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Airport Express - speed?

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Mike Gunnill Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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Jan 20, 2011 4:48 AM
I am fault finding trying to improve the quality between my Airport Express and a new Sony television. My internet provider has asked the following question, which I don't understand.


*The wireless speed is the speed at which the device is connected to the wireless at, this will generally be either 54Mbps or 11Mbps but can be anything. You can usually find this by checking the wireless information page on your device.*

Grateful for any help, thank you.
Powerbook G4, Mac OS X (10.5.6), iMac 17 inch
  • William Boyd, Jr. Level 6 Level 6 (10,475 points)
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    Jan 20, 2011 10:56 AM (in response to Mike Gunnill)
    Mike Gunnill wrote:
    *The wireless speed is the speed at which the device is connected to the wireless at, this will generally be either 54Mbps or 11Mbps but can be anything.


    They're actually asking about the connection protocol. For 802.11b the "raw speed" is 11 Mbps. For 802.11g it's 54 Mbps. For 802.11n it's 300 Mbps. That TV will be connected at the slower protocol of either your AirPort Express or the TVs WiFi feature.
    MacBook 5,2 2.0 GHz, 4GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,600 points)
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    Jan 20, 2011 11:28 AM (in response to Mike Gunnill)
    The speeds mentioned in this thread are those over your "local" network, between your wireless router and your computer or other device.

    Sony may be asking about the speed of your Internet connection from your service provider. Chances are, that is in the range of 6-12 Mbps, although it could be more or less depending on the service you have chosen.

    If the Sony is depending on an Internet connection to download updates or download movies, the speed of your Internet connection will determine how fast things occur.

    Your service provider has probably provided you with a utility to measure the Internet connection speed. If not, you could try Speedtest.net.

    The Internet connection speed is almost always a major "choke" point on any home network since your local network is probably capable of much faster speeds than your service is providing.
    MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.6), Time Capsule, AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express, iPhone

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