Re: [NTLK] WaveLAN card and Airport sucks batteries

From: John Ruschmeyer (
Date: Sun Mar 17 2002 - 10:02:18 EST

One note about the 5.5 and 8.5mb modes... IIRC, those are Lucent-specific
and not part of 802.11b which defines 1, 2, and 11mb modes. So you'd really
want to lock one at 2mb for compatible with third-party access points.


-----Original Message-----
From: speedy2
Sent: Sunday, March 17, 2002 5:29 AM

On Fri, 15 Mar 2002, Simon Roberts wrote:

> The WaveLAN card does have a power saving mode which, if enabled on my
> Windows notebook, seems to increase the battery life considerably. At
> part of the power saving seems to be achieved by dynamically switching the
> card between 2 Mbps and 11 Mbps modes as required. Hopefully a power
> mode can be implemented in the Newton driver in the future.

What throughput have people seen when using wired Ethernet interfaces?
802.11b supports 1Mbps, 2Mbps, 5.5Mbps and 11Mbps. If users aren't seeing
more than say 4Mbps, there is no reason why the link speed shouldn't be
set to greater than 5.5Mbps as it would save power and the Newton wouldn't
be able to saturate it.

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