Is it possible for airport extremes to just 'go bad'?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by biosci, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. biosci macrumors 6502a

    Apr 16, 2010
    Chicagoland, IL
    We've had a great setup for a long time with our extremes and expresses... But lately, the connections haven't been so hot and the wireless ranges have seemed to drop a bunch. Just wondering if this does happen from time to time due to aging hardware or the like. The wireless is still present but just as you move away from the original source, it doesn't seem to be what it used to be. Any ideas?

    Thanks in adv!
  2. glitch44 macrumors 65816

    Feb 28, 2006
    I'd expect it to completely fail instead of getting worse. If it's getting worse, I'd wager it's from some new source of interference (cordless phone, baby monitor, etc). Try changing the channel of your network in the Network Utility.
  3. smoge macrumors regular


    Jun 14, 2011
  4. RexTraverse macrumors 6502

    Feb 10, 2008
    Agree with the guys above that it may just be interference and try changing the channel. It may even be some new neighbors installing Wi-Fi or other devices and the local wireless being clogged. If you have a newer AEBS, are you still transmitting on 2.4GHz, 5GHz, or both? Try switching bands - 5GHz tends to be slightly less congested because fewer people are using it.

    I have both my modem and AEBS on battery backup and the wireless connection speeds when there's a neighborhood blackout... the difference is very noticeable.

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