Wireless 802.11n Help vs 802.11g Routing?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by jotaru, Nov 16, 2008.

  1. jotaru macrumors newbie

    Nov 16, 2008
    Ok, this is a question about routing... I know all macs have built in airport's that can read up to 802.11n networks. I was looking to get the Time Capsule... I have 3 macs (2 imacs and a mbp) and a pc (no wifi card in that pc)... Now I know that as soon as a 802.11g peripheral (iPhone, 3 in the household) connects to that router, the connection will drop to 802.11g to accommodate...

    Now I wanted to use the Time Capsule not only for backup but to stream my media across my imac, pc (no wireless for this one) and mpb. The other imac really only just will use this for a back up. I also have a Wii and a PS3 that will connect to this as well... If I connect a 802.11g router into the Time Capsule (via cable) will I be able to have all my 802.11g peripherals (iPhone, PS3, and Wii as well as any guest non 802.11n users) connect to that router (802.11g) and have all my macs connect to the 802.11n router in order to have the media stream across the network to each of them faster than it would on the N?

    Will this bottleneck my bandwidth, or have any repercussions? and incase you were wondering I was planning to have the time capsule facing the internet and the wifi g router facing inwards... Does that matter btw?
  2. icapricorn macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2007
    Yup, I think it will work. My setup does.

    :) I have an Xbox 360. I got the Time Capsule the first week. And when I tried to make the Xbox find the wireless signal (whether the TC was set to n , or g/b) it wouldn't do it. I remember connecting my old Netgear g router, and the TC simply wouldn't start, showing the amber light that always signals a handshake problem.

    But something must have changed, perhaps due to an Apple update, or perhaps I just set up the two routers more carefully. Here's what worked:

    While the TC was running showing its green light, I connected an Ethernet cord from one of the TC's out sockets to the Netgear's sole in socket. The Netgear was then plugged in, did its startup dance, and my Xbox synced up once again with its old Netgear partner.

    As for bottlenecks, I have no idea. I just know I can disconnect the 20ft ethernet cable I had running from the bedroom, under the carpet to the Xbox in the living room. Everything else is gravy.

    Once connected, the Xbox streams divx and avis right to the TV screen. I assume the PS3 would so the same.
  3. coopermac macrumors member

    Nov 5, 2007
    Most, if not all, of what you seem to be trying to do should work. See my earlier post here


    Only thing to watch if "n" speed is what you are after is that you only allow "n" devices to connect to the TC wirelessly. Not all macs are "n" enabled, older macs and even the current MacMini are still on "g" as standard.
  4. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Sounds good to me, though personally I wouldn't buy a TC.

    I have a router than splits into a switch for wired, 2 N AP and a G AP. That way all traffic between the routers has to go the router. Also it's easier to diagnose issues this way.

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