Airport Extreme Help

eternlgladiator

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I have a generation 2 (third release) airport extreme base station. It is the model that supports gigabit ethernet (A1143, MB053LL/A). I've been noticing lately that it seems to be limiting my internet speeds over wifi. I've talked with my ISP and when I hardwire I can get 12ms ping, 50-60 down, 8-12 up but on wifi I can barely get 1/3 of that. Is the router holding me back? I've tried to research but these terms are all foreign to me and I just don't know what I'm looking at.

Some additional info. Router is in the same room as I use it but regular hardwiring is not an option. It's in clear line of sight to most regular use. Devices connected include Macbook Air 2012, iPad mini, iPhones, HP laptop. Happy to provide other info if needed. Also I doubt this is effecting anything but I do have an external drive connected to it for use over the network but only access it sparingly.

I don't really want to by a new router if I can avoid it.
 

Altemose

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I have a generation 2 (third release) airport extreme base station. It is the model that supports gigabit ethernet (A1143, MB053LL/A). I've been noticing lately that it seems to be limiting my internet speeds over wifi. I've talked with my ISP and when I hardwire I can get 12ms ping, 50-60 down, 8-12 up but on wifi I can barely get 1/3 of that. Is the router holding me back? I've tried to research but these terms are all foreign to me and I just don't know what I'm looking at.

Some additional info. Router is in the same room as I use it but regular hardwiring is not an option. It's in clear line of sight to most regular use. Devices connected include Macbook Air 2012, iPad mini, iPhones, HP laptop. Happy to provide other info if needed. Also I doubt this is effecting anything but I do have an external drive connected to it for use over the network but only access it sparingly.

I don't really want to by a new router if I can avoid it.
Try resetting it...
 

ABC5S

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Have you tried different channels that are not as congested for your area ?

Does your AE support 5 Ghz ? I switched to a different channel and only using 5 Ghz since my AE is in the same room, no obstructions and I get better download speeds over 2.4 Ghz.
 

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eternlgladiator

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Have you tried different channels that are not as congested for your area ?

Does your AE support 5 Ghz ? I switched to a different channel and only using 5 Ghz since my AE is in the same room, no obstructions and I get better download speeds over 2.4 Ghz.
I'm not exactly sure how to do that. Can you explain a bit more?
 

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Step One, if you wish is to download an app from Apples App store called "WiFi Explorer". Is not free, but cost a little. There might be some free versions that someone might have for you, but this is the one I use. This app will give you a lot of information from your Airport Express.
 

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Step three... Now open your AirPort Utility from the "LaunchPad"

Click next to the Airport Extreme Photo and an edit button will appear. Click on it and than click on Wireless at very top. After which click on the Wireless Option tab on bottom of next window. Final window you will see a place to change your channels to the best one for your area
 

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eternlgladiator

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Follow this guide to find the wifi channels that have the least interference in your home then go to Airport Utility in the screen ABC posted and set the Extreme to use those channels.
Step One, if you wish is to download an app from Apples App store called "WiFi Explorer". Is not free, but cost a little. There might be some free versions that someone might have for you, but this is the one I use. This app will give you a lot of information from your Airport Express.
Thank you both! I'm going to give these a try tonight.
 

eternlgladiator

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Follow this guide to find the wifi channels that have the least interference in your home then go to Airport Utility in the screen ABC posted and set the Extreme to use those channels.
I did this and set it like this. My speed on my laptop looks like it should now. Are there any downsides to having it set up like this based on what I have in my OP?
 

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Altemose

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I did this and set it like this. My speed on my laptop looks like it should now. Are there any downsides to having it set up like this based on what I have in my OP?

The only down fault would be the lesser range as 5 GHz degrades quicker than 2.4. If you still have coverage where you need it then I wouldn't worry about it.
 

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The only down fault would be the lesser range as 5 GHz degrades quicker than 2.4. If you still have coverage where you need it then I wouldn't worry about it.
This is a known issue with 5 Ghz but at least with me, I have my system just a few feet away from my modem. Very good speeds. But be warned, if you use your computer further away or in another room, 5 Ghz will degrade.
 

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I did this and set it like this. My speed on my laptop looks like it should now. Are there any downsides to having it set up like this based on what I have in my OP?
It looks like you set it to 5Ghz only and you don''t necessarily need to do that. You can have both 2.4 and 5 on and assign them the channels suggested in that wireless scan utility from the video I linked.

As long as all your devices will work on 5 though and you are getting coverage everywhere you need it, no harm leaving it this way.
 

eternlgladiator

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It looks like you set it to 5Ghz only and you don''t necessarily need to do that. You can have both 2.4 and 5 on and assign them the channels suggested in that wireless scan utility from the video I linked.

As long as all your devices will work on 5 though and you are getting coverage everywhere you need it, no harm leaving it this way.
I'm on Yosemite and didn't see a way to set up both...