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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 3:27 pm    Post subject: AirPort Extreme Question Reply with quote

On the main AP page at apple.com there is some small type at the bottom that states, "Speed and range will be less if an 802.11a/b/g product joins the network."

What exactly does this mean?

If I have my 802.11n modded mini on the network and then turn on my PS3, will that turn the AP into 802.11g mode for all devices?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't believe it will change the connection type, be it "g" or "n" or "b" even. I know with my Airport Express network, most of my machines are "g" but I do have 2 older macs that run "b". When I turn them on to get on the network it slows down my "g" machines, not drastically but, noticable.

Hope this helps...
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The router will always run at the slowest speed device connecting to it. If you have a G router and connect a B device, the other G devices will run at B speeds. Most routers have a setting that let's you specify wireless mode. You can set both B & G (it will automatically select) or just B or G.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2008 2:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So here's an odd follow-up question:
Let's say I want my computers to share an N connection on a shiny not-yet-purchased AEBS, and don't want assorted game system/Tivo hangers-on crapping it up with their B or G connections. Could I plug my old Buffalo G wifi router into the AEBS, and run two wifi networks, an N and a B/G? Who knows why I want to set myself up for more wifi-related hair tairing and teeth gnashing, but there you have it.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2008 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RipTatermen wrote:
Could I plug my old Buffalo G wifi router into the AEBS, and run two wifi networks, an N and a B/G?


Yup! I just did a similar set up separating by "b" and "g" networks for the same reason. Works great, no headaches. . .
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2008 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To ease some of the hassles, also make sure you set the B/G router to "bridge mode" or have it not distribute IP addresses, if it has that option. It will simply act as a wireless access point, and let the main N router be the sole device distributing IP addresses. It keeps everything on the same subnet, which eases networking issues.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2008 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great, thanks for the advice! Now I just need to fashion a double-strength tinfoil hat...
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