Airport Extreme Question

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  1. adam9c1 macrumors 65816

    adam9c1

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    #1
    Hi.
    I'm working with Airport Extreme setting up WiFi.

    AirPort Utility 6.3.2
    Radio Mode 802.11a/n - 802.11b/g/n (Automatic)
    Do I check the mark for 5GHZ network name and enable that?

    WiFi devices are as follows:
    iPhone 5S
    iPhone 4
    iPad mini
    iPad v2

    Thank you.
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

    Intell

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    You can leave that box unchecked. A 5Ghz network will be created and if a device is within range of it, it will be used over the 2.4Ghz network.
     
  3. PixelpusherBV, May 27, 2014
    Last edited: May 27, 2014

    PixelpusherBV macrumors member

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    #3
    I have enabled the 5GHz network & used the same SSID as the 2.4GHz network. That way my 5GHz enabled devices switch to use the faster network automatically, but the non-enabled 5GHz devices remain on the 2.4GHz network. This way you'll get the best connection your device/s can handle.

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    ^continued from my post above;

    From the top of my head, your 5s & iPad mini will exploit the 5GHz network & your iphone 4 & iPad v2 will use your 2.4GHz network.

    I have a similar set of devices & this set up works well for me.
     
  4. NukeIT macrumors regular

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    If you don't check it. Your device and the extreme will decide which channel is best and use that one.

    If you check it, it will split the 5 GHz channel off on it's own. So you can specifically tell a device to connect to the 5 GHz channel.

    Depending on your home/office/setup/etc. Your 5GHz channel may have worst reception then the 2.4 GHz but you still want to use the 5 GHz over the 2.4 GHz. Then you need to split it off. And manually choose it that way.
     

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