Poor Wireless Speeds using Airport Extreme Base Station

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  1. Just1nCase macrumors member

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    I've recently upgraded into a faster Internet Provider, but for some, I'm still getting poor internet speeds using my Airport Extreme Base Station (Model # A1034) when using my Wifi.

    When connected via Wifi, I'm getting at least 1-3/Mbps downstream while I can achieve 10-15/Mbps when wired.

    What's causing this drastic downstream speed difference between Wifi and wired? Do you think it's time for a new wireless router?

    Any thoughts? Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. lOUDsCREAMEr macrumors regular

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    u definitely need a newer router, such as the new airport extreme/express which supports the latest 802.1n.

    u may also need a usb wifi 802.1n wifi dongle/receiver if your computer is too old and does not support 802.1n :)
     
  3. Just1nCase thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks, I believe it's about time to upgrade my router to one that offers 802.11n. I mean, why not? My laptop currently supports 802.11n, but I would need to purchase the upgrade from Apple first (I have the Intel Core 2 Duo Macbook Pro). But for older laptops, would they need a wifi n dongle to work with the router? or can it run both g and n to avoid the inconvenience?

    Also, the Apple Extreme Base Stations are pretty pricey ($179.00). Is it really worth it or is there any other wireless routers that offer a more affordable option, but still provide the same performance?

    I don't plan on attaching any printers or hard drives to my router. Please let me know.

    Thanks,
    Justin
     
  4. lOUDsCREAMEr macrumors regular

    lOUDsCREAMEr

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    if you are not a heavy user (e.g. peer-to-peer file sharing) & dont need those advanced functions, a cheaper N router should be fine. last time i check a cheap N router can be as cheap as ~US$30 here in Hong Kong.

    older G notebooks can also connect to a N router, if your N router is configured to operate in B+G+N compatible mode, but the speed is limited to G if your notebook dont have the N wifi dongle.
     

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  5. Intell macrumors P6

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    IF you don't feel like spending extra money and still want an Apple product try an Express. But make sure you are aware of it's limitations before you buy one.
     

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