Wireless Performance Question - Multiple WAP's and clients and performance

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On  a network that has multiple wireless access points, is it true that the wireless speed will only be as fast as the slowest wireless access point on the network?

The wap's are set up to bridge the network, and there are a combination of b/g/n waps. Would it be greatly advantageous to upgrade all wap's to the latest 'n' protocol?

Also, do the slower B/G clients bring down the over all performance of the entire wireless network, even if all wap's were upgraded to N? All devices are Apple Airport Extreme's.
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On  a network that has multiple wireless access points, is it true that the wireless speed will only be as fast as the slowest wireless access point on the network?

It depends how you bridge the AP. If you connect the fastest AP next to the router (default gateway) and all other APs are bridged in the order below, there will be minial impact to the wireless speed.

router -> n wap-> g wap -> b wap

The wap's are set up to bridge the network, and there are a combination of b/g/n waps. Would it be greatly advantageous to upgrade all wap's to the latest 'n' protocol?

technically speaking, YES, but it depends what are your usage for wireless network. If the usage is basic, i.e. surf the net and send emails, the difference in perfromance is small. If the usage is to video streaming and sending / receiveing large files, upgrade is a MUST.

Also, do the slower B/G clients bring down the over all performance of the entire wireless network, even if all wap's were upgraded to N? All devices are Apple Airport Extreme's.

It depends on your meaning of "bring down". In order to enhance backward compatability, wap n is operated in "b/g/n mode" instead of "n mode" so that it can be connected from B/G clients. If all your client are N, you can change wap n to "n mode" and the performance should be better overall.

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Just the info I was looking for. Thanks, jackieman!

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