Just bought an Aiport Extreme Base Station... question about wireless N settings

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by spin360, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. spin360 macrumors member

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    I heard somewhere that if anyone on your network has a wireless G card that it will effectively nullify wireless N? So in essence I'd lose the benefit of having a wireless N router? I'm not sure if I read it right when I did. My roommate has an older Toshiba laptop with a wireless G card, I have a new aluminum Macbook with a wireless N card. Ideas? Suggestions? Thanks.
     
  2. plinden macrumors 68040

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    There is an effect, but it's not as bad as dropping from N -> G speeds. I'm on a mixed network at home, and my MBP (wireless N) is about 5x faster than my wife's older MB (wireless G).

    I actually haven't tested it wireless N only, since that would kick a printer, iPhone and two Macs off the network.
     
  3. greatestash macrumors member

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    Speed difference

    well you will not feel any internet download speed differences with other devices using your internet connection and airport working in b/g/n mode. But yeah there is lot of speed difference in copying files over N network instead of b/g network.
     
  4. spin360 thread starter macrumors member

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    Would the range of the router be affected in any way due to the mixed nature?
     
  5. alphaod macrumors Core

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    No, only the transmission rates.
     

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