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Why can I use wireless N? Answered

Ok, yesterday I got the new xbox 360, with built in wireless N, I have a wireless N router, the netgear wnr2000v2.  however my xbox says Im only connected in G, Ive tried everything and I cant seem to enable wireless N.  I Moved the speed in the routers settings up to 300mbps, but the xbox still says that im only in G. any ideas? 


Do they both speak true N, or does one of them speak only prerelease N? If the latter, they may not negotiate the protocol successfully and may fall back to G.

Are you sure the XBox is reporting properly?

Does it really matter? G is fast enough that for most of us the bottleneck will be our broadband connection. Heck, that may be true even for B.

wait does prerelease N mean 802.11a? and does true N mean the 2nd version that has better signal distribution, 802.11n? I'd assume that they speak true N because the router is relatively new, i got it last year, and this xbox just came out this year.

No, 802.11a is a different specification (and in fact operates at a different frequency.) Some manufacturers tried to get a jump on their competition by releasing an approximation of 802.11n before it was completely or officially nailed down as a standard. Those "pre-N" devices will reliably talk to other devices from the same manufacturer at the higher speeds, but -- depending on exactly when they were designed and how good the manufacturer's guesses were -- are not guaranteed to be able to make a .11n (-like) connection with anyone else's hardware, or with hardware that's designed against the final standard. Yes, hardware that came out last year should -- modulo bugs -- be speaking the official 802.11n protocol if it supports .11n at all. Not everything does. Heck, there's a lot of stuff that still doesn't support .11g because .11b really is plenty fast enough for most common uses... and in fact, .11g sometimes gets negotiated down to .11b because the slower protocol has better transmission range. I know nothing about the Xbox's networking hardware. I'd strongly suggest contacting the manufacturer for advice. Tell them what you're seeing, tell them what brand and model of router you're using, and ask them what the proper settings should be (on both ends) to make the boxes either connect properly at .11n or complaining when they fail to do so.

G is fast enough, but since I have the capability I'd like to use it :) what t you mean by true N and prerelease N? How Do i find out what type of N it is? Also The xbox bugs me about using N every time I try to use windows media center.

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.  Especially the last point. Although I must admit that if it was my system I'd be curious as to why N didn't work. Probably wouldn't spend a lot of time trying to fix it, but I'd be curious.