westell B90-327W15-06 modem/router and it has a wireless "4x support" option.  My questions are:

 

What is that option?

 

How can I tell if my IBM T42 laptop with windows XP supports that option?

 

I could not find much information on web. Is anyone using this option?

 

Why is there so little useful information available on the "4x support" option?

 

Thank you,

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DSLMan
Posts: 7
Registered: ‎01-26-2010
Device: Westell B90-327W15-0
Plan: Voice/Data
Location: Glenside, Pa, USA
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Re: Westell "4x support" Option

The only information I could find in the Westell documentation is the following:

 

 

 

Factory Default = Disabled.
When selected, this enables/disables the 4X option.
If enabled, 4X support provides additional algorithms for increased throughput. The
station cards must also support this option.

 

 

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DSLMan
Posts: 7
Registered: ‎01-26-2010
Device: Westell B90-327W15-0
Plan: Voice/Data
Location: Glenside, Pa, USA
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Re: Westell "4x support" Option

I just heard back from Westell. They said:

 

"This is a Verizon product and they provide the technical support."

 

This "4x support" option is very mysterious. 

 

 

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dslr595148
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Registered: ‎09-24-2008
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Re: Westell "4x support" Option

I am not sure of what that means, but I can guess.

 

I guess the 4x means that, if enabled the wireless speeds can go 4 times faster.

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DSLMan
Posts: 7
Registered: ‎01-26-2010
Device: Westell B90-327W15-0
Plan: Voice/Data
Location: Glenside, Pa, USA
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Re: Westell "4x support" Option

Yes, I would guess the "4x support" option invokes some compression algorithms to give better performance, but how do you find out if your laptop also supports this option? You have to have it on both ends or it does no good.

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dslr595148
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Registered: ‎09-24-2008
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Re: Westell "4x support" Option

I went to http://www22.verizon.com/ResidentialHelp/HighSpeed/Networking/User+Guides/User+Guides.htm

 

I clicked on the manual for that router.

 

In it, it says..

 

 


Verify with the manufacturer of your wireless client that 4x is supported.

 

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DSLMan
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Registered: ‎01-26-2010
Device: Westell B90-327W15-0
Plan: Voice/Data
Location: Glenside, Pa, USA
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Re: Westell "4x support" Option

Thanks!  

 

"Verify with the manufacturer of your wireless client that 4X is supported."

 

I wonder who that would be? Microsoft for Windows XP or Intel because they wrote the drivers for the wireless modem???

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dslr595148
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Re: Westell "4x support" Option

I am not sure of who that would be, but I can give to you an example / pointer to help you out.

 

#1 In Windows XP, go to Start -> Control Panel -> Performance and Maintenace -> System.

 

#2 Go to the hardware tab.

 

#3 Go to the device manager.

 

#4 It will look something like this

 

http://i43.tinypic.com/2qn6olj.jpg

 

#5 By default, it will be devices by type.

 

#6 In it, next to the Network Adapters click the plus sign.

 

#7 Select the network adapter and select propties.

 

Listed there, will be who the manufacturer of the wireless card is.

 

I can't say aways but usually the hardware manufacturer, is the manufacturer of the wireless client.

 

--

 

By the wireless client,

 

a) I believe for example if you are using Windows XP it could be Microsoft

 

as noted on http://portforward.com/help/wirelessxp.htm

 

b) It could also be Linksys, if that is the hardware manufacturer - for example as noted on

 

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/one-touch,review-1343-5.html

 

Just under the text that says

 

 


We found these delays confusing and ended up pressing the button repeatedly the flashing light started. Fortunately, this didn't seem to mess anything up.
^^

 

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