Best Range with multiple Airports?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by fxscreamer, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. fxscreamer macrumors member

    Oct 12, 2008
    Looking for the best range to expand across a big house.

    1 Airport Extreme + 2 Expresses


    3 Airport Extremes?

    I understand the extremes latest revision have a boosted antenna, and much further reach, that's why I ask.
  2. mainstay macrumors 6502


    Feb 14, 2011
    3 AEBS beyond a doubt...

    if you can wire between them, even better.

    Configure Airport Extreme + Extension Station:

    1. In AEBS1 setup your wireless network and other DHCP settings as desired. Ensure "Allow this network to be extended" is checked in Airport >> Wireless.
    2. In AEBS2 use the setup assistant and:
    a. Give it a name and password
    b. I want my Airport Extreme to join my current network
    c. I want to connect my Airport Extreme to my network using Ethernet to extend my existing wireless network
    d. physically connect your AEBS1 LAN 1/2/3 to the WAN port on your AEBS2
    e. Select your AEBS1 from the list of devices to connect to...
    f. Update...
  3. fxscreamer thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 12, 2008
    Thanks. This house is for an event lasting a month, and is roughly 4000sq ft. Wiring ethernet won't be ideal, but the extended network should be good enough. I own an extreme and express myself, so am familiar with the concepts, but just needed confirmation from another person that AEBS are far superior in range. :D

    Now 3 AEBS's covering 4000sq ft..that's the real question. :confused:
  4. mainstay macrumors 6502


    Feb 14, 2011
    cleverly placed... they should work just fine.

    I cover a half acre property with several buildings using 2 AEBS.

    This was mentioned in another post and I can't wait to try it out:
  5. DarkHeraldMage macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX
    So glad I found this thread! I'm actually in the works of setting up a brand new wifi network in a friend's house larger than 4000 square feet and thinking that the best way to ensure coverage is 1 AEBS and 4 different AEs. The house isn't just big, it's strangely shaped so getting signal across the whole house on both floors is going to be a huge undertaking. Wasn't sure how I was going to even make sure that the 4 would cover the desired space, but I'm hoping that app helps! Thanks.
  6. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    At my parent's place (which is L-shaped), i have set up 3 Extremes on the each of the 3 corners of the house. Then I have an Express that acts only as an extender to a 4th Extreme in the basement. That covers the entire house, the driveway, front and back yards.

    The Airport Extreme as excellent range compared to the Express, so I would definitely go for 3 Extreme APs instead of the other combo.
  7. mmomega macrumors demi-god


    Dec 30, 2009
    DFW, TX
    I don't have a doubt that 3 5th gen AEBS, maybe even 2 could do the job.
    Also are you looking for 5GHz across the board or is 2.4 fine? In our last home, 1900 sq ft, 1 AEBS in the front right corner provided full WiFi throughout to the opposite corner and backyard, showing full signal anywhere in the home.
    I later added a 2nd to make sure i had 5GHz coverage throughout. I removed the Express from the network because it cut my bandwidth in half by extending.

    Now having a 2900sq ft 1 story I still use the 2 AEBS, although I have 2 more 3rd gens just in case I want to expand 5GHz to my workshop/garage.

    Also I have 1 4th gen AEBS at my office of 6,500 sq ft with 14 computers connected to it on various ends of the office, the AEBS is in a far right corner and still provides adequate coverage.

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