securing and speeding up Airport extreme

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by jgbr, Jan 1, 2011.

  1. jgbr macrumors 6502a

    Sep 14, 2007
    What are peoples top tips for securing and speeding up Aiport extremes

    (Latest ones/firmware)


    1. Does the Lan connections all share the same bandwidth?
    2. No QoS and Packet checking on extreme - impact on security?
    3. What advanced settings do people find are the best for security
    4. what advanced settings/configs do people people use to get the max wired speed.
  2. Matthew Yohe macrumors 68020

    Oct 12, 2006
    No, it's a switch.

    Not sure how QoS would have any impact on security.

    Lock it down with WPA2, disable WAN SMNP, Disable IPv6 tunneling.

    Uh, take it out of the box, plug it in.
  3. jgbr thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 14, 2007
    it has no SPI tho - so just wondering what settings you could use to secure more ?

    QoS - is speed related, wondered if anyone had any ideas on improving performance of Extreme


    What settings people are using under advanced to secure/speed more?
  4. Alonzo84 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 18, 2009
    North Carolina
    I believe the default settings provide the best speed and security. WPA2 is the best you can get for security, and the radio channel is set to automatic so it should find the channel with the least amount of traffic and interference. There is a forum on the Apple support page that discusses manually changing channels if you find the signal is weak. But for the most part, just follow Matthew's advice and just plug it in.
  5. oakie macrumors 6502


    Oct 16, 2008
    as far as speed goes, unless you have gigabit fiber to your home, it aint the airport extreme that's slowing you down, and nothing you do to it is going to increase the speed of your wired connection.

    for security, SPI is built into your Mac's firewall. turn it on. if you're that worried about security over a wired connection, dont go to porn sites.

    QoS, or Quality of Service is simply prioritizing certain packets recognized as audio or video to ensure they have priority over the network to try and prevent reduction in quality.

    but the main question is "why?" so that you can get answers that better fit your repeated questions. or maybe you bought the wrong router for your needs.

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