Hot To Get 300Mbps on 2.4Ghz N Router?

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  1. jlin615 macrumors regular

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    I've seen several N routers that offers speed up to 270Mbps/300Mbps when on 2.4Ghz, such the Netgear WNR2000, and LinkSys WRT610N.

    I just bought the Netgear WNR2000 myself. According to Network Utility, I'm only getting link rate 130Mbits/s on my C2D MBP and C2D MB. :confused:
     
  2. LinMac macrumors 65816

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    Do you have it in 802.11g compatibility mode?
     
  3. jlin615 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Got the router set to "Up to 300Mbps"
     
  4. kastenbrust macrumors 68030

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    Its only possible if the computer is 0.00mm away from the wireless box and in a vacuum with not even air between them.

    Basically its only a theoretical speed, you cant ever actually reach it.

    150 to 180 MBP/S is the max you'll get.

    Things suchs such as radiators near by reduce the speed massively. As do having walls in between you and the Wireless Router, especially walls with pipes in etc.

    Using a bluetooth mouse or other bluetooth device near your computer will also slow your wireless speed.

    Hell, even the air slows your wireless signal, and im not joking.

    http://www.barefeats.com/net80211n.html

    http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9019472
     
  5. jlin615 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I tried it literally 3 feet away from the router. Both the MBP and MB only gets 130Mbits/s.
     
  6. kastenbrust macrumors 68030

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    The range to speed loss is exponential.
    If you read the links you'll understand why your not getting the full speeds.
     
  7. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    If you can, enable Dual Band. It'll double your bandwidth even at a distance.
     
  8. PLin macrumors 6502

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    I've played with a few different 802.11n routers. The only way to achieve a 270 or 300Mbps connection is to get a router that supports 5GHz wide band. I don't know if it's a hardware limitation or a driver restriction, but with Mac notebooks, you just can't take advantage of 2.4GHz wide band, so you'll never get more than 130Mbps.

    I learned this the hard way. First, I got the Belkin N1 Vision, and then the D-Link DIR-655, which are both 2.4GHz routers, and I couldn't achieve more than 130Mbps.

    At the time, all 5GHz routers were still expensive, so I ended getting the Apple AirPort Extreme and configured it for 5GHz wide band. All of my Macs can either connect at 270 or 300Mbps now. Don't expect to come close to seeing real world transfers at those speeds though. When I'm within a few feet of the router, I've seen speeds as high as 10MB/s, which is only 80Mbps. With a 2.4GHz connection, I think I was able to achieve only 6MB/s (48Mbps).
     
  9. jlin615 thread starter macrumors regular

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    That makes sense. I guess when on 2.4Ghz, Mac notebooks' N card are default to link rate of 130Mbps and when on 5Ghz it default to 270-300.

    Also I assume 2.4Ghz is the best compatible when using G/N devices, only N devices use 5Ghz.
     
  10. a4abt macrumors regular

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    My Apple Airport Extreme wireless AP gives me ~300Mbps only on the 5GHz band. Not all my devices support the 5GHz band so I have to run on the 2.4GHz.
     
  11. ntrigue macrumors 68040

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    I only achieved 270MB/s when my Time Capsule was two feet away from my laptop.

    I moved to a new house and installed the Time Capsule 20 feet away with a few walls in between and was getting sub-100MB/s.
     
  12. jlin615 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I guess you are set on 5Ghz N-only mode?
     
  13. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I have 5-GHz set up and the signal reception doesn't extend as far I would like it to.

    I have a Linksys WRT600N which is dual band and that thing extends far.
     
  14. dturano547 macrumors newbie

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    Just setup my WRT610Nv2, it's dual band but at the same time, not like a lot out there where you select which band you want to use.

    On 2.4 I only get 144mbs, switch to the other broadcasting network and I get 300mbps.

    I was afraid I wasnt going to be satisfied with this router but I def am happy with the upgrade from my previous crappy router.

    Not sure you what you paid but this router which is a $$$ compared to others can be had for around $160. I was looking at a cheaper D-link that seems to do the same as this router but I have bad experiences with D-link routers.
     
  15. yoshiki321 macrumors newbie

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    I bought i5 MBP (MC700ZP/A) few month and observed same problem with wireless connection at 150Mbps, but I have a NB with Win XP and can get 300Mbps at this time, so I don't understand why the MBP cannot get it?

    My Using Router is: TP-LINK WR841ND
    http://www.tp-link.com/en/products/prodetail.aspx?mid=010303010101&id=2430
     

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