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MacBook Pro - Am I Running at WiFi "n"?


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This will sound like a really silly question, but I have just purchased and set up an Airport Express base station. It is WiFi "n" capable. I checked my MBP, and it is set up for WiFi a/b/g/n. So, all the hardware capability seems to be there.

My MBP picks up the WiFi from my Airport Express just fine and I am off surfing the web.

The question is, am I running in WiFi "n"? Is there a simple way to tell? I opened Network Utility and it declares that my link speed is 130 Mbps, which I know is faster than WiFi "g" 's maximum 54 Mbps. So, it would appear that I am running WiFi "n". However, is there any place I can look that directly tells me which 802.11 variant the machine is using? Thanks!

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hold "Option" while clicking on your Wireless icon on the top bar. If your transmit rate is 130, then it's n.
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I would say the fact it says 130Mbps is enough to tell you it must be using N. From my experience I have not seen another way to find it. Net Util is the place I would check.

Unless there is a 3rd Party app that will tell you.

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Not sure if there is something that will tell you "you are using 802.11n."

But, I know for sure that I am running on "n" and my link speed is 130Mbps in network monitor...

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Wow.. all three of us posted at the same time...
when I option click airport in the menubar, my transmit rate is around 100


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nputer: very true! as long as it is above 54mbps your on. It will be less the further away you get from your wireless router

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Mine bounces between 117 and 130 what's up with that?

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Mine bounces between 117 and 130 what's up with that?
probably due to interference (cordless phones, microwave...). Keep in mind the frequency wireless network runs at is susceptible to interference and it decreases performances. Try switching channel if it gets really bad, but 117-130Mbps is good!
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This will sound like a really silly question, but I have just purchased and set up an Airport Express base station. It is WiFi "n" capable. I checked my MBP, and it is set up for WiFi a/b/g/n. So, all the hardware capability seems to be there.

My MBP picks up the WiFi from my Airport Express just fine and I am off surfing the web.

The question is, am I running in WiFi "n"? Is there a simple way to tell? I opened Network Utility and it declares that my link speed is 130 Mbps, which I know is faster than WiFi "g" 's maximum 54 Mbps. So, it would appear that I am running WiFi "n". However, is there any place I can look that directly tells me which 802.11 variant the machine is using? Thanks!
Got a question for you as I am considering purchasing a "N" wireless router. Did you notice a big speed increase in web surfing? I've heard quite a few folks say there is not a big difference, but was just wondering your experience thus far....

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Or in my case, I'm hovering between 78 and 117.. but there's a brick wall between me and the base station

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Mine is between 48 and 54.

But thats g for you. Anyone want to donate an n to my "cause" then feel free.

But I have the same question. I am getting an backup HD soon. And I just dont know if I should get just the drive, and save money, or if there is a big enough difference, get the TC.

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Been on 'n' for a year now. Haven't found anyplace that shows 'n' specifically, just the link speed which you've found.

I am curious, since I'm considering purchasing the TC.
Does the Apple Airport Extreme/Express allow you to go into it's settings via it's IP address and manually configure the settings - or does it only have that wizard everybody talks about?

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Got a question for you as I am considering purchasing a "N" wireless router. Did you notice a big speed increase in web surfing? I've heard quite a few folks say there is not a big difference, but was just wondering your experience thus far....
Thanks everyone. With Apple's rep for a user friendly interface, I am surprised that it doesn't tell you directly. Oh well, no worries.

youthpastor, I didn't notice any big speed increase. 54 Mbps is pretty fast already, quite a bit faster than most people's internet link. Hence, it should not be noticeable.

I have "n" simply because I got an Airport Express, and it happens to provide "n". I wanted the portability of the Airport Express, not the "n"... I am delighted to have "n" - as an engineer, I always like better specs! - but what I really wanted was the ability to have a portable WiFi base station.

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Got a question for you as I am considering purchasing a "N" wireless router. Did you notice a big speed increase in web surfing? I've heard quite a few folks say there is not a big difference, but was just wondering your experience thus far....
You might not notice a big difference between g and n if you are surfing your average web page. You will notice it if you are doing multiple downloads or a big download. Think of it as the difference between a garden hose and a firefighters hose. If you were to have a litre of water pour out of each, you wouldn't notice much change but change that litre to 100 litres and you would notice that it would take longer to get it through the garden hose (g) than the firehose (n)

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Been on 'n' for a year now. Haven't found anyplace that shows 'n' specifically, just the link speed which you've found.

I am curious, since I'm considering purchasing the TC.
Does the Apple Airport Extreme/Express allow you to go into it's settings via it's IP address and manually configure the settings - or does it only have that wizard everybody talks about?
You can configure it manually. In fact, thats where you can view logs and current connections.

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