Can I connect my macbook Air (2010 model) at 300mb and my iphone 3GS to this simultaneously without a drop in performance?

I have read that connecting a 802.11g device to a 802.11n router will slow down the 802.11n to 802.11g speeds.

Therefore my macbook air will not achieve the rated 300mb speed, as the iphone 3gs will be slowing it down.

Is that true for the Airport extreme base station??

  • Asked by Phil S
  • Feb 12, 2011
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3 Answers from the Community

  • Answer

    This current generation model of AirPort Extreme supports 802.11g wireless devices with no effect to the performance of simultaneous 802.11n devices. Previous generations of the 802.11n Extreme do not contain this same technology, and are effected as you describe, although they do have excellent throughput.

    • Answered by Andrew H from Carmel
    • Feb 17, 2011
  • Real world performance of 802.11n will never match the theoretical max that the standard is rated at, but for most people thats not an issue since the bottleneck is your outbound connection to the net which is likely less than 10mb.

    So the answer is you will likely see no difference in performance with 1, 2, 3 or even more devices connected to same access point.

    • Answered by Paul S from Scotts Valley
    • Feb 12, 2011
  • I am adding more detail, as I have 50mb internet at home, but I am more concerned with internal network speed (i.e. LAN to LAN connection).
    For example, copying from a samba server to the macbook air.

    I have heard that with access points, they will drop to the lowest denominator (e.g. a mobile phone) which could be 54mb.

    • Answered by Phil S
    • Feb 13, 2011