|02-15-2009, 01:11 PM||#1|
Join Date: Jul 2005
Which network connection am I getting internet from?
Here's my situation, and I was wondering if anyone could give me an answer. I wanted to get my whole network running to 802.11n only. All my machines had native capabilities to do so, except my iMac (Intel) first generation, which was 801.11g only. So I bought a USB network device for it, and no problem - I simply run with the airport in the iMac disabled. That allowed me to make my Time Capsule-based network 802.11n only.
Recently, though, I acquired a Powerbook 12", which I love; my neighbor, who I share access with, also got a 802.11g only machine. So - pretty much on the fly - I plugged an old wireless router into the ethernet port on the Time Capsule and created a second network that was 802.11b/g only. This is the one that the Powerbook and the neighbor's computer access.
One little kludge that I was doing (prior to the installation of the second router) was when I wanted to copy files to the Powerbook. I'd take the USB dongle out of the iMac, run the iMac with a hard-wired ethernet connection, so that the PB was on the fast network.
But with the dual networks, I noticed that if I turn on the internal Airport connection on the iMac, I can actually access the Powerbook via that connection, while still accessing the rest of the network via the USB stick connection.
My question is - how do I know which of the two connections is serving my internet data? I want to make sure I'm getting the faster one. In addition, are there any drawbacks to this, or am I making any bad assumptions?
(BTW, I can't bump the 802.11n network to 5ghz only - which would be great - because all of the USB dongles "officially" available for Mac use the 2.4ghz band. There's a linksys 5ghz that can be hacked to do so, but I already spent my money...also, I don't want to run the iMac with a permanently wired state - it is too far from the router and the cabling is too sloppy; ditto the PB with a dongle, as it is simply inconvenient, and the whole reason I got it was for the easy form factor.)
thanks for reading, and for the help.
Thanks to various upgrades, I've ended up with a couple of machines that have 802.11g capability, and a few that have 801.11n capability. I got everything working on the f
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