AirPort Extreme 802.11n network... 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by ravenvii, Sep 5, 2007.

  1. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    I saw in AirPort settings that you can set a 802.11n network to be 2.4 GHz (b/g compatible) and 5 GHz (a compatible). I set my AirPort up to be 802.11n-only, so I'm wondering which one is better?
  2. Jack Flash macrumors 65816

    May 8, 2007
    Set it to 5 GHz 802.11n only. You will be able to get a higher real world speed out of it.
  3. macleod199 macrumors 6502

    Mar 10, 2007
    5 GHz can be better speed-wise, especially if you use wide-channels. There's also fewer things to interfere with it there (microwave ovens, some cordless phones (although they're moving to 5 GHz as well), other WLANs) You'll have two possible problems, though:

    1) signals in the 5 GHz range don't travel as far or penetrate walls as well as those in the 2.4 GHz
    2) if people come over to your house with anything other than a 802.11a or 802.11n card (and most 802.11n cards don't even support 5 GHz, other than Apple's), they won't be able to connect to your network.

    If you can connect fine everywhere in your house/apartment at 5 GHz, and the only wireless devices you use are newish Apple ones, I'd go for it. You can always switch it to 2.4 GHz if people come over. If you have a big place and/or regularly have people over with old hardware, stick with the 2.4 GHz b/g/n mode.

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