Could I improve the speed of my iMac by....

Discussion in 'iMac' started by one1, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. one1 macrumors 65816

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    Changing my router?

    I'm on an old Apple teardrop router right now. My Imac seems like it has the potential to do whatever I need of it. It's the newer Aluminum 2.4ghz, 4gb ram, 320gb HD.

    Just looking to make the Sarari interweb as fast as possible on my iMac.

    Currently on my old teardrop Apple G router I'm getting the following speeds from all these speed tests sites:


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  2. Aranince macrumors 65816

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    Your router won't change the speed of your iMac, it will only help the speed of your internet. The speed you posted is actually very good.
     
  3. one1 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Right, that's why I wanted to emphasize:

    I figured the N-router might help, but was unsure of how much.
     
  4. yetanotherdave macrumors 68000

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    wireless G will run faster than your internet. N will only help when 1)internet gets faster than wireless G and 2)when moving files around between computers wirelessly on your home network.
     
  5. TstAllTruth macrumors newbie

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    Routing speed doesn't = improved iMac performance

    The speed you perceive on your local LAN or wireless network has very little to do with how fast your iMac is performing. They're two completely separate events. As the previous poster noted, improving your local router won't help much at all..

    We may be talking semantics here though, as you may be referring to how fast your downloads and uploads are operating as some measure of your iMac's performance. There are so many other factors involved that are external to your iMac, such as the medium you're attached to -- e.g., Cable Modem -vs.- DSL, the efficiency of your network interface, driver, etc..

    For example, on the "medium topic" DSL lines offer a max. speed of 1.5 Mbps (million-bits-per-second), whereas a Cable connection can be up to 6.0 Mbps. However, once you get on cable and are in a relatively busy residential area where there are several people in your neighborhood connected to the same stream, your effective speed starts slowing down in a very measurable way.

    I have cable and at certain times of the day it just screams for both uploads and downloads. But when I attempt to upload during times when most people are home and off work (like nights and weekends..), its another story.

    Cheers,
    TstAllTruth.;)
     
  6. one1 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    We already cleared this up in post 3, I feel. :)
     
  7. davidwarren macrumors 6502a

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  8. trip1ex macrumors 68000

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    It's unclear what your speedtest is measuring.

    Also unclear what you mean by Safari interweb.

    Are you asking if a wireless N router will make your local network faster aka transfers between computers on the local network? Sure if everything is wireless N it will.

    It would only make your connection to the internet faster if your internet provider provides you with faster speeds than wireless G. Like maybe if you have top of the line FIOS from Verizon.
     

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