Airport Express

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by saga, Sep 23, 2006.

  1. saga macrumors regular

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    I download a lot of music (using bit torrent, and flac files), and I was wondering if there is any noticeable difference between using the airport express and being directly connected. Does anyone download just using wireless.
     
  2. Apple2Mac macrumors regular

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    Do you mean sound quality of listining to music wirelessly with the airport express? If so then it sounds the same wired or unwired as long as you get a good siginal...
     
  3. saga thread starter macrumors regular

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    Sorry. No, I mean when I want to download music from the internet, will it transfer at a similar rate using the airport express, as it would if my computer was directly connected to the cable modem. I know the airport express has a 54mbps rate, and am wondering if the computer is directly connected, will info transfer at a greater rate than 54mbps. Sorry for the confusion.
     
  4. Electro Funk macrumors 65816

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    if it does, then i want to sign up with your cable provider!

    i have a 10MBps DL rate with my cable co... my macbook in the living room wirelessly gets an average of 9.5 to 10...
     
  5. thewhitehart macrumors 6502a

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    Interference from cordless landline phones and microwaves can cause signals to cut out, but other than that, you probably won't notice a significant drop in speed by using the airport express instead of a direct hookup.

    No consumer internet connection will go as fast as 54Mbps - that's the g maximum transfer rate for files shared between wireless g computers. Your cable internet should go no higher than 1 megabyte per second on average.

    It's sad that some stores encourage users to buy 'super' g or 'MIMO' at 108 Mbps, making these people think their webpages will load faster. These speed quotes are only good for file transfer times over a network.
     
  6. saga thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the help. I actually hooked up the airport express last night, and went ahead for a test run, and I downloaded just fine. I didn't notice any lag in time in comparison to being directly connected to the modem.
     
  7. sworthy macrumors regular

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    There can be a noticeable difference - but usually speeds are very close as long as you're relatively close to the base station.
     

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