This has got to stop...

john0011

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So i've always had a Mac in the house, but recently went from 5x PCs and 1x Mac to 0x PC and all mac



iMac 5k, New MBP /w AMD GPU, 12" MacBook, Apple Watch, APTC, APEx, and a magic trackpad. All in less than 2 months.

I made a lot of $$ back selling the Winders stuff, but Apple better not come out with something else soon =) If these computers last me 5 years like my last Mac did, i'll SAVE money in the long run (been buying a new PC every 1-2 years for awhile)
 

nebo1ss

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Just wondering why you would buy both a Time capsule and an Airport Extreme?
 

john0011

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Just wondering why you would buy both a Time capsule and an Airport Extreme?
Needed to extend my network on the house... APTC for backups and as NAS and also wired to the iMac, extreme connected directly modem and wired connections to Apple TV, PS4, and TV. Just one wi-fi access point did t cut it... Like 256kb when upstairs. Tried multi points with other products, Apple is the only one that got it right for me.
 

vladzaharia

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Needed to extend my network on the house... APTC for backups and as NAS and also wired to the iMac, extreme connected directly modem and wired connections to Apple TV, PS4, and TV. Just one wi-fi access point did t cut it... Like 256kb when upstairs. Tried multi points with other products, Apple is the only one that got it right for me.
You do realize that in order to work, your time capsule is connecting wirelessly to your Airport Extreme, right? Unless you have a separate WAN connection in your Time Capsule, it's limited to the same issues as just having one wireless connection. The only thing a range extender helps with is dead spots, not with connection speed.
 

sevoneone

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Just wondering why you would buy both a Time capsule and an Airport Extreme?
Possibility One: He has a big house and needs to maximize coverage.

Possibility Two: Poster, or the sales person that sold poster on his Apple goodies, didn't know that they are both Wireless APs/routers and the Airport is redundant with the time capsule.

Given the amount of Mac-ness in the photos, I am assuming the love is getting shared across the family and there will be an AP at both ends of the house, with the Time Capsule as router.
 

john0011

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May 30, 2015
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Possibility One: He has a big house and needs to maximize coverage.

Possibility Two: Poster, or the sales person that sold poster on his Apple goodies, didn't know that they are both Wireless APs/routers and the Airport is redundant with the time capsule.

Given the amount of Mac-ness in the photos, I am assuming the love is getting shared across the family and there will be an AP at both ends of the house, with the Time Capsule as router.
Last is correct =) wife and kids giving me hell about Wi-Fi upstairs. Just extended the network, the APs have excellent 802.11ac connection to eachother. Working very well unlike other products I've tried at home, and didn't spend thousands on a professional Cisco based system.
 

bmclaurin

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Last is correct =) wife and kids giving me hell about Wi-Fi upstairs. Just extended the network, the APs have excellent 802.11ac connection to eachother. Working very well unlike other products I've tried at home, and didn't spend thousands on a professional Cisco based system.
I did the exact same thing for the exact same reason. However, I connected mine with Gigabit (Cat6) ethernet cable so it doesn't infringe on our wireless bandwidth. Every little bit counts, as all 5 of us in our family are typically streaming something pretty much constantly. We have a fairly large house, and with this setup, we have strong coverage everywhere, inside and out. I love it.
 

john0011

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I did the exact same thing for the exact same reason. However, I connected mine with Gigabit (Cat6) ethernet cable so it doesn't infringe on our wireless bandwidth. Every little bit counts, as all 5 of us in our family are typically streaming something pretty much constantly. We have a fairly large house, and with this setup, we have strong coverage everywhere, inside and out. I love it.
+1 for hard wiring your connection! i really need to think about that but likely wont be in this house for another 2 years max...

for Apple Airport to Airport on Wi-Fi, we went form 256 Kbps up upstairs (only downstairs router) to ~3Mbps. downstairs is ~20 Mbps, so not perfect, but a HUGE difference extending the network with AP devices. other devices i tried best i saw was ~ 1Mbps upstairs, and only at night with the sun down.....
 

nebo1ss

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Needed to extend my network on the house... APTC for backups and as NAS and also wired to the iMac, extreme connected directly modem and wired connections to Apple TV, PS4, and TV. Just one wi-fi access point did t cut it... Like 256kb when upstairs. Tried multi points with other products, Apple is the only one that got it right for me.
I believe Apple makes a product called Aiport Express just for this reason.
 

john0011

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I believe Apple makes a product called Aiport Express just for this reason.
Correct! I actually started with that, but it does not do 802.11ac, and that not only has better bandwidth, but better range; but I also wanted the built in 3 port Ethernet ports on the extreme =)
 

TjeuV

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That's an awesome evolution towards Apple integration in your home network! And it's great you answer all the people that are not really contributing to the conversation but just giving comments based on assumptions.
 

ohbrilliance

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Are you connecting the APTC to the APEx by Ethernet cable? I ran a cable under our house from the cable modem to the TV, with the idea I would run two access points at some time in the future. The access point near the cable modem doesn't provide much signal to the opposite corner of the house. I'll get the gear to complete the job once the kids are old enough to need their own wireless devices. Or when/if Apple updates the Express to AC.
 

john0011

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May 30, 2015
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Are you connecting the APTC to the APEx by Ethernet cable? I ran a cable under our house from the cable modem to the TV, with the idea I would run two access points at some time in the future. The access point near the cable modem doesn't provide much signal to the opposite corner of the house. I'll get the gear to complete the job once the kids are old enough to need their own wireless devices. Or when/if Apple updates the Express to AC.
So you have my dream setup! physically wiring the access points is, of course, the best option. We're thinking about moving, so not willing to do the work here so just wi-fi to wi-fi will have to do.

This is what i got. I used the iPhone version of AirPort Utility since it actually shows the connection speed on the extended AirPort and not just "excellent"



The APEx is connected directly to the modem, and the APTC is extending the network (upstairs).

Here is the connection info from the APTC:


144Mbps is not too shabby given i've over Wi-Fi here =)
 

magbarn

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Possibility One: He has a big house and needs to maximize coverage.

Possibility Two: Poster, or the sales person that sold poster on his Apple goodies, didn't know that they are both Wireless APs/routers and the Airport is redundant with the time capsule.

Given the amount of Mac-ness in the photos, I am assuming the love is getting shared across the family and there will be an AP at both ends of the house, with the Time Capsule as router.
It's how mine is setup. My Time capsule is my main router connected to FIOS. A gigabit ethernet cable then goes from the time capsule to my airport extreme upstairs. That way I have 4 channels of AC goodness so I can do serious streaming without any wifi issues.
 
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