Need Help with Understanding 802.11n, and what Router to Choose

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by andreab35, Jan 23, 2009.

  1. andreab35 macrumors 6502a

    andreab35

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    Location:
    USA
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    Hey guys!

    Alright, here are the devices in my house that use the internet:
    - MacBook Air Rev. B (802.11n)
    - 2 iPhones (1 1st. gen, and 1 3G)
    - 1 Wii
    - One USB printer (Canon Pixima MP480)
    - One Gateway M275 Laptop (802.11g)
    - One Emachines desktop (connects via ethernet)

    Now, I've noticed a complete slowdown on internet connection, especially when my MacBook Air is wirelessly connected. When the MacBook Air is connected, everything comes to a complete drag in performance.
    I currently have an Actiontec router that was supplied to me by Verizon DSL. Now I'm thinking that it can't handle all my devices in my home anymore. The router supports, a/b/g . The Gateway is a g wireless connection.

    Now, is is the complete slowdown on my wireless network because of my MacBook Air, just because it has 802.11n technology? Because when I shut my Air off, the laptop and everything else is back to normal. Even my MacBook Air wireless speeds are extremely sluggish.

    So, I think I will be buying a new router. It is either between the choice of an Airport Base station that plugs into the wall, or an Airport Extreme.

    Which do you recommend? I was chatting online with an Apple Store representative and they recommended the Airport Extreme.

    I just want to make sure I'm making the right move here so I do not purchase a router for nothing.

    Thanks for all the advice! I really appreciate it a lot! :)
     
  2. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030

    crazzyeddie

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    Location:
    Florida, USA
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    Airport Extreme.

    Since you have a wired computer and a printer, the Airport Extreme will allow you to connect these devices. The printer will be shared over the network to all of your computers.
     

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