802.11n question

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by newmacfilm, Mar 18, 2008.

  1. newmacfilm macrumors newbie

    Feb 27, 2008
    i'm getting a new mbp and i see the wireless is 802.11n...if you have this new mbp do you need to update your wireless modem?
  2. deadpixels macrumors 6502a

    Oct 30, 2006
    no, it's backward compatible with 802.11 b/g so no problem.
  3. newmacfilm thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 27, 2008
  4. a4abt macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2008
    your wireless router probably is 802.11g, which will work fine with the MBP. 802.11g offers speed of up to 54Mbps. 802.11n offers twice that transmission speed and often has better range depending on the router model.
  5. PowerBookRelic macrumors 6502

    Mar 7, 2008
    Just curious, if you are hooked up to local cable internet, do you see an advantage to having the n protocol? Besides the increase in range, I get nowhere near 54 mbs, obviously, so why would doubling that increase the speed of my internet? Maybe I am missing something?
  6. squeeks macrumors 68040


    Jun 19, 2007
    well, im guessing he is talking about a wireless router, as there are no wireless modems that i know of...(just the modem no switch)

    so he might want it for file transfer or other things like that

    but yeah wireless internet isnt going to be much over 20mbps but he isnt asking that question, he just wants to know if his new MBP is going to work with his existing hardware or if he has to upgrade

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