Airport Extreme WDS 802.11n and 802.11g question

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by austinsevo, Jun 9, 2008.

  1. austinsevo macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2008
    Sherman Oaks: California
    im working with a client that is using WDS on their airports. They have some 802.11N airports and some 802.11G airports. they are all connected but my client wants to know is by having G airports in the network is it bringing down the N capable airports down to G? or is it just switching that G airport comes within range.


  2. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    if anything G is connected, the speed is slower. so if there are G units in a WDS setup then yes it's running G.
    Plus WDS is inherently slower. basically each base station runs at half speed (half in from main base, half out to wireless client).

    I highly recommend hardwiring the remote base stations if possible.

    and make 2 separate networks (MyNetwork-G, MyNetwork-N or something)

    if the base stations are wired, and all settings (SSID & security) are the same, the laptop will automatically and seamlessly switch to the strongest signal.
    Choose different and widely spaced channels though to avoid interference.
    You also want to set Connection sharing under internet to "off (bridged mode)" which will make the wirelss an extension of the wired network.

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