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Froyo Feature: 802.11n WiFi support

When the Nexus One first came out, there was some question about wireless N.  Mainly why didn't it work.   N1 users who were rooted and running Cyanogen Mod started seeing some 802.11n goodness last month, but now it's official.  Wireless N support is included in Froyo.  You probably won't notice much speed difference (at least I didn't) as even the Snapdragon processor can only process so much information.  But the increase in signal strength and range is awesome -- especially for spending a Sunday morning out on the deck reading the news with a pot of coffee and a cigar.  I used to have to depend on Sprint 3G and my Hero to do that, but Froyo lets me bring the N1 out for some fresh air and to join the party.

(Thanks, John (and Google)! Find a cool new feature in Froyo and want to tell the world about it? E-mail us here and we'll make you famous!)

Jerry Hildenbrand
Jerry Hildenbrand

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

  • Where do I enable wireless N? please add some more description as to where we do this in settings etc.
  • I assume you don't have to, it should just connect.
  • Yep. No setup is necessary on the phone end. If your wireless router is set up as 802.11n Froyo will now connect
  • Does the N1 work on the 5GHz spectrum, or just 2.4GHz?
  • My old router doesn't support 5GHz, so I can't say for sure. I've got a couple of folks testing it and will report back this evening.
  • It will only support single band 802.11n (2.4 GHz); see the iFixit tear down article and Broadcom product page.
  • Thanks for that. And tests confirm, Froyo will NOT connect at 5GHz.
  • How can you tell if your N1 is hitting wireless N instead of G? I've updated to Froyo, but can't track it down.
  • Have to look at your router settings/connected devices page.
  • I use the 'WebSharing' app instead of USB mounting to transfer files to my N1 and I noticed it was connected at 802.11N last night. Took a look at my Airport Extreme Base Station logs and sure enough, I was on N speeds. Makes a huge difference when transferring large audiobook files.
  • I can confirm my N1 with 2.2 is connecting to my D-Link router with 802.11N at 65 mbps. Lot faster than my wireless connection on my Incredible.
  • The radio seems to connect to N but it does not seem to support the speed of N. Mine connects at the exact same speed (via my router cpanel) that it does at 'g'. Better range and stability to be sure. But has it been confirmed that the full protcol is supported in this version?
  • The Froyo Wifi Support is looks the same like in 2.1. The stability and range against the N router is the same, loose connection frequently and also the range is no as should be for 802.11N. Speed is also not as should be for N and looks same like in 2.1 (I had max 72MBps in 2.1 when I'm 1 meter from the D-Link N router and lso after upgrading to the 2.2 I have the same connection quality). Best Regards.
  • I'm excited about Froyo but not excited about having to buy a new phone to get it, as i seriouly doubt that my sprint HERO has the muscle or the memory to handle it. ...and its not even a year old... Even so, its nice that there's hope of some day owning an android handset with which I can get a room or two away from the router without losing signal.