AirPort Extreme Base still dropping connections?

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  1. tribe3 macrumors 6502

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    Hi folks,

    I had one of these a couple of months ago but had to return it due to constant dropping internet connection. Now I'm adding another computer to my network making it 8 total (6 Macs and 2 PCs) plus 3 iphones . I'm afraid that my airport express will not handle so many machines...


    What do you guys think/suggest ?

    Thanks
     
  2. Macinposh macrumors 6502a

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    Yes.

    Not only it drops connections (albeit rarely) it also features NEW features!!!

    Like poor WDSsing AND unusability of its USB ports for Airdisk or printers!!!

    WHOO!!!



    Dont bother.
     
  3. tribe3 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ahh so they did "improve it" after all :D

    Any suggestions for other brands that will be easy to setup ?
     
  4. tribe3 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I have a question:

    If I install a second Airport Express as a bridge, can I connect a computer to that second AE via ethernet and give it internet that way?

    EDIT: I need to install a machine in an upper floor, and this machine does not have wireless. If I can just connect it (ethernet) to a second AE I'll do that; if that is not possible I will buy for that machine a wireless card.

    Thanks
     
  5. Consultant macrumors G5

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    I have the gigabit AirPort Extreme Base Station.

    NO dropped connections. Perhaps you did not update the firmware?

    Do you have 820.11.b only devices? Those typically mess up a wifi network.

    Edit:
    Some are having Leopard only issues. Search MR for dropped network connection Leopard.
     
  6. mr.light macrumors 6502

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    Mine as well. Never had a problem with dropped connections once I switched to Airport Extreme from my lynksys.
     
  7. Consultant macrumors G5

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    I think bridge mode will work, as your computer will be using DHCP to get the information. Maybe you can call Apple store up to confirm.
     
  8. tribe3 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I have a mix of all the 820.11 versions that came out... including a mix of OS (Panther, Tiger and Leopard). Also W XP and Vista. So I can't imagine a more difficult environment for the AirPort Extreme Base Station to operate in.

    That must have been the problem...

    I'll just buy a wireless card for the new PC.

    Thank you!
     
  9. Consultant macrumors G5

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    820.11b will slow down everything else. You can either

    - upgrade all devices with 820.11.b to 820.11.g or better.
    - get a specific wireless access point / wireless router as access point, specific for the b devices.

    Or run some ethernet cables.
     
  10. macleod199 macrumors 6502

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    Speaking of which, several people seem to have had success using the Airport Extreme as a N-only network (possibly at 5.x GHz), with a wired connection to an Airport Express handling all the b/g traffic at 2.x GHz.
     
  11. haoqfu macrumors regular

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    I bet you are using the latest firmware 7.2.1, which is known for the constant dropping flaw.

    After downgrading it back to 7.2, my AEBS hasn't dropped connection for couple of weeks. Before that, it dropped several times a day.
     
  12. McGiord, Jan 4, 2008
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    Any update about the AirDisk (USB HDD) not mounting??
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