856 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Feb 27, 2008 1:16 PM by Beric1
What is best for you depends on the proportion of "b-only", "b/g-capable", and "n-capable devices you have.
If the majority of your devices are capable of "b/g" speeds, then for the benefit of all it would make sense to just retire your old "b-only" wireless router and replace it with an Airport Extreme N base station running in b/g compatible mode. You won't get full n-speeds with n-capable clients if you are running b or c clients on your network - but the difference is in most cases not enough to be noticeable. Keep in mind that for internet access, b speeds in most cases will suffice and anything faster won't result in increased internet access speeds.
So then why do I get a 54kb/sec download rate on my Macbook, compared to 300kb/sec when hardwired? I would suggest it's because my router is so slow.
I need to know whether or not a B device on a N network will slow down all devices faster than it. And if I would just be using a b/g router, why not save myself $100+ and buy a b/g router instead of getting an Airport that does something I don't need?