I have a Airport Express connected to a USB printer that I can't get rid of. Having that on the network will basically slow it down to G speeds, right, meaning I shouldn't bother with an upgrade to N, right?
I don't know if the Airport Express is only active when printing a document. This is my question, essentially. I should note, however, thatthe specs state that when any G device is connected, the network slows down to G speeds to accomodate the slower device, rendering the N useless in terms of speed, and bringing it down to 2.4ghz.It shouldn't slow down the entire network especially if it is only active when transmitting a document
I still don't think you understand my situation. Currently, I am printing from one of two computers, a Mac Mini or a MacBook Pro. None of these are wired to the printer.I guess I wasn't too clear, because it is wired it will not slow down, the information is passed from Computer to the Network (wireless at the speed of 802.11N) then the network passes it to the printer (wired at the speed of the printer (USB 1 or 2.0). A wired printer or device has no effect on the wireless speed.
if this were some futuristic wireless printer that ran on 802.11g, it would be slow, but seeing as 802.11N is either 5Ghz or 2.4Ghz, I can't guarantee lack of slow down.
That is a different story entirely, the printer has no effect on the speed of the network, since it is connected by a wire to the network, that is what I'm saying.I still don't think you understand my situation. Currently, I am printing from one of two computers, a Mac Mini or a MacBook Pro. None of these are wired to the printer.
The printer is connected to a 802.11g Airport Express, so every time I send a job to the printer, it uses 802.11g wireless. But I have to have the 802.11g router/access point connected to the network at all times, and I'm wondering if the 802.11n extreme will slow down to 802.11g speeds all the time because of it.
So, while earlier technologies were dragged down to the lowest denominator on the network, that is not the case with Wireless-N.But unlike other speed-enhanced technologies, Wireless-N can dynamically enable this double-speed mode for Wireless-N devices, while still connecting to other wireless devices at their respective fastest speeds.
I'm quoting myself, because I did cover it in my post, you could have also swapped Mac Mini with Printer.The network will probably* need to run in a mixed environment which means 2.4Ghz.
It is 2.4 OR 5Ghz not both.Airport Base Stations do indeed broadcast on multiple frequencies. Many people use older and new computers and peripherals, connected to a wireless network. This isn't where slowdowns occur.
http://manuals.info.apple.com/en/Designing_AirPort_Networks_Using_AirPort_Utility.pdfAirPort Extreme Maual said:Choosing the Radio Mode
Choose “802.11n (802.11b/g compatible)” from the Radio Mode pop-up menu if computers with 802.11n, 802.11g, or 802.11b wireless cards will join the network. Each client computer will connect to the network and transmit network traffic at the highest possible speed.
Choose “802.11n only (2.4 GHz)” if only computers with 802.11n compatible wireless cards will join the network in the 2.4 GHz frequency range.
Choose “802.11n (802.11a compatible)” if computers with 802.11n and 802.11a wireless cards will join the network in the 5 GHz frequency range. Computers with 802.11g or 802.11b wireless cards will not be able to join this network.
Choose “802.11n only (5 GHz)” if computers with 802.11n wireless cards will join the network. The transmission rate of the network will be at 802.11n speed. Computers with 802.11g, 802.11b, and 802.11a wireless cards will not be able to join this network.
Note: If you don’t want to use an 802.11n radio mode,.