airport using at home

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by FederalAgent, Feb 3, 2007.

  1. FederalAgent macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2007
    Does the airport capability mean that you can use your apple macbook to normally browse websites in any room at your home. Net speed is actually as fast as if connected with ethernet cable ??

    Example: your "airport modem" can be in different room(connected to net cable) all the time and you can download files with the macbook from another room fully wirelessly?(until battery runs out of course)

    So the files move in the air LOL??
  2. MacsAttack macrumors 6502a

    Jul 2, 2006
    Yes. You can browse from anywhere in the house, provided the signal strenght is good enough. Distance, walls, and other wireless networks can degrade signal strength.

    As for speed, I (for example) have a 4Mbs Cable Modem connection. This is piped into a wireless router. I am at the other end of the house and upstairs. The wireless network is running at 54mbs. Thus it is the speed of the internet connection that is the limiting factor (actually, it is the speed of the server you are accessing that is often the limitiing factor once you get a fast connection).

    With three computers on the wireless network (more are possible - but the cable contract says three is the limit), all of them can use the internet connection at the same time. However, the bandwidth will be used by all connected machines and can cause a bit of a slow-down. Only an issue if you are streaming lots of media over the web.

    Last year I was using a 804b router. Even that was faster then the 4mbs internet connection. The new 804n routers are masive overkill unless you want to be running something like an Apple TV and surf at the same time...

    Of course you don't need a router or even an internet connection if you neighbour has not secured his network :D

    Note - Always secure your home network. Change the default admin password of your router! Use encryption! Set up a list of trusted MAC addresses! Say no to free-loaders:eek:
  3. extraextra macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2006
    Files don't more in the air, the wireless internet's signal is in the air.

    And yes, you're correct. Although wireless is never quite as fast as ethernet!
  4. FederalAgent thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2007
    ...but the difference in downloading speed wont be like 60kb/s with ethernet and 6kb/s with airport wireless airport, correct?? And browsing net wont be like surfing with 56k modem??
  5. Tymmz macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2005
    I have a "standard" wifi-connection and can download with around 240kb/s.

    Get the new Airport Extreme and you'll be more than fine.

    You get the fastest "wireless-speed" available (I think) and you don't have to worry about setting the box up. It's supposed to be really, really easy.

    I think you should go with an Apple-solution.

    Like they said before: secure your internet connection and router
  6. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    The point is this:

    Your INTERNET connection is slower than your home network. So your home network will never be what's slowing you down when you surf the net.

    The only time you'd notice a difference between wireless versus wired is when copying files over your home network: e.g. copying a 50 MB movie will take a lot longer using wireless compared to a wired network.

    But downloading the same movie from the Internet will take the same amount of time, whether you're using a wired or wireless network.

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