Originally Posted by rblum
Bob - I've seen your work here and appreciate it. I can say that it has lead to several Netgear purchases partly because I know I can get help here from you if I really need it
I have an Ipad mini on order. It has the dual 802.11n capability. Two questions: 1st, how can I know how many channels the mini can make use of? 2nd, at what point will it be as fast as a wired 10/100 connection, so no further speed would be seen?
On another issue, what model would make a good replacement for my FiOS provided router, should I want to do that?
I don't need any storage capability as I have a RNDP400U for that.
Thanks, another Bob
Thanks for your kind words.
I have an iPad Mini so I suppose I can give you 1st hand experience with it. I also am using a multi radio N router. I have looked and not found what "magic" Apple did with their wireless on the mini and iPad 4g. I can only assume they went to a multi radio format. (Newer N technology routers like the Netgear WNDR4300 WNDR4500, R6200, R6300 use multiple radios on the 5ghz band which allows for either better coverage or with compatible clients additive speed) but I havent been able to find anything definitive on the ipad. I also have an iPad 2 which I have been living with for the past year or so.
That said the wireless performance of the iPad 2 and the Mini are quite good. The reason is they have both dual bands (dont confuse this with the number of radios). The 2.4ghz and the 5ghz. I always use the 5ghz band for devices that I play media on and the 2.4ghz band for everything else. As a result I have always experienced good speeds. But I have no benchmark to compare the 2. But I also want to pint out that 2.4g has longer range then the 5ghz band. Higher band shorter range. But is it less crowded and therefore has far less interference thus better performance.
I also want to clarify your question about channels. There are many channels in the 5ghz band and 11 in the 2.4ghz band. What this means is that you can have multiple signals coexist in the same area without interference (ideally) This is part of the wireless implementation. So all iPads utilize the appropriate number of channels. And in the 5ghz area I leave mine set to auto. That way I let the router and device figure out the best and clearest channel selection. The 2.4ghz is another matter entirely. There are only 11 channels in the 2.4 range (versus >150 in the 5ghz band). Because of the limited channels in the 2.4 band interference is much more likely. That I set manually. But back to the iPads nothing you need to be concerned with. They work just fine particularly when you connect vis the 5ghz band..
Regarding when wireless will equal wired speeds we are fast approaching that. There is a new emerging standard called AC. It is still in draft form but it will certainly meet the speeds of a wired connection when all is working properly. But for your needs it wont have any benefit as the iPads dont utilize AC. They use the current N standard which candidly is good enough for anything you would do on it.
The router I would suggest you look at is the new Netgear WNDR4300. It is like the multi radio WNDR4500 but with a little less output power and costs about $30 less. It is one of the best selling products from Netgear at this time. It sells for $119 and can be gotten at any reseller who sells Netgear products like Amazon or Best Buy.
I hope I didnt confuse you more but wireless is emerging fast and with it many new products and specs. But as a user what we care about is will it do what I want. I think that with an iPad and a WNDR4300 router you will not have to think about wireless again for a long time to come.
And I really like my iPad Mini. The size is just right. Havent touched my iPad 2 since I got it.
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