5 Ghz Sucks

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  1. aidricksdad macrumors regular

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    the only time it is faster than 2.4 is whem its within ten feet from the devices and no walls to block it...what is the point? if it has to be that close then why not just use wires


    im so sad
     
  2. david279 macrumors member

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    yea walls kill 5GHz. The speed is nice though.:rolleyes:
     
  3. aidricksdad thread starter macrumors regular

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  5. Pixellated macrumors 65816

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    As long as the router is outdoors... :rolleyes:
     
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    and in the dark,
    and over by that tree,
    and with a bumble bee,
    and with a cat named Ted,
    and a dog that is red,
    i really do think,
    that you would in the sink,
    and im surley sure,
    that wires would be the cure
     
  8. andiwm2003 macrumors 601

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    i don't see a problem in our house. it's made of wooden walls. am i missing something?
     
  9. david279 macrumors member

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    Is that Dr. Seuss?
     
  10. aidricksdad thread starter macrumors regular

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    a roof if all you have is walls
     
  11. aidricksdad thread starter macrumors regular

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    its dr. 5 ghz

    i have 2 little children and i read to them a lot
    i have even started talking like that in my normal life
     
  12. andiwm2003 macrumors 601

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    LOL. that's why it gets so wet in my house when it rains. but still the wifi works fine.
     
  13. david279 macrumors member

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    I have it in my house too but the range isn't that great with the walls. I have a express to help extend but even with that its not as reliable as 2.4GHz. When a 5GHz signal drops it drops fast.
     
  14. aidricksdad thread starter macrumors regular

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    at starbucks:

    can i please have a brew,
    not one but two,
    and maybe a muffin,
    the one with blueberry stuffin,
    thanx heres my visa,
    does starbucks sell pizza?
    i really dont know,
    but now i must go
     
  15. motulist macrumors 601

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    I presume you're talking about wifi signal transmission. If you use a transmitter with a more powerful amplifier then the signal should be stronger for a longer distance. I also presume that the signal strength is limited by law to prevent interference with other devices on that stretch of spectrum, but I'm sure that you can mod your transmitter to output a stronger signal.
     
  16. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    5 GHz doesn't refer to speed. It's the frequency. I can send more data packets per second using 5 GHz than 2.4 GHz.
     
  17. aidricksdad thread starter macrumors regular

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    my imac is about 12 feet from my router seperated by a wall cuz its in the closet, and my apple tv is dowstairs acrous the house about 30 feet away and sometimes the apple tv wont even pick it up on 5ghz
     
  18. motulist macrumors 601

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    Well you're right if you're talking about the actual signal itself. You can't change the laws of physics, the speed of an electromagnetic wave through air will always be about 3 x10^8 m/s. But by increasing the wave's frequency you can send more data per second, which means a faster speed at which you can transmit data.
     
  19. Mr. Wonderful macrumors 6502a

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    I agree. The 5Ghz band is just about useless, especially when the current Macbook seemingly can't connect to both the 2.4 and 5Ghz bands at the same time.
     
  20. err404 macrumors 68020

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    Yes, it's the signal frequency; however the reason for adding 5Ghz to the n spec wasn't just to obtaining a higher theoretical speed. The larger issue is in congested areas, like apartment complexes, you may have a dozen or more 2.4Ghz routers in range. This interference makes it very difficult to obtain even 54mb/s performance yet alone anything approaching n-spec speeds. In my area I get 270mb/s on 5ghz but only 50mb/s on 2.4Ghz

    If you are an a low interference area, by all means use 2.4Ghz. Your best bet is to simply test both out and see what works best with your setup.
     
  21. david279 macrumors member

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    Dont give apple that idea. they'll bring out macbook with dual band in 2 months and move my first generation unibody further down the family tree.:eek:
     

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