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Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by tnsmart, Nov 22, 2008.
Can anyone tell me the range of the Airport Express?
Someone must have some idea. I would like to buy an airport express as a gift for someone to replace an old wireless router, but it needs to have a big range. Anyone know what the range is?
first, please wait more than 2 1/2 hours before getting upset that you have no answer, people don't sit on here waiting to answer your questions,
range depends on a few things
structure of the house (wood, cement, etc...)
local wireless interference (cordless phones, microwaves, other wireless networks even.)
they typically work well for a small to medium sized apartment or a small house.
chances are, if it's replacing an older router, your range will be similar to the older one.
My Airport Express (with n) did a great job when i had a 2-bedroom apartment. The router was plugged into a wall outlet on one end of the apartment and worked great everywhere. I now live in a 2-story house and the signal is just OK at the far end of the house. I upgraded to the Time Capsule and now get a signal 2 doors down and across the street. Sometimes I connect the AX to my stereo and use the Airtunes feature-that is very cool.
The Airport Express is very sensitive to placement-specifically anything metal around it. I had it plugged into an outlet with nothing around it for 3-4 feet. If you do as some do and just plug it into a power strip laying on the floor around lots of cables, the signal won't go far.
Overall it's a great device and would make a nice gift. Its also useful for anyone who travels-I now carry mine in my laptop bag, it does a great job of making any wired connection (like a hotel) into a wireless one.