ac + n?

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  1. sergiobaschi, Jul 13, 2013
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    sergiobaschi macrumors regular

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    I have a 2012 Airport Extreme to provide the household's computers, iPads and phones. My iMac is located in the other end of the appartment, and it gets a download speed of about 45 Mb/s (located in the kitchen, where the AE is located, it gets 95-98 Mb/s). (We have a 100/10 Mb connection.)

    I'm thinking of getting the new ac capable AE, and use my old one as a signal strengthener half way to the iMac room. Assuming I'll buy some ac capable device (ie a new MBA), what effect will this have on the ac performance?
     
  2. brentsg macrumors 68040

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    Unless your second unit is wired, it will half your bandwidth to boost signal strength.

    The ac is on a different radio than the n, so it won't have any effect.
     
  3. iLukeJoseph macrumors 6502

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    Do you have the new AE? Cause saying it won't have "any" affect could very well be incorrect.

    OP this is based on MY experience. I had a mid-2011 TC and just purchased the new TC about a week ago. While I thoroughly enjoyed my old one. The new one does give me better range on both the 2.4 and 5ghz band.

    You may want to pick up a new AE and see if that does it for you without extending. Just make sure you buy it from a place with a solid return policy.
     
  4. brentsg macrumors 68040

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    I suppose I'm unclear what you're inferring.

    If the OP has one radio broadcasting ac and one radio broadcasting n, and he uses his old device as wireless repeater for the n network, how do you believe the n network will affect the ac network?
     
  5. Gav2k macrumors G3

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  6. sergiobaschi thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you all for your input. I have been thinking about getting home plugs, but a major advantage of using a repeater is that also other devices in the apartment would benefit from the higher signal strength.

    (It's actually pretty fun that I get pretty good signal strength when I'm in bed, but my girlfriend who's on the other side of the bed - like 0.7 meters further away from the router, gets rather bad signal strength... :) )

    I suppose the easiest way to find the best solution actually is to buy the new Extreme and test various setups at home, and see how the n and ac interact. I can borrow a friend's new MBA with ac capability to check speeds, as I will wait for another few months before I'll upgrade my current MBA to a new one.

    Once again thank you for suggestions and guidance.
     

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