How fast is Wireless N on a Time Machine?

deafgoose

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My ISP recently announced 120mpbs cable internet.

I am currently getting 60mbps and I am interested in upgrading to their 120mbps but I don't think my Apple Time Machine Wireless N is fast enough to keep up.

How can I test my Wireless N speeds?
 

Weaselboy

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The wired portion of your Time Capsule can certainly keep up, but wired you will likely only see around 100Mbps on a compatible wireless N device.
 

stefmesman

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I can reach above 120Mbs with my lateest gen time capsule and my early 2011 mbp wirelessly. (pure internet) the home network is around 300Mbs. (stream ofcourse) Speeds are quite fast since my mbp and the latest gen time capsule is because they both have 3 antennas. So theres no problem.
 

deafgoose

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Interesting. I am not sure what generation I have.

It's the 1TB version so I doubt it has 3 antenna's.
 

Nielsenius

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I recently did a read/write speed test on the hard drive that's attached to my AirPort Extreme. It was getting around 10 MB/s for both. Of course, over a wireless network there are a number of variables to consider, but I did the test right next to the router. 120 Mb/s is about 15 MB/s. Hope this helps a little.
 

Lennyvalentin

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It's the 1TB version so I doubt it has 3 antenna's.
Generation 3 (previous version) and gen. 4 (current) both have 3 antennas. The hardware in G4 TCs is basically unchanged, other than the brand and capacity of harddrives, and higher performance WiFi daughtercards installed. You get better range on the G4 and higher performance at lower signal strengths, but other than that they're comparable.
 
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