50mbps cable internet and wireless network

January 12, 2010 at 11:41:27
Specs: Macintosh
I'm hoping to get Comcast 50mbps Cable internet. The
cable modem will link up with a wireless Apple Extreme
Base Station, via a 10/100/1000 ethernet cable. The rest of my network connects to the
AEBS via 802.11n ('G' compatibility mode).

Can the wireless network take advantage of the large
internet bandwidth that this service offers, or will the
wireless network defeat the purpose of having such a fast
internet connection?


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January 12, 2010 at 11:49:45
Theoretically 50 Mbs is within the bandwidth of 802.11n and about the same as 802.11g. Practically it may be a different thing altogether.

As with all things computers, theory and practice are often streets apart.


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January 12, 2010 at 14:48:39

I did a speed test between my MacBook Air and MacPro with
a 1GB file.

Wireless-N only ('G' compatibility turned off):

Average: 52 Mbps
Peak: 64.9 Mbps

Wireless-N w/'G' compatibility was roughly half of that,
unfortunately. I wonder if there is any way of improving this.

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