Airport Extreme Signal Strength

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  1. numbersyx macrumors 65816

    numbersyx

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    Just recently bought AEBS. I have found that setting it to run at pure N. i.e. 5 Ghz allows a great connection speed (300 mbps) but lowers the distance at which it can operate. When I take it down one floor in my house, it loses the connection entirely. Moving it back to a/b/g/n keeps the signal up but lowers the connection speed to 130 mbps.

    Anyone got any solutions...
     
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604

    iBookG4user

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    Why do you need connection speeds faster than 130mbps? I would just leave it at the a/b/g/n setting since it has better range and range is important to you.
     
  3. macleod199 macrumors 6502

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    Such is the physics of signals. Higher frequency signals tend to penetrate objects less well/not travel as far. This is why everyone's so excited/eager to buy up the UHF frequencies that were freed up by killing all those TV stations.

    So basically, there is no solution in this universe. :)
     
  4. Objectivist-C macrumors 6502

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    Take a belt sander to your walls and ceiling. [​IMG]
     
  5. numbersyx thread starter macrumors 65816

    numbersyx

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    I have a NAS and transfer files between computers so the speed is important. However, as one of the posters has pointed out, that is the weakness of the higher frequencies. I intend to keep it at a/b/g/n for now unless I can find a solution.
     
  6. iBookG4user macrumors 604

    iBookG4user

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    You could buy a range extender, that would boost the signal. Although I don't know if there are any ones for Wireless N.
     

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