Is the APE only as fast as the weakest link? I have 1 iBook that's 11G and 3 Macs that are 11N so will I only get the 11G speeds?

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    Generally it is. There are a couple of ways to go about this. You can either utilize the simultaneous dual band setup, or you can broadcast signal in both 2.4GHz frequencies as well as 5.0 GHz frequencies.

    I had the same problem. I was connecting Wireless G devices and Wireless N devices to the Airport Extreme, and my Wireless N devices could only get speeds comparable to Wireless G.

    First I setup the dual band networks and connected only Wireless N devices to one, and my other devices to the other. My Wireless N devices were now seeing speeds up to 144 Mbps. However, I knew that I was capable of seeing speeds up to 300 Mbps. So I did some research and found that you can broadcast the same network on different frequencies. I connect my Wireless N devices to the 5.0 GHz frequency and see speeds up to 300 Mbps on my MacBook Pro and AppleTV. I connect all of the other devices to the 2.4 GHz frequency.

  • No, the last two versions of the APE and The Time Capsule have dual band networks, so you can be running on N and G simultaneously