Can Airport Express Handle 24mbit connection?

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  1. Soulstorm macrumors 68000

    Soulstorm

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    I have an airport express, connected through a modem in my phone line. I currently have a 2mbit connection.

    Airport seems to handle it well, however I am changing my connection to 24mbit. So, my question is:

    Can it handle those transfer rates? Airport epxress is wirelessly connected to my PS3 and my Intel iMac 17". I want to be able to download at the fastest rate possible through my iMac, and when I play games through my PS3, I want to be able to experience the lag I would have if I used a direct connection.

    What can you tell me about this?

    EDIT: Also, I have an Intel iMac 17" with ATI X1600 inside... Do you know if these models support the n wireless protocol?
     
  2. rds macrumors regular

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    Wireless (G) speeds can vary dramatically between devices (I don't know any figures for the Airport Express.) What I do know is, if you actually receive 24Mbps, a G device will not be sufficient.

    A wireless N product would be better but unfortunately, your iMac is G and you would need to hook up a compatible N ethernet adaptor to your PS3 as that is also G.
     
  3. Soulstorm thread starter macrumors 68000

    Soulstorm

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    Thanks for your answer. Actually, I receive 12 mbits, at best. Is that OK with G?

    And, final question: My airport express has 3 modes of operation:

    b only.
    b/g compatible.
    g only.

    I have computers that will not accept g, so I have set "b/g" compatible. What is the difference between that and "g only" in terms of speed and connectivity?
     
  4. screensaver400 macrumors 6502a

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    The maximum theoretical (i.e., never reached) speed of 802.11g is 54mbps. 802.11b's maximum theoretical is 11mbps.

    b/g mode allows both b and g devices access, at a performance hit. The theoretical maximum for b/g (not written into the spec, of course) would be around 30mbps, with actual speeds a bit lower. It would be better to get all devices on your network to 802.11g, but if not, b/g is an okay second choice.
     
  5. allebone macrumors newbie

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    Check for Specs on the net as to Apple Airport capability to handle that much routing capability. I use Airport to do my wireless, but use it in bridging mode, and have a QOS capable router handle the NAT and routing portion. I do network intense work in my line of work, so I employ serious Quality of Service to make sure I can get my full paid-for service level.

    Just a comment.
     
  6. fireloss macrumors member

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    I am just wondering - when I use the 802.11g setting, I cannot select anything more than 24Mbps from the drop down menu. Does this mean that the Airport Extreme Base Station is defective?
     

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