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c-Row
Jul 16, 2009, 05:16 AM
This might be a noobish question, but anyway - right now, my media library is shared from a Mac Mini over wireless. Sometimes, I want to access the files from other Macs which are also wirelessly connected. Network speeds leave much room for improvement here.

Is it possible to improve the transfer rates from one machine to the other if one of them is physically connected to the router? I know there's still the bottleneck from the router to the second, wireless Mac, but who knows...

:o



giffut
Jul 16, 2009, 06:24 AM
... major bottleneck will always be the wireless connection. You wonīt gain much when connecting one machine to the router, but the other machine keeps its wireless.

To have the maximum throughput in wireless, you need to get full n-draft compatible hardware and push it to use this mode only - I donīt know, if you have this setup working, but very likely you have compatibility mode active, so you can have b/g and n devices share the network via one router. So a second n-draft router would be a necessity.

Another option would be a powerline adapter from Devolo. The new ones have speeds up to 200MBit/s, but this heavily depends on your electric wire setup in your house/condo: http://www.devolo.com/consumer/dlan-mains-supply-network-fastest-200-mbit.html

The only other option would be to physically connect the two machines in question via ethernet to gain 100MBit, or better 1GBit speeds - which is, what you want for big file transfers.

Keep in mind, though, that wireless stays and falls with the optimization of its routing to get maximum throughput. The more walls and trees and what not are in between the router and your computer, the less throughput you will have. Antenna chance might help, a new location for the router and/or the computers - but thatīs up for you to play with.

c-Row
Jul 16, 2009, 07:58 AM
Going completely n won't be possible unless I upgrade my old MBP to one of the newer models, and it's one of the machines that download from the MacMini's external HD... :( Anyway, thanks for the advice!

Shuttleworth
Jul 16, 2009, 08:57 AM
Going completely n won't be possible unless I upgrade my old MBP to one of the newer models, and it's one of the machines that download from the MacMini's external HD... :( Anyway, thanks for the advice!
Can't you just get a new N compatible airport card to go in the MBP? They seem to be quite common and cheap on eBay.

Otherwise, you can make a network that has separate N and G components so that the older equipment will connect to a G signal whilst the newer stuff connects to N in 2.4 or 5 GHz:

http://tntluoma.com/apple/notes-on-a-dual-mode-airport-extreme-network/

HTH

giffut
Jul 16, 2009, 09:20 AM
... will be brave and simply swap the internal wirelss minipci-express card: http://www.xlr8yourmac.com/systems/macbookpro_wireless_N_upgrade/macbookpro_N_card_install.html