Airport extreme wearing out?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by harry*333, Sep 10, 2010.

  1. macrumors 6502


    Jul 24, 2009
    Over the past couple weeks I've noticed that my airport extreme's wireless signal has gone down. I bought it new in 2004, and it's always had a full signal everywhere in the house on multiple computers. Now the signal strength seems to be kinda random, somedays I'll have full signal and somedays it will drop to one 'bar'. I should note that it does have the latest firmware installed, and this happens on multiple computers new and old.

    So my question is if anybody has had this experience with airport extremes, particularly older ones?
  2. macrumors member

    Sep 27, 2007
    Sounds more like a conflict with another wireless router/ap?? I would use one of those wifi scanning utilities, there are some decent ones on the App Store.
  3. macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2003
    Since the base station has no moving parts, it would be pretty difficult for it to wear out.

    My guess is that since you purchased in in 2004, WiFi stations in your area have been poping up like crazy. They all tend to slightly interfere with each other, and this can cause the degrade in connection quality as you've experienced.

    You can go into the base station settings and try to change the channel that it works on to a less used one. This MAY help, so you have to take some time to experiment.
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jul 24, 2009
    Thanks, I'll do some experimenting,
    This especially sounds like it would explain it, because when we bought it wireless Internet was almost unheard of in my neighborhood
  5. macrumors regular

    Aug 4, 2009
    iStumber may be useful: It will list the channels of every base station you Mac is picking up on.

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