Macbook Pro Wireless 802.11ac Make a Difference?

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  1. Roosevelt macrumors newbie

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    I have a 2012 Macbook Pro with wireless N. Will upgrading to Wireless AC on a 2016 Macbook Pro make an appreciable speed difference?

    Thanks.

    Roosevelt.
     
  2. belvdr macrumors 603

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    It depends on what you're connecting to. If it's all local, it can have a definite impact. If you're talking Internet related, probably not.

    I also know you asked earlier about mesh networks. I will say that moving to my current gear increased my wireless coverage, which, I'm assuming, is due to beamforming. I really don't need the extender now.
     
  3. chevelleguy3 macrumors regular

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    It depends on if you have a wireless router capable of Wifi AC. If you do, it can make a huge difference on file transfers.

    I transfer several large files and also do a Time Machine backup to my Mac Mini server that's hardwired with a 1GB connection. My MacBook Pro is running on Wifi AC and it was a noticeable difference between it and my older MacBook Pro that is not AC.
     
  4. Roosevelt thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The wireless router is capable of 5Ghz (Comcast XB3 Box). Hopefully, the newer Wifi card will improve speed.
     
  5. belvdr macrumors 603

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    Is it 802.11n or 802.11ac though? 802.11n also supports 5Ghz.
     
  6. Roosevelt thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The router supports 802.11ac but my laptop is 802.11n.
     
  7. belvdr macrumors 603

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    For local transfers, you'd likely see a difference. For Internet transfers, my guess is you will not, unless you have extremely fast service (i.e. greater than 300-400Mb).
     
  8. rx7dude macrumors regular

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    I noticed a difference with file transfers on LAN but still not as fast as wired. At least for my setup.
     
  9. HDFan, Mar 16, 2017
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    HDFan macrumors 6502

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    When I upgraded to a Time Capsule AC my Speedtest speeds upstairs went from ~50 Mbps to ~175 Mbps (iPad Pro) and ~150 Mbps (Apple TV 4). Don't have any numbers for a 2016 Macbook Pro, or what kind of throughput you can get from a Comcast X3 box.

    Before committing I would try to find a device (phone, tablet, whatever) that supports AC and see what kind of results that you get in the location where you are going to use the MacBook. That's a lot of money wasted if the X3 doesn't deliver the bandwidth you want at that location.
     
  10. weckart macrumors 68040

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    It can do. As much as anything newer WiFi cards can be more powerful. With my 5th gen AEBS, I used to have to contend with neighbours' overpowering my router signals. Now with 802.11ac on both router and MBP theirs have taken the proverbial hike.
     

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