802.11n (2.4GHz) or (5GHz)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mag2001, Jul 7, 2007.

  1. mag2001 macrumors 6502

    May 24, 2007
    San Antonio, TX
    Which one do i use i had it on 2.4 but my cordless phones are 2.4 so is it ok to switch it to 5ghz? when the phone rings my wireless signal goes out sometimes
  2. southbark macrumors regular

    Dec 15, 2006
    you can change the channel that it uses there are 11 channels on 2.4 ghz or just keep using the 5 ghz
  3. polycat33 macrumors 6502

    Jul 1, 2007
    Alexandria, VA
    Hey, how do you check what channel a wireless phone is on? We have a couple in the house and have been having a lot of trouble with the signal dropping out frequently. I tried to check everything but had no idea how to figure out if the wireless phones were possible interfering.
  4. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    Is there any difference in range between 2.4 and 5? Any other differences? Performance?
  5. iW00t macrumors 68040


    Nov 7, 2006
    Defenders of Apple Guild
  6. srexy macrumors 6502a

    Nov 19, 2006
  7. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    leave it on 2.4ghz, channel 11, and turn on interfearance robustness..

    or go 5ghz and loose the reach but gain a tad but of speed..

    really depends what u want
  8. sycho macrumors 6502a


    Oct 7, 2006
    But it won't be affected by Microwaves and concret walls.;)
  9. keenkreations macrumors regular

    May 20, 2005
    The range should not be a worry, since going into the 5Ghz range would give you less chance of interference and faster speeds, if you configure your router to run ONLY in N mode. Of course, your internet experience is not going to go any faster than it is capped at, but you can transfer files over your LAN at faster speeds.
    However, do not run in 5Ghz if you want backwards compatibility for b/g wireless cards. Examples can include friends or relatives coming over and they do not have the new N cards in their systems, etc.
  10. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    I have my B/G Extreme a yard or so from my N Extreme (set to 5GHz 802.11n-only) and the range of the 5GHz n-only network exceeds the G network. Maybe it's the lack of interference on the 5GHz freq? :confused:
  11. sfisher macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2007
    Albuquerque, NM USA
    FWIW: My experience is that using 802.11a (5GHz) drains the battery in laptops faster than when using 802.11b/g (2.4GHz). This is with my work laptop (a PC) and I'm not sure if acts in the same way when using 802.11n.
  12. sfisher macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2007
    Albuquerque, NM USA
    Check the manufacturer's web site or the paperwork that came with it if you still have it? The average wireless phone these days is probably 2.4GHz, except for the really cheap ones that are still 900MHz or the more expensive ones that are 5GHz.

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