1st mac; How do I tell the wifi speed?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by cmos2000, Feb 15, 2008.

  1. cmos2000 macrumors newbie

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    I am a new user and I just got my first mac tonight (air) and I have a question. How do you figure out what the wireless connection speed is for the wireless network you are on? For example if i join a wireless network how can i figure out if it a g or n or b connection and the speed of the link?

    windows xp it would tell me the wireless connection speed i.e. 11mbs for a b network.

    thanks,
    Peter
     
  2. mediaguru macrumors regular

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    Go to Applications folder -> Utilities folder -> Network Utility. Select your Airport adapter (usually Network Interface en1)
     
  3. cmos2000 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the help. that was exactly what I was looking for. I am currently working my way through a "tour" of leopard for new users.
    Peter
     
  4. mediaguru macrumors regular

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    Glad the info helped. I also like this free dashboard widget as it shows information about bandwidth usage and IP addresses.

    BTW, welcome to the Mac. :)
     
  5. dvd macrumors regular

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    Slick trick: Hold the option key and mouseclick the Wifi "fan" in the menu bar, it will tell you your MAC address, channel, RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indicator) and transmit rate. always just a click away!
     
  6. Pinelli macrumors newbie

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    Couldn't get this working, but got 54MBps in the Network Utility.

    Interestingly, when running my Intel Mac Mini in Windows, I can get 108Mbps!

    So, my connection speed is faster when in windows than OSX.

    I am assuming this is a driver thing. Can I get updated drivers for OSX?
     
  7. xyzeugene macrumors newbie

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    Belkin N+ vs Airport Extreme

    I get 130Mbps@5Mhz in OSX...then again I got Belkin N+ router which says on the box it can go 300Mbps...I am curious if the airport is faster...


     

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