Airport express as a extender speed question

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by metsjetsfan, Mar 6, 2016.

  1. metsjetsfan macrumors 65816

    Feb 2, 2011
    When extending an extreme with an express you will get up to 50% less speed due to the relay. My question is, does that only apply when you connect to the express extender or does it also reduce speed when you connect to the main primary extreme base station?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. LiveM macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2015


    However, with the current gen Express you can connect in client mode and use the ethernet port which will avoid this problem.

    You can also use powerline adaptors to wire your Express to the base station via mains power wiring.
  3. h9826790 macrumors G5


    Apr 3, 2014
    Hong Kong
    Depends on the Wifi connection, use the ethernet port may even worse, because the airport express only has 100M ethernet port, no 1000M port.
  4. LiveM macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2015
    This is still likely to be faster - if you need an extender, you are going to get way less than ethernet speed and latency via extended Wi-Fi and it will still avoid the problem of reduced throughput for the entire network.
  5. Shamgar macrumors regular

    Jun 28, 2015
    Speed will be reduced, but it's not the simple half performance of the old WDS standard. You will lose some overall performance for the overhead, and performance will be halved when actually relaying through the second station.

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