Wireless Connection

Discussion in 'macOS' started by bigcletus123, Oct 3, 2009.

  1. bigcletus123 macrumors member

    bigcletus123

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    I'm a recent Mac "arrival" from Win-doze. I'm running an iMac wireless to a Time Capsule. On the top-right of the 24 in display there's the wireless indicator...however I would like something to tell me the speed (like Windoze did) between my desktop and the router. Is there a setting or freebie that will do this ??

    Thanks
     
  2. plinden macrumors 68040

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    Hold down the Option key and click on the wireless icon. The "Transmit Rate" is the current maximum potential speed in Mb/s.

    To see the actual transfer rate while transferring data, open Activity Monitor and click on the Network tab.
     
  3. bigcletus123 thread starter macrumors member

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    Perfect!!!

    Thanks..thats EXACTLY what I wanted.


    Jack
     
  4. Xapphire13 macrumors regular

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    For more information, use 'Network Utility'... type it in spotlight. or find it in the utilities folder in applications. This shows the link rate (for some reason a different number then the option click method)
     

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  5. mpuck972 macrumors 6502

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    Anyone have issues with not being able to achieve full N wireless speeds? I have a Time Capsule and the only wireless device accessing it is my MBP and I can never get more then 144Mb/s connection speed. I have tried different channels and different ghz settings with no luck.
     
  6. Xapphire13 macrumors regular

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    I think we may only be getting 144 Mbits/s due to it only being draft version of N. And the typical throughput for N is ≈ 110-130 Mbits/s... the maximum of 300 Mbits/s is only theoretical (read somewhere that with newer revisions it's 600). So 144 is pretty good =]

    Quote from Wikipedia:
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    The Baseline certification covers both 20 MHz and 40 MHz wide channels, and up to two spatial streams, for maximum throughputs of 144.4 Mbit/s for 20 MHz and 300 Mbit/s for 40 MHz (with Short Guard interval).
    
     
  7. mpuck972 macrumors 6502

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    Makes some since, but a friend of mine with the same set up is getting the full 300gb/s.
     
  8. Xapphire13 macrumors regular

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    What router has he got? How old is it and what revision of 802.11-N does it use? How far is he from it etc... Also, what frequency is he using? 2.4GHz or 5GHz and 20 or 40MHz wide channel?
     
  9. plinden macrumors 68040

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    There's no way anyone ever gets 300[M]b/s. The reported "transmit rate" may be 300Mb/s on a 5GHz wireless N network, but the real speeds are much lower.

    I get real transfer speeds of 110Mb/s when three feet from my router using the 5GHz band, but this falls to < 1Mb/s when in the kitchen, about 50 feet from the router (through three walls).

    I'm instead using the 2.4GHz band, where I get a steady 80Mb/s (peaking at 90Mb/s) three feet from the router and 60Mb/s in the kitchen.

    I'm actually doing as well or better than the routers benchmarked at www.smallnetbuilder.com - they seem to peak at 80Mb/s.
     
  10. Xapphire13 macrumors regular

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    Mines pretty much always 144 Mbits/s even if I go outside =]
     

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