Resolved Help with Airport Extreme Wifi Signal

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Muscle, Jun 20, 2015.

  1. Muscle macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2010
    My internet speed in my room is significantly slower than that in the living room.

    In the living room I'm getting speeds of 40-60mbps. In the bedroom, I am getting speeds of 4-10mbps. My ISP is for speeds of 50mbps.

    I live in a 1 bedroom apartment (1 floor obviously). The airport extreme is literally less than 20 feet away from the iMac in my room and located in an open space in my living room. I also have an airport express sitting on my desk in my room right next to my iMac.

    I tested the speeds with my macbook pro and got the same problem.
  2. Muscle thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2010
    So I tried disconnecting my airport express and now speeds in my bedroom are back to "normal". Can someone explain why this is because I would still like to have my airport express for airplay use.
  3. mic j macrumors 68030

    Mar 15, 2012
    Is it possible you have your AE set to extend rather than bridge mode? If it's set on expand, your wifi speed will be about halved because it uses part of the bandwidth to for communication with the AEBS.
  4. Muscle thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2010
    Ok yes that fixed the problem. I switched it to bridge mode (Join a wireless network) instead of "extending a wireless network" and now my speeds are still normal in my room.

    So for future reference, extending a wireless network using airport express will reduce your wifi speed regardless of its placement (i.e. distance to your device, distance from your base station)?

    also changing thread to resolved.
  5. hwojtek macrumors 65816


    Jan 26, 2008
    Poznan, Poland
    Yes, because if you extend a Wi-Fi network, half of the bandwidth will be consumed by the actual extending.

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