How to know which wireless is macbook pro using?

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  1. JohnFloyd macrumors newbie

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    I have a 2007 macbook pro 15 inch. I bought a wireless router that sends out both g and n signals. I know the ipod touch uses g signal.... but is there a way to confirm if the macbook pro is using the n signal?

    i went to preferences/network/airport, but couldnt find anywhere which states the band of signal it is using. THanks!
     
  2. bruleke macrumors 6502

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    There it is something I always wanted to know.:confused:
     
  3. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    It will use the newest tech that the network allows.
     
  4. JohnFloyd thread starter macrumors newbie

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    but does it show anywhere in OSX that its using the N signal (i.e. the 5GHz band)?

    I have a windows computer and it was selecting the G signal (2.4Ghz) by default, until I selected it to choose the N one.
     
  5. Dwalls90 macrumors 601

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    If your router has the ability to track the data sent or received, or the rate, you can tell there. N will broadcast at 130 or 144 or 150mbps, G will broadcast at 54mbps.
     
  6. bruleke macrumors 6502

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    I know I can trust Apple will absolutely do it, but how can I confirm? I mean... visually? Like:

    "Hi, I am a PC!"
    -"And I am a Mac using the ___ (G/B/N) wireless"
    :p
     
  7. jazzdan macrumors newbie

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    Check out network utility, then select from your drop box the network interface. If the speed is greater than 54 mbps then you are on an 802.11n connection.
     
  8. Hberg macrumors member

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    Use the System Profiler in the Utilities Folder. View the Airport Card information. If the Wireless Channel information shows a three digit number, it is using "N." I don't know the specific number range, but I do know that any time I am connected using "N" it is typically a three digit number.
     
  9. JohnFloyd thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I am getting 300mbps..... seems too high. Shoudlnt it be like 130 if it was N?
     

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  10. JohnFloyd thread starter macrumors newbie

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    can anyone plz tell me if this the speed posted in network utility is representative of wireless N?

    I knew that N ran at 130mbps, so 300mbps might indicate something else...
     
  11. 1ne macrumors regular

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    300mbps is Wireless N. It can also be in 2.4Ghz or 5GHz.
     
  12. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...what router are you using?

    If its the new apple sim dual band it can broadcast both signals at full strength.

    If its not, and you use "mixed mode" you will only be broadcasting at the lower strength...
     
  13. CarcinogenX macrumors member

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    My cable company is RoadRunner in SoCal and states speeds up to 10mbps+

    I have a 54G wireless router

    I have a PC with a 54G wireless network card

    I have a MBP with wireless N

    PC consistently gets 5.6mbps (over the last 3 years)

    MBP consistently gets 10.6mbps (since I have owned it)

    WTF?
     
  14. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    I'm guessing the 300mbps means it's using Wireless N, usually dual-channel and your router most probably connects with 5Ghz, right?
     

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