How to make sure I use N-speed for wireless?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by lapino, Oct 24, 2009.

  1. lapino macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2009
    I recently installed a new wireless router (Linksys 320N) but I got a feeling that my network speeds (especially copying files to/from my NAS) isn't exactly faster. It is very fast using Gigabit Ethernet but not so with wifi (very slow in fact, surfing is ok).

    Is there a way to check if I'm using N-speeds for wifi?
  2. chas0001 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2006
    Alicante, SPAIN
    You can open the Network Utility application and choose the Airport network interface in the list. It should list the 'Link Speed'.

    Also Option or ALT click the airport icon in the menu bar and it should give you additional wireless information.

    EDIT: Sorry I am assuming you are using Snow Leopard. Although Network Utility is part of Leopard also.
  3. stuarthatto macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2008
    Make sure there are no 11b/g devices also using the router.
  4. lapino thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2009
    My itouch and PS3 are also using the router, and those are not N speed. I can setup my router to only use N-speeds but then my PS3/iTouch won't be able to use wifi. Network utility says:

    144 MBit/sec
    Wireless Network Adaptor (802.11a/b/g/n)
    RSSI -67
    Transmit Rate 65
    MCS Index 5
    PHY Mode: 802.11n

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