Sunday, November 19, 2006

How fast is 802.11n?

Netgear WN121T

The Wikipedia says up to 540Mb/s, but most of the router boxes at the store today said up to 300mb/s. eWEEK says 130Mb/s, "Netgear's products proved to be the unrivaled speed champs at close distances—topping 130M bps of real throughput—but performance started to lag considerably as the client moved away from the router."

Distance concerns aside, 130Mb/s doesn't sound very fast. Then again, I'll bet my 802.11g setup gets no where near 54Mb/s.

Netgear it is. I hope OS X supports Netgear's USB adapter. Clubmac.com says it does, but Google doesn't turn up much evidence beyond that. I guess I'll find out.

Update: NetGear's USB 802.11n adapter does not seem to work with OS X. :(

5 Comments:

Anonymous Nelson said...

Don't forget that these numbers are lies. 802.11g's advertised 54Mbps is in reality only 20Mbps maximum.

12:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone tried this thing yet on OSX? I cant find any info either - except the Clubmac thing - which looks suspect to me...

12:05 PM  
Blogger James said...

with 802.11G and windows vista on my laptop i get FULL 54mb with my linksys wireless router, am going to be upgrading to linksys wireless N soon and fully expect the full advertised speed there. Range is not an issue with linksys as i can go a full block and inside my neighbors house some 120 FT away and still connect with good signal strength.

2:47 PM  
Blogger SystemsEngPrincPrac said...

For what it's worth, I did a speed test transferring files on my computer. Using my 802.11g I transferred a 2.6GB file in around 6.2 minutes, which equates to almost exactly 54Mbps. 2.6*8bits/bite/372 seconds = 55 Mbps. Then I disabled the wireless card and repeated with the 100Mbps Ethernet connection. It completed in 3.3 minutes, or just slightly more than half that speed. 2.6*8bits/198 seconds=105Mbps. I rounded the numbers a bit, I think the file was 2.58 or 2.59 GB, but it did work, and no I did not do the wireless test three feet from my router, it was through two walls and the floor at a slant angle, 35 feet away.

12:14 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

I have a MacBookPro connecting both wireless via my Time Capsule n (300mb wireless) and a gb wired network. Just installed the new Apple TV (neat small footprint) and it is working better on n wireless than the 10/100 RJ-45 port!

7:10 PM  

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