If I streamed a standard 128 kbps audio stream through a wifi hotspot and 4 people were "tuned in" to it, would that mean 128x4 kbps of bandwidth is required? Meaning is it like one person is taking 128kbps of the total stream and all others can share what's left?
And if I have a wireless G router that can do say 25Mbps and if the answer to the above is "yes" does that mean up to 195 people could be tuned in, (25,000,000 / 128,000).
I know there's aspects such as distance, etc. but theoretically, is the above accurate?
Sorry if this is overly simple. This is one of those conceptual things I would have assumed was obvious - but never really thought of.
On a wired network, each person would use 128 K of bandwidth if they were streaming audio and yes, that wireless G router has about 22 meg of bandwidth capacity.
However, wireless routers and access points communicate with wireless devices a bit differently. Each device takes turns communicating with the wireless router. It happens so fast that users would notice but because of this, you're limited to the number of users communicating with the router regardless of the data being sent.