Wireless N, is there really a massive difference?

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  1. marold280 macrumors 6502

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    I'm getting a uMacbook soon (YAY) and it has wireless N. I've been using wireless G on my white macbook, and would like to know if there is really that much difference.
    Our router doesnt support N atm. Would it be worth getting an airport extreme?
    Thanks (i dont search btw:))
     
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    If all you are doing is connecting to the internet then, no, it makes no difference.
     
  3. sosaysiburke macrumors member

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    do you mean speeds? my g router only gets around 1200 k transfers between computers does n get like 5000??
     
  4. marold280 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I mean range. is it really like twice the range ?
     
  5. DPB17 macrumors 6502

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    I think the range is twice as much as Wireless G.
     
  6. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Can be. Its actually quite effective in range. The 5GHz band has less interference as well.
     
  7. DPB17 macrumors 6502

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    Yeah you get less interference because there are less devices operating on the N protocol.
     
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    I don't think so but it doesn't really make much of a difference. If you're worried about range you can get wireless G+ routers.
     
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    All MBs have been draft n since late 2006.
     
  12. DPB17 macrumors 6502

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    Oops, didn't realize that thanks.
     
  13. coupdetat macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, the range is much better and also if you're transferring files within a network, you'll see a huge improvement. An AirPort Extreme operating in N-only 5ghz mode can rival (and theoretically surpass) 100Mbit ethernet.
     
  14. RDM3 macrumors regular

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    Im still using 802.11b and it works fine but I don't do much but connect to the Internet, I thought about getting an N but I don't know if I would see a big difference
     
  15. pellets007 macrumors 6502a

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    Wireless N has dramatically increased my backup times and internet speed as a whole. I am unsure if you will see the difference if you are bottlenecked by your ISP, however.
     
  16. marold280 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    wow. got home today to find a netgear router has replaced our old one. and it has N ! YES!
    Just have to get the MacBook now ;)
     
  17. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Gamming on Wireless N 5.0ghz
    is almost as fast as direct connection. Very long latency / interference.

    Wireless N works through 2 exterior walls, but not 4 exterior walls at my current location.
     
  18. Toofan macrumors member

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    Technically...

    On paper, N networking is a huge step up from G and it's predecessors. In all practicality, you won't notice a huge difference (if any) with respect to surfing the net. There are other limiting components. You're only as fast as your slowest component.
     
  19. Ov3rlord Falc0r macrumors regular

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    This is so true. I upgraded to N from G when I got my macbook a few weeks ago and didn't notice much of a difference at all. Not until I noticed that my internet speeds were the same BUT my network file transfer speeds were significantly faster. (700mb dvd quality move went from 25 min to 10 min). So I called up my ISP and had a long conversation with them and it turns out that they hadn't upgraded the internet speed and bandwidth in my area to account for the N's speed. So I got them to hurry it up. 3 days later they finally finished and now there is a significant improvement in my internet speed.

    Surfing the internet, you won't notice the difference all that much. But downloading files and streaming movies/tv shows (hulu anyone?!) will be better. My torrent files are even downloading faster. :) Yay!
     

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