Airport Extreme Guest Network

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  1. ChristianSadler, Feb 23, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2013

    ChristianSadler macrumors newbie

    Dec 11, 2011
    Fort Myers, FL
    I currently am running a version 7.6.3 Airport Extreme on my home network, but it seems as though my roommates use up all of the bandwidth. So I decided to open up a 2.4 GHz guest network for the two of them on a separate SSID while I reserve the primary 5GHz network for myself. But it seems that when they download things on the guest network it still slows down the main network too. Is there any way to fix this or restrict the bandwidth of the guest network? I was under the impression that the guest network could only use 10-20% of the bandwidth of the main network.

    Also, when I did a google search for this I kept finding things about using a/b/g/n networks and restricting them to A while I set myself to N (with N being the fastest and A being the slowest). How would I do this? Thanks in advance for any help
  2. smellalot macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2011
    Are you sure that you're talking about your wifi bandwidth?
    Sounds to me as if your problem is slow Internet speed. If that's the case a faster wifi won't help you. QOS might help you with that.
  3. bohbot16 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 22, 2009
    As far as I've found there's nothing in the Guest Network feature that limits the bandwidth.
  4. marzer macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
    The guest network on the Apple routers do not do bandwidth limitimg. However, what you seem to be describing is the limitation of your internet bandwidth. What speed do you get from your internet provider?
  5. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    The Guest network feature is not going to help you... it still shares the same bandwidth with the main network. What you need is a router that supports QOS.

    What you might do it get a cheap wifi router that supports DD-WRT or Tomato firmware. Then put that router in bridge mode connected to your Airport Extreme. This way you can use the unrestricted AE for wifi and force the roomies onto the QOS restricted second router.
  6. ofteninjured macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2013
    Block internet from guest network

    I am looking for a way to disable internet access from the guest account on Airport Extreme (4th gen).
    I want users on guest network to share access to all services on the intranet, but not have any access to the internet.
    Is Airport Extreme capable of setting this up?
  7. Dalton63841 macrumors 65816


    Nov 27, 2010
    No. The entire point of the guest network is to allow access to the internet, WITHOUT giving them access to your local files and machines.

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