Testing Airport Extreme speed? Or Checking is type N connected?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by TheNightPhoenix, Mar 8, 2008.

  1. TheNightPhoenix macrumors 6502

    Dec 16, 2005
    Hi all,

    Got myself a spiffy new airport extreme router.
    I have my imac hooked up via ethernet, and my macbook via wifi.

    I tried accessing an air disk share and it seems to be fairly reasonable over ethernet on the imac but when i use the macbook it seems soooo slow. :confused:

    What sort of transfer speeds should i be getting? I've managed to get about 6 meg a second of the disk via wifi.

    I was wondering if perhaps it was somehow connected a wireless b/g client instead of type n and I don't really know how to tell..

    Any ideas?
  2. AppleNewton macrumors 68000


    Apr 3, 2007
    1 Finite Place
    It really depends on the range and the if the iMac is using any network bandwidth when using the disk from the router.

    the best bet would be to check speeds for your MacBook & iMac is to goto

    and to check your Wireless card range is to go here:
    Applications > Utilities > Network Configuration (i believe thats what its called) the icon that resembles a radar

    then under the info tab it should say Wireless modes a/b/g/n
    or something to that extent if N is not present, then obviously its only topped off at the last letter's speed.

    hope that helps!
  3. Arran macrumors 601


    Mar 7, 2008
    Atlanta, USA
    Use Airport Utility to check the connection speed.

    Click on: Base Station --> Logs and Statistics --> Wireless Clients

    Check the column marked "Tx Rate". I usually see something between 130-270 for N mode clients (5Ghz, wide channel). On a seprate G-only Extreme, I normally see the clients maxing out at 56.
  4. basicfiend macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2007
    You can option-click on the airport icon on your computer to see network statistics.
  5. TheNightPhoenix thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 16, 2005
    Thanks for the help guys.

    I'm getting a transmit rate of 130. So I'm guessing that I am receiving type N.

    Just to give more detail, when I'm trying to access the air disk I've got no other network traffic going on and I'm actually in the same room as the router so distance is not the issue.

    I'm guessing everything is fine and that I'm just disappointed in the speed that type N offers over what ethernet offers. I'm surprised that Apple has made the time capsule if transfer speeds are this pony.

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