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Wireless printer slows down network

By vegasgmc
Mar 28, 2011
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  1. I just set up an SMC 300mbps wireless router and I have a 300mbps wireless N adapter on my notebook. Network and Sharing Center on the notebook show wireless speed 270-300 but when I add my Canon wireless printer to the network speed drops to 130. If I take the printer off the network speed goes back up. The printers adapter is wireless G. Is there a work around for this? Should I have gotten a dual band router? I have another wireless N router. Would bridging them help?Thanks
     
  2. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,693   +86

    Don't mix G and N on the same APN's You now understand why this is.

    802.11n @ 40MHz @ 300mbps (all N devices) APN's for N only

    802.11g @ 20MHz @ 54mbps (all G devices) APN's for G only

    This is the best way to go about this. So pickup another wireless router or ap if you can. Those with 2T/2R would be more ideal than 1T/1R ANTs for 802.11g @ 20MHz.
     
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,450   +324

    very good :) you can first move to a wired connection for the printer, but I've seen
    some of these not support the full feature set when wired - - crazy.

    so the alternative would be
    Code:
    modem===Router-N-Mode---your wifi systems
                 |
                 + ---- Router-G-Mode - - - wifi-printer.connection
     
  4. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,764

    Thanks. I lucked out. The usb port on my router thats supposed to be for storage is actually a print server.
     


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