Do Apple Stores use Airport Extremes?

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  1. tibere86 macrumors member

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    I was at the Apple Store in Georgetown, MD and noticed their wifi was blazing fast. Not so much in speed (30mb up/30 mb down) but in latency. I was seeing 8-10ms ping times. Do Apple Stores use Airport Extremes or some commercial wireless router solution?
     
  2. jayhawk11 macrumors 6502a

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    They use Cisco commercial grade routers. A relatively average sized store has 10ish mounted in the ceiling to provide coverage for the entire store.

    As far as the performance/latency goes, you're seeing the benefits of fiber optic internet. Try hardwiring next time you're in the store to really see what kind of speeds they get ;)
     
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    A network of Airport Extremes would be awful in a commercial space.
     
  4. jayhawk11 macrumors 6502a

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    Which is exactly why Apple Stores no longer use them ;)
     
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    I was interested in this answer too any networking gurus might help.
     
  6. tibere86 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the info.
     
  7. jayhawk11 macrumors 6502a

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    If you're looking for specifics, it's essentially a big Cisco Aironet system set up to run a public 2.4GHz Wireless G network (This is the "Apple Store" network) and a 5GHz Wireless N network (the "Apple Demo" network). They also have a hidden 802.1x network for the EasyPay Touch devices.

    As far as actual IP infrastructure, they tend to work with whoever the local ISP is for some mega bandwidth. Last store I was at could pull 250Mb/s easy, not counting the emergency failover infrastructure (typically a completely different ISP). They also have a couple edge servers in store for caching downloads from Apple.com/support and the Mac App Store, which is why Lion can download in about 5 minutes over ethernet (you end up maxing out your hard drive speed).

    Crazy what you can do when money is no object, eh? ;)

    No problem. Always a fun topic to answer questions about.
     
  8. squeakr macrumors 68000

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    I asked this same question of one of the genius when I was in there for an appointment a couple years back, and got the same answer that others have said with it being a Cisco network of commercial routers, although he did mention that they had a "couple" of AEs on the system as well, but what the public was seeing was primarily commercial Cisco network.
     

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