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What's the fastest Wi-Fi speed my Mid-2009 MacBook Pro can get from a 1Gbps modem?

I have an old mid-2009 MacBook Pro which I am currently using to try to access my newly-installed 1Gbps internet connection. Looks like I can't do that, because 100Mbps is the maximum my machine can do, according to several speed tests.

So I'm thinking of connecting an external USB wireless adapter to get as much speed as I can for my Wi-Fi. What make and model is best for this problem? I'm running El Capitan (OSX 10.11.6).

Thanks for all suggestions!
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your laptop Communication device is:
802.11a/b/g compatible

it is very old and you need a external WIFI Adapter to support at least N or AC protocol.

Name                Speed           Indoor Range                Frequency           Released

Wireless AC    1 Gbps           115 Feet  (35m)              5 GHz                        2013
Wireless N       300 Mbps      230 Feet  (70 m)         2.4 GHz, 5 GHz            2009
Wireless G       54 Mbps        125 Feet  (38 m)              2.4 GHz                    2003
Wireless B       11 Mbps        115 Feet   (35 m)             2.4 GHz                    1999
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Yes Ramin, I'm aware that I will need Wireless AC for this. Do you have any recommended product, and where can I buy it from?

It should support as fast a speed as possible...
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Ramin, I noticed that the faster adapters in the site have USB 3.0 connectivity. My laptop has only USB 2.0. If I'm not mistaken, USB 3.0 is ten times faster than USB 2.0. Does that mean that if a product claims 1300 Mbps on a 5GHz band, I can only have 130 Mbps if I connect the adapter to my machine?
USB 2.0 will be slower than 802.11n, but faster than your 802.11g, at about double.  You'll need to get a new Macbook to get faster WiFi speeds.  Otherwise, you should use the wired ethernet port.
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Clear solution, the link gave me new ideas.
I'm glad I could help. and Thanks.
You can find specifications at Everymac.com
http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/macbook_pro/specs/macbook-pro-core-2-duo-2.26-aluminum-13-mid-2009-sd-firewire-800-unibody-specs.html

Connectivity includes AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, Gigabit Ethernet, a Firewire "800" port, two USB 2.0 ports, the same "combined optical digital output/headphone out (user-selectable analog audio line in)" port used by the iPhone, a "Mini DisplayPort" that supports an external display at 2560x1600, and an SD card slot.


Theoretical maximum speeds often have little to do with actual results.