New Time Capsule & Sky sagem router- How to set up dual band?

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  1. davemulheran

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    Hi guys.

    Im sitting at work with a new 1TB TC looking at me screaming.. get me home and set me up :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:.

    Just to prepare myself.. is it easy to do?
    :confused:

    Do any sky sagem router owners have one (oooohhhhh Raaaaafey...???)

    an imac, mac mini, Apple TV and pc with N rated wirless usb thingy wotsit will be using the fast band.

    PS3, wii and iphone will be using the slow band

    any pointers would much appreciated and greatly received :thumbsup:

    or am I just being a bit of a gay and all will be fine once I get home and plug it in :rolleyes::rolleyes::suicide:
     
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    It's Apple. 'It Just Works (tm)'

    Seriously, I doubt you will have any difficulty whatsoever. Just plug it all in and run the AirPort Utility from one of your Macs.

    Steve
     
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    Yep, I have that exact setup Dave i.e. Sagem Sky router and TC

    Just plug in an ethernet cable from the Sagem into the back of the TC and that's your setup done. Then turn on the TC, open Airport Utility and the rest is a doddle! Just follow the on screen instructions.

    As a pointer, when it asks if you want to create a wireless network, say 'Yes' and the rest is easy.

    As a second pointer, after you have setup your wireless G network and your wireless N network on the TC, log on to the Sky router (open Safari, type 192.168.0.1, U/N: admin P/W: sky and turn off the wireless function on the Sagem router. It is now redundant!

    Hope that helps mate :smashin:
     
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    Thanks Rafe! I knew you'd come to the rescue.

    One question.. The TC comes with a setup disk.. I assume to set up airport..... Do I need to do anything with this? Im assuming my imac has this already set up... but you know what they say about assumptions!

    Did you install anything? or just plug it in and let your mac do the walking and the talking.
     
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    Just plug it in mate and start up the Airport Utility.

    That's what I did and had no issues what so ever!
     
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    riiiiight, all set up and I have a green light. A few things...


    If i connect to my new network.. plex on my mini doesnt pick up my imac... do I have to re-link it all?

    lastly (for now) how do I set up dual band networks? or dont I have to?

    do g items just auto connect to the g frequency and n items the same to n frequencies??
     
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    There is no such thing as "n" frequencies... It is either the 2.4GHz or 5GHz, which is "traditionally" occupied by 802.11b/g and 802.11a respectively. "n" improves performance in these same frequencies by utilising technical "tricks" and improvements.

    On the subject of dual band setup, I think there is no option to selectively switch one off - either both on or off by means of the Wireless Mode (at least on my AEBS).

    I am going through the options presented in the Radio Mode now and have left it on Automatic instead of the other two choices. If you press the OPT key and click on Radio Mode, you'll find a bewildering 13 choices. There are complaints now that Apple is not providing sufficient documentation as to how/what to do on these extra choices. The information (and links from there) I am getting from now is from this MacFixit article.
     
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    Once you've got time capsule connected to your sky router, I'd recommend setting it to N only.

    (Airport Utility > Manual Set-Up > Wireless) then set Radio Mode to 802.11n only.

    Leave the G network created by the Sky router active - and use it for iPhone and other non-N products.

    It you're using N only - you'll get 270 Mbit/s wireless, rather than a max of 135 that's available to mix-mode networks.
     
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    Thanks guys.

    One other thing.. i assume the way to check the power of my wirless connection is to hold down the option key and click my wireless/airport icon at the top of the screen on my imac.

    Im getting varied results

    anything from 105 to 135 to 162 to 216

    ive never seen higher than 216

    but the number does fluctuate between all of the figures above

    [​IMG]

    do you think all is working correctly?

    ive changed from automatic to this mode

    [​IMG]
     
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    Try changing the channel number. You'll never know if your neighbour is also using an Apple wireless-N product and also using the default settings!

    EDIT: for 2.4GHz, there is this iStumbler (appl) or Airport Radar (a widget) which you can use to scan/sniff the neighbourhood for occupied channels. Do make sure you do this with your portable at the extreme places in your home since what your portable can discover is not necessarily detected by your TC (or AEBS for that matter).

    EDIT: what's the equivalent sniffer for 5GHz channels? Both iStumbler and AirportRadar do not work.
     
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    I found my TC pretty easy to set up.
    I only use my Macbook(wireless) and Xbox360(wired) through it.

    Wireless was easy to set up with the Airport utility and my 360 was plug and play.

    I also briefly run my Windows PC though it, just for the internet, and again that too was plug and play wired.
     
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    guys

    im still having airport issues

    3 boxes connected

    mac mini = 250 + on the rate
    iphone = 54 on the rate

    all as expected

    my imac however.. 80 - 108 on the rate. the imac is 8 feet away from the time capsule!!

    do you recon my imac aiport/wireless is at fault?
    surely it should be the same as the mini!!?

    help!
     

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