My DROID is connecting to my Wireless N router!


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    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian VIP Member This Topic's Starter

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    I made a post about this in the Froyo 2.2 features I was not aware of thread, but am making a new post here - just in case it is because of something else, like, say, the baseband update....

    According to DROID by Motorola - Android phone - Motorola USA I have wireless B,G connectivity.

    However, my DROID is currently connected to my wireless N router, which it can now see since I switched said router from the 5.8 GHz band to hte 2.4 GHz band.

    No, the router it not provisioned to supply N and G - it is supplying N only.

    Anyone else seeing this?
     

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    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian VIP Member This Topic's Starter

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    However, there is definitely a speed discrepancy here.

    On Wireless N:

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    And on Wireless G:

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    So, the DROID can somehow now connect to N, but it gets better speeds from G?

    Unreal.
     
  3. dmodert66

    dmodert66 Well-Known Member

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    That is pretty strange man!
     
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    sphinx387 New Member

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    I may be wrong here, but im pretty sure the premise behind wireless N was longer range and better speeds. But it is also backwards compatible. So even if your device( computer, phone, etc.) doesnt have a N reciever, it will still pick up the signal from an N router but it wont get the speed boost from the technology. The only real benefit you would see without an N reciever would be greater connectivity range between your wireless router and your device.

    Like I said, I may be wrong, but this kinda goes along with the research I did when I was selling Electronics for 5 years.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    bp328i Well-Known Member

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    This is what I was thinking, because I have an N router and my son connects his PS3 to it, my Droid connects to it and my laptop which is not N connects fine. I was pretty sure the N routers are backwards compatible but did not want to post it, just in case I was wrong ;)
     
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    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian VIP Member This Topic's Starter

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    Umm, by default, yes, it offers backward compatibility if you set it to do so.

    For example, I have certain choices when setting up my wireless signal:

    • 802.11b only
    • 802.11g only
    • 802.11n only
    • 802.11b & 802.11g
    • 802.11n & 802.11g
    • 802.11n & 802.11g & 802.11b

    However, I currently have mine set to only n - no b and no g.

    All of my other G devices are not able to connect to it - only the DROID.

    I have done the research as well, and here is what I took away from it - the backward compatibility compatibility is not for G versus N, it's for the various drafts of N that were proposed. True backward compatibility requires having the router operate in multiple modes simultaneously.

    Again, no other device that runs G only can connect to this router - only the DROID can.
     
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    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian VIP Member This Topic's Starter

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    Again, though, the point is moot - I am getting much better speeds from the G router, so I'll have to test signal strength and distance to see if the N is really a viable option for me.
     
  8. Shadowtech

    Shadowtech Well-Known Member

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    On most N routers, if any G devices connect to it, the speeds drop to G standards, even if N is still active. Some newer routers are dual band, so have a separate G and N signal coming from them. Though if none of your other devices can see it, something in the Droid must be looking for N, I read that it does have a N radio, it just wasn't enabled or something. I don't have N in my home yet to test and verify if 2.2 enabled it though.
     
  9. wsbsteven

    wsbsteven Well-Known Member

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    I've always been able to connect to my n only router using the Droid. My router ID's G devices as 'Wireless G' but N devices and the Droid are just 'Wireless'.
     
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    Wish I could test this, but the radio on my router with N broke yesterday. I'm running on an old DD-WRT'd Linksys now.
     
  11. JoeProcopio

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    the other question would be....how are you getting 14mb/s on g?
     
  12. eclipsed4utoo

    eclipsed4utoo Well-Known Member

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    The theoretical maximum throughput for 802.11g is 54Mbps. He is at 14Mbps. He simply has a pretty good connection.
     

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