802.11ac Wi-Fi???

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by No Regrets, Aug 15, 2014.

  1. No Regrets macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2011
    Sorry for being technically challenged, but I have what may sound like a stupid question.

    I'm contemplating getting either the late 2013 MBP 15" or the Mid 2014 MBP 15".

    I see that for wireless they use 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Does that mean I need to get a new router, or will my old Linksys 802.11a/b/g still work?

    If my old one will still work with this new computer, will there be a drawback?

    Thanks for being willing to help this old fart out!


    So sorry, but I think I just found the answer....If I understand it correctly, the new computer would still be comparable with my old router.

    Please let me know if I'm wrong.
  2. jonbravo77 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 20, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    It is backwards compatible. You just won't get the performance that ac offers. But it will still work just fine.
  3. 556fmjoe macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2014
    It will be backwards compatible with 802.11n routers, but will only run at 802.11n speeds in that scenario.
  4. No Regrets thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2011
    That's good to know. I appreciate both of yours replies.
    Best wishes!
    No Regrets

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