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My current set up is to create a wifi network using an airport express, however it is only an 802.11G spec (i.e. old).  My iMac is also old too and only has a 'G' card in it.  However, my apple tv and ipad are 'N' capable.  I have a new airport express which I set up to join the existing network.  It could create a 'N' based network if I connected it to the modem. 

 

So, if I swapped the AEs around would i have an N network but what happens to my imac and old AE ...would i still be able to connect by wifi?   I could probably retire the old AE, because I could stream to my hifi using the Apple Tv rather than AE, so my main concern is my computer. 

Connecting around the house is generally okay but there are patches where its occassionally a bit dodgy and its becoming more regular for family to be connecting to internet / NAS on multiple devices so I would like things to be as robust as possible but obviously don't want to stop certain things working!!

 

(I did see some cheap software that turns certain old iMacs into N capable but mine is SO old that software isnt compatible!)

thanks for the assistance

Chisy

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RE: N or G network

When you say you have a new AE, does that mean the one released a few days ago that looks like a white Apple TV?

 

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RE: N or G network

Sorry, should have been clearer, its the old design that plugged directly into the wall socket.

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RE: N or G network

My understanding is, you will be able to connect your iMac to the wireless, but it will slow everything else on the network down when it is.

 

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RE: N or G network

if you get something like this

http://www.netgear.co.uk/home/products/wirelessrouters/ultimate-performance/WNDR4500.aspx#two

you could create a second wireless network (one G one N).

as long as the as both are connected to the NAS by cable then you should be fine.

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RE: N or G network

cheyworth wrote:

if you get something like this

http://www.netgear.co.uk/home/products/wirelessrouters/ultimate-performance/WNDR4500.aspx#two

you could create a second wireless network (one G one N).

as long as the as both are connected to the NAS by cable then you should be fine.

That's pretty much what I've done, albeit with the older wndr3700 and it works a treat. The two different wifi networks keep everything tidy and the nas is hard wired to the gigabit backbone.

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RE: N or G network

You just need to make sure the G devices only connect to the G network.

 

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