Wi-Fi 802.11n thoughts

Discussion in 'iPad' started by huskyte, Jan 29, 2010.

  1. huskyte macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2010
    Dottikon (CH)
    Isn't it overkill to have 802.11n with the features so far revealed? I was wondering why we need such a high speed connection with the iPad. I guess there is no application so far, which can make use of the speed. Even streaming a video does not require so much bandwidth.

    The only reason I could make sense of is syncing. But even that does not account to syncing with mobileme, for example. The internet connection behind the router will most probably not even make use of 802.11b.

    Is there any chance that this is a step towards wireless iTunes syncing? Lets face it, my desk is already full of iPod/iPhone docks an I am sure as hell I wouldn't want another one standing around here. Especially not the one with the keyboard on a short USB cord. I'd rather have a restriction to just being able to sync my iPad if it is connected to external power, but then at least everywhere in my house. Having that I at least could make use of the keyboard dock.

    Am I missing something or are more people thinking 802.11n is a bit useless?
  2. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    its the latest standard. its the most relevant standard. its backwards compatible and will be compatible with all the latest routers at their full potential. there is no reason to NOT use it and use an older, slower, aging B/G connection.
  3. gianly1985 macrumors 6502a


    May 30, 2008

    First, having wifi N is not only about speed, there are other good things about it (technical stuff, channels, frequencies or something).

    Second, wifi file sharing is slow in wifi G.

    Third, VNC/RDP apps (there are a couple of them in AppStore) will GREATLY take advantage of wifi N.

    Fourth, if you have an Airport Express N or an old (pre-2009) non-Dual Band Airport Extreme/Time Capsule, it is extremely convenient to have ONLY N CLIENTS. (otherwise G clients will slow down the whole network)
  4. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    Poster above stole my thunder. One of the key advantages is on single-band 802.11n routers. If you have one 802.11g device on that 802.11n network, it throttles down to the g speed.

    There is also no such thing as overkill for network speed. If you're downloading a file and streaming a movie and doing whatever else can be done, you can never have enough bandwidth. Network connections are almost always the bottleneck on computers right now.

    Also, I'm hoping that soon Apple will allow wireless syncing. I would really love to get an iPad, set it up on my kitchen counter -- it also opens to my den -- and use it as a photo display. With my computer in a bedroom, I really don't want to have to physically plug it up to sync. Apple TV does this, so there's not a good reason it can't be done with the iPad, iPod touch and iPhone.
  5. huskyte thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2010
    Dottikon (CH)
    I hope so as well. What is the point with wireless syncing if the Pad is in a dock? The bad excuse was the energy drainage, but Jobs himself commited that it would be there anyways (in an interview with Mossberg). I certainly wouldn't like to have my iPad lying next to my Mac all the time, because I ant to have it synced. My AppleTV does fine with wireless syncing as long as it is connected to a power source. USB is simply to limited in terms of physical range and additionally I am running out on USB ports.

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