How to tell if an airport express is 802.11g or n?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by dingamahoo, Jul 17, 2009.

  1. dingamahoo macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2007
    I bought an airport express on ebay and set it up in my house to connect the printer in the office to the network. My airport express base station is 802.11g.

    But I'm going to build a Mac Mini media center around the base station and suppose that I should have the base station on 802.11n (it's faster, right?).

    So before I have to go out and buy a new 802.11n base station, I thought I'd try to figure out whether the airport express I got on ebay is "n" or "g." But I can't figure out how to get those specs on it.

    Thanks so much if you have a suggestion.
  2. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    You should get a base station that can simultaneously serve N-only at 5GHz and G-only (or B/G mixed) at 2.4 GHz.
  3. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    No longer logging into MR
    I'm not sure what question you're answering.

    Go here:

    and enter your serial number. It will then detail the specs on the device in question. If all you're doing is using the AE to enable remote printing, 802.11g is fine.
  4. dingamahoo thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2007
    By reading the "Airport Extreme Base Station (N & Dualband) and 7.4.2 - Videoplayback still stutters" thread, I'm starting to get what you're saying.

    The N side would serve the mac mini media center I'm building, while the G side would work with the airport express for the printer (and the iphones). Did I get this right?

    My only worry would be encountering the problems being encountered by the users in that other thread.

    And thanks for the replies.
  5. geoffreak macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    Just connect to it while you have iStat installed and look at the connection speed (theoretical). If it says 54Mb/s, you've got G, but 120-140 (can't remember exact number) mb/s is N.

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