Is anyone using the Wi-FI ac yet?

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  1. nouveau-apple macrumors 6502a

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    apple put a new wifi mode in their iphone. i would just like to know the uptake on it.
     
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  3. Surf Monkey macrumors 68030

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    I have an 802.11ac AirPort Extreme and once I realized I have to manually set my phone to the 5ghz version of my network to take advantage of it my throughput jumped up dramatically.
     
  4. perezr10 macrumors 6502a

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    I have a Linksys AC router but I haven't noticed much difference.
     
  5. tdale macrumors 65816

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    How did you do that? Ive wondered in a 2.4/5 router what is automatic and what has to be set in the router and device settings
     
  6. wxman2003 Suspended

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    I have the new Airport TC. It's not going to increase your wifi speed when using your phone. You are only going to be as fast and your isp. However, connecting iphone to my iMac, uses ac. My iMac is connected with an ethernet cable to router. My speeds between the 2 are around 250 Mbs. It would be faster, but I am using a 2011 iMac. Here are my speeds between my iPhone and iMac.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. Surf Monkey macrumors 68030

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    Simple. The 5ghz version is listed in the networks available to join when you go to log in. Just join that one instead of your normal network. Looks like this:

    Yournetworkname

    Yournetworkname 5ghz

    Both will accept the same password.
     
  8. dcharleyultra macrumors 6502

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    This is typical for me:

    IPhone 5s
    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1416091143.335281.jpg

    Iphone 6 Plus
    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1416091171.188163.jpg
     
  9. GoSh4rks macrumors 6502

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    These shots tell nothing about your local connection. Both speeds are well within 802.11n capabilities, especially when you have a strong signal, as you do here.
     
  10. nateo200 macrumors 68030

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    No because 5GHz sucks :D I have a hard enough time trying to get 2.4GHz to propagate decently in my house let alone 5GHz. Eventually I'll get an AC router but likely when I get my own apartment (in a while). For my 802.11n router with directional antennas is doing the job.
     
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    Never understood the whole WiFi frequencies and naming scheme. I just know the device works with the router we got lol
     
  12. Act3 macrumors 65816

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    I have my 6 and air 2 connected to AC via airport extreme. Don't really transfer many large files back and forth from my computer to my iPhone, really don't notice any difference as the limitation is the speed of my internet provider.
     
  13. cababah macrumors 68000

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    I have the Apple AirPort Extreme with 802.11ac. Web browsing isn't that different but file download and transfers just fly. The 5GHz range is a lot better than what I was expecting too.
     
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    Is anyone using the Wi-FI ac yet?

    I'm using the 5ghz speed on my 6 plus and AppleTV. The modem connects straight into the Airport TC, then I have an Airport Express extending the network. The signal strength is great. Can't say that for the upload and download speed, as I'm only on ADSL 2, at the moment. Saying that it doesn't take long to load up pages on Safari and AppleTV works just the same as when I had a faster cable connection!

    iPhone 6 plus, tested with 2.4 and 5.0 ghz WiFi. No difference in speed!
    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1416095514.146259.jpg

    iMac Ethernet connection to modem - ADSL2. Same speed as WiFi!
    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1416096655.201898.jpg
     
  15. wxman2003 Suspended

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    It's using ac. I have my 5 GHZ named differently. I have my phone connected to the that. I use the istumblr app on my iMac. It shows that the 5 GHZ band is using ac, not b, g or n. So the 255 Mbs speed I posted is from using the 5 GHZ band which for me is ac.

    From the app

    [​IMG]
     
  16. Surf Monkey macrumors 68030

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    Weird, because 5ghz propagates better in my house and results in cleaner, more reliable connections.
     
  17. Erphern macrumors 6502

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    It's a higher frequency so it really can't propagate better, but it may well avoid interference. :)

    I found that one ac AirPort Extreme didn't cover my house well, but two (using one as a range extender) do a fantastic job!
     
  18. dcharleyultra macrumors 6502

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    The first and third entries for 5GHz:
    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1416102332.054829.jpg
     
  19. geoff5093 macrumors 68020

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    You don't need to do that, both 2.4GHz and 5GHz can use the same SSID, and the phone will prefer 5GHz as long as the signal is strong. The only two issues with this is one, you don't know at a glance if you are able to get the higher throughput, and two, if you are coming into range of your network it will see 2.4GHz first and connect to that, and likely stay connected unless the signal drops. The best thing in this case is to toggle WiFi off and on when you are inside.

    5GHz doesn't propagate better, you get much shorter range than 2.4GHz, although there is less interference.
     
  20. Surf Monkey macrumors 68030

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    Depends on what kind of propagation you're talking about. 5ghz has shorter range, but the shorter wavelength is better at penetrating walls and getting into smaller spaces than the larger 2.5ghz waves.
     
  21. osofast240sx macrumors 68030

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    It's insane on my 6+
     

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  22. Erphern macrumors 6502

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    You have that backwards. Higher frequencies lose more energy going through walls.
     
  23. geoff5093 macrumors 68020

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    ^ This.

    The higher the frequency, the more reflection you get off objects. The lower 2.4GHz travels further, and travels through walls and objects better.
     
  24. GoSh4rks macrumors 6502

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    Wasn't talking about your screenshot.

    What I'm saying is that using Speedtest doesn't show you if being on the AC network is actually any better being on than an N network. The speeds you are seeing are well within the real-world capabilities of N with the solid signal that you have.

    I'm not doubting that you're on AC.
     
  25. nouveau-apple thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    WiFi AC looks to be a godsend if you're getting 200 down!!! :eek:
     

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