airport extreme basestation?

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  1. valiechemicalie macrumors member

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    How good is it?

    how far does the reception go? etc..
     
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    I had a standard 802.11g wifi box that *just* reached through the equivalent of 3 rooms to the back of the house in the conservatory, the signal strength was about 25% and very choppy.
    Now with my extreme it gets in the same place at about 60% signal. I did find that keeping the extreme on 2.4ghz to give me better stability and distance than the 5ghz range.
     
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  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    You have the option of 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz for 802.11n operations.
     
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    Yes this is the frequency transmission range and nothing to do with the actual speed.
     
  7. valiechemicalie thread starter macrumors member

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    how do i change it?

    couse on internet they say using 2,4 gives more range

    but my G5 would probably not be able to connect anymore
     
  8. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Note my comment on 802.11n operations.

    802.11g would still be limited to 2.4 GHz only.
     
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    Though you can change anywhere from 1-11 where 6 is the standard 2.4 GHz settings. I'd recommend 11 or 1. Probably 11. Depending on your router you do this through the router setup page.
     
  10. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I normally get placed on channel 3-6.

    No one ever seems to change their channel from 1 or 11. You sure you want to add another device on those channels?
     
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    Everyones channel selection may be different as it will vary from location to location.
    Other factors that share or interfere with the 2.4ghz bandwidth like DECT phones, Microwaves, video senders and even other peoples wireless etc will depict what other channels may be better in your area.

    your best bet would be to get a program that scans as to what channels are been used (for wireless networks) and then manually try the remaining ones.
     
  12. brop52 macrumors 68000

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    What do you mean? A majority of people have the default of 6 because they don't know how to use security or anything let alone change the wireless channel. Plus, a 3, 4, or 5 as you say will have interference from both channel 6 and people with channel 1. The three non-overlapping channels are 1, 6, or 11. I think the moral of the story is to do whatever works best without interference.
     
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    I just set mine up and so far I've been unable to get my windows laptop (work issued) to connect. I may be putting it away and getting the linksys back out. :(
     
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    True depending on your network situation.

    Around here the majority are on channel 1 or 11. My Buffalo router is set to automatic and it has picked 5 right now.
     
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    jessica, what laptop is it? IBM/Lenovo?
     
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    lol@u.

    :D:apple:
     

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