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o2 wireless N router, not wireless N.

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Found 20th Jul 2010
I'm on the o2 Broadband Pro package and as such, have a Wireless N router provided. My (limited, I'll admit right now) knowledge of this is that where 802.11g broadcasts at 54Mbps, 802.11n is supposed to broadcast at 300Mbps? That's the first area anyone is free to correct me in if I'm wrong. The second main advantage, as I understand it, is that there's a much improved range with 802.11n.

With that in mind, I decided to use my 360 Slim via wireless now to eliminate a cable running from the router to the console. When I've tried to do this, my 360 only sees the network as being 802.11g. The router settings are set to transmit b/g/n (the only 'n' option, there's no 'just n' setting), and it's sending at 54Mbps. I've made three calls to o2 Broadband now who for the first time have proven really unhelpful. The last guy I spoke to said that the router would only operate at 54Mbps, up to 150Mbps (which it occasionally goes to, but still shows as g on my 360). I asked why they sell it as an N router when it doesn't seem to actually do wireless N properly and he said "it gives N range". Does this sound right? All I know is that when I try to use Windows Media Center it whines about how my g connection is possibly not good enough for HD streaming (which I use) and that I should use N since I have capable equipment.

Are o2 talking rubbish? Congratulations if you read through all that without falling asleep.

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9 Comments

sounds more like n rage than n range

Original Poster

dcx_badass

IF you have anything on the network that is only Wireless G then it drops … IF you have anything on the network that is only Wireless G then it drops the whole network down to Wireless G instead of N, any N router will do this.



My Desire is connected when I'm at home, so I'll try it without that and report back.

Oh and many thanks for the pleasant reply.

Original Poster

The 360 is the only thing connected via WLAN now but still broadcasting 54Mbps and 360 detecting wireless 802.11g. The PC is connected via ethernet, so I'm presuming that has no bearing on anything.

dcx_badass

IF you have anything on the network that is only Wireless G then it drops … IF you have anything on the network that is only Wireless G then it drops the whole network down to Wireless G instead of N, any N router will do this.

Mine router doesnt do this, most dont infact. The one orange provide must be rubbish.

Oh err!
I've bought myself the wireless 'N' USB adapter for my xbox, and now looking at buying an O2 Wireless Box III to take advantage of this tech...I'm gonna subscribe to this to see what happens!

dcx_badass

IF you have anything on the network that is only Wireless G then it drops … IF you have anything on the network that is only Wireless G then it drops the whole network down to Wireless G instead of N, any N router will do this.



No they don't.

To OP if your router supports N use 40 mhz in wireless options and you have to be using WPA* to get N (WEP) don't work for N full 300mbps.

dcx_badass

IF you have anything on the network that is only Wireless G then it … IF you have anything on the network that is only Wireless G then it drops the whole network down to Wireless G instead of N, any N router will do this.

dcx_badass

IF you have anything on the network that is only Wireless G then it drops … IF you have anything on the network that is only Wireless G then it drops the whole network down to Wireless G instead of N, any N router will do this.





this depends on the model of router, look for "dual band" to be able to connect both g and n connections simultaneously, oh and if the routers not dual, check make sure no neighbours are connected lol

Original Poster

dontasciime

No they don't.To OP if your router supports N use 40 mhz in wireless … No they don't.To OP if your router supports N use 40 mhz in wireless options and you have to be using WPA* to get N (WEP) don't work for N full 300mbps.



Ah, I think my router is set to WEP by default... Will check now.

Original Poster

dontasciime

No they don't.To OP if your router supports N use 40 mhz in wireless … No they don't.To OP if your router supports N use 40 mhz in wireless options and you have to be using WPA* to get N (WEP) don't work for N full 300mbps.



dontasciime is the winner

Changed my key to WPA2 and I'm now getting 130Mbps consistently and the 360 is registering 802.11n.

birdyboyuk, the o2 Wireless box III will arrive set to WEP. Just change that and bob's your uncle.

Many thanks to dontasciime and everyone else who replied with help
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