Resolved What speed to expect over WiFi (rMBP)

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  1. dastinger, Sep 18, 2013
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    dastinger macrumors 6502a

    dastinger

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    Hey,

    My connection has a 120Mbit/s download speed and I can get that speed when connected using an Ethernet cable on my iMac. But, over WiFi, testing under the same conditions (but on my 2012 rMBP), all I can get is 70Mbit/s. The Router is Wireless N so I should be getting much more speed, right?
     
  2. cbautis2 macrumors 6502a

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    What router do you have. The rMBP supports 450 Mbps on 5 GHz band. If your router is only 2x2 then your maximum speed is 300 Mbps and the real life throughput is around 100 Mbps only if you're 5 feet away from the router. You can purchase a N900 router like Asus RT-N66U which is a 3x3 router and can supply 450 Mbps connection and your maximum throughput will be around 150Mbps which is enough to support your 120 Mbit/s connection.
     
  3. BaggieBoy macrumors 6502

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    I use a Time Capsule as my access point, when connected at 5GHz in the same room I get a stable 450 Mbps.
     
  4. dastinger thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The router is ISP specific. I can't even find out what brand/model that is but, on the specs, it says that it is a b/g/n up to 300Mbps router. I have no idea what 2x2 or 3x3 mean.. how can I know that and what does it mean?

    When I do the tests, I'm like 15 feet away from the router. Should I try standing next to it and perform the test?

    I live in a 3 story house and the router I have performs good when it comes to good signal everywhere. The Asus costs €125 where I live.. the AirPort Express costs €99. Are we looking at the same type of product regarding quality and specs?

    Thanks a lot for your help.
     
  5. cbautis2 macrumors 6502a

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    I've been busy all the time. Just buy something that says 450Mbps or N900 router and problem solved. Asus RT-N66U or latest gen Apple Airport Extreme (not express) is all you need to get all that speed on your rMBP.
     
  6. dastinger thread starter macrumors 6502a

    dastinger

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    No problem at all. At least you didn't forget to reply.

    Oh, the Airport Extreme is way more expensive so I guess I'll go with the Asus.. they're one of the best Router brands anyway.

    Thank you for all your help!
     

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