2 Replies Latest reply: Feb 27, 2008 1:16 PM by Beric1
Beric1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I am currently using a Linksys wireless B router, that is, naturally, very outdated. I'm curious about updating to a wireless N Airport Extreme. I use all different types of wireless devices on the network. Wireless B,G,and N, plus a wired-in Gigabit iMac.

Here's my question. When using a wireless B device on the network, will that slow down all devices currently connected that are G and N? If so, by how much? Is it all the way down to B speed?

Secondly, I've heard about connecting a N router to the older one and "bridging" two routers, using N devices on one and B on the other. Is this possible, and if so, will it work for me? Is there anything that explains how to do it?

Macbook 2.0 Ghz., Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • Henry B. Level 9 Level 9 (78,690 points)
    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.
  • Beric1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    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?