Optimizing an AirPort network

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  1. digitalmac macrumors member

    digitalmac

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    Currently I have 1 AirPort Extreme as the base station for connecting the Internet and 2 AirPort Express to extend the network so that I can have Internet access wherever I go in my house. However, I don't think my current setting is optimized for my setup. I want to know if there are any great tools out there? And I use "Participate in a WDS network" as my wireless mode.
    Previously I use Stumbler for monitoring the network signal. Any others?
     
  2. jbrettz macrumors member

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    Since everything is airport, then use "extend the network." instead of WDS. WDS will be slower. I'm not a techie but I have read enough to know that you want to use "extend the network" also pick higher channels to use.like 161 for less interference and more speed. I have a time capsule, an airport express and a airport extreme covering my house.
     
  3. jbrettz macrumors member

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    I also use this ebook to help me set up my network. Really a great book to help you set it up.

    Take Control of Your 802.11n AirPort Network

    Make your 802.11n-based AirPort network fast, reliable, and secure!

    Find real-world advice from Wi-Fi wizard Glenn Fleishman on setting up the 802.11n models of Apple's AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and Time Capsule, with full information about the simultaneous dual-band models introduced in early 2009. You'll get help with all the special networking details, such as how to set the best band and channel for your network, use pre-802.11n base stations and clients without hurting performance, set up complex Internet addressing, share USB disks and printers, solve a variety of problems, and much, much more (see the "More Info" tab below).

    http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/airport-n
     
  4. digitalmac thread starter macrumors member

    digitalmac

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    Thanks jbrettz for your information. I did change from "WDS" to "Extending the network". I am still looking for tools that could help monitor the signals.
     

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