8 Replies Latest reply: Jun 5, 2012 9:43 AM by Cdog2
mk1951 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have an Airport Extreme n/g connected to my dsl modem. Everything works but my question is does this base station automatically broadcast 2 networks so some devices like iPhones or iPads do not slow done the computers with n cards? Or do I manually need to create 2 networks when setting up the base? One that works with slower devices and one that is n ONLY. I bought this base a while back because I thought it connected all devices on the same network without a decrease in speed to the n devices.Any comments appreciated.


iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • 1. Re: Airport Extreme N/G 1 or 2 networks?
    Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (48,245 points)

    I have an Airport Extreme n/g connected to my dsl modem. Everything works but my question is does this base station automatically broadcast 2 networks so some devices like iPhones or iPads do not slow done the computers with n cards?

    If you have a third generation or later 802.11n AirPort Extreme Base Station (AEBSn), it will broadcast two wireless networks, one on the 2.4 GHz band and the other on the 5 GHz band, simultaneously. By default, the Radio Mode will be set to Automatic ... which usually defaults to: 802.11a/n - 802.11b/g/n. This mode is meant to handle ALL wireless clients on either band. Note: 802.11n can operate on either or both bands; 802.11a is restricted to the 5 GHz band, and b/g is restricted to the 2.4 GHz band.

     

    If you have all "n" wireless devices, then you may want to consider reconfiguring the Radio Mode to: 802.11n only (5 GHz) - 802.11n only (2.4 GHz). Since your iOS devices only support the 2.4 GHz band they would NOT compete with any other devices connected to the 5 GHz radio. One exeption, is the 3rd generation iPad which support both bands.

  • 2. Re: Airport Extreme N/G 1 or 2 networks?
    mk1951 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the dual band base station (about 1 yr old) so I think what you are saying is that it automatically handles different speed wireless devices w\o having to manually create 2 networks. Thanks for your response.

  • 3. Re: Airport Extreme N/G 1 or 2 networks?
    Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (48,245 points)

    I have the dual band base station (about 1 yr old) so I think what you are saying is that it automatically handles different speed wireless devices w\o having to manually create 2 networks.

    That is correct!

  • 4. Re: Airport Extreme N/G 1 or 2 networks?
    HACKINT0SH Level 5 Level 5 (5,755 points)

    Tess, the second gen iPad also supports a,b,g,n.

  • 5. Re: Airport Extreme N/G 1 or 2 networks?
    Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (48,245 points)

    Thanks for the correction.

  • 6. Re: Airport Extreme N/G 1 or 2 networks?
    Cdog2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Can I ask one more add on question. I have a gen 2 airport extreme, 2 airport express g, one airport express n, ATV gen 2, ATV gen 3, 2 iPhone 4, 2 iPad 2. The airplay has been sooty and IPhone and iPad slow so I bit the bullet yesterday and ordered a new airport extreme gen 5 and 2 new airport express n to replace the airport express g. Haven't been del from Apple yet but is this going to help?

    Thanks

  • 7. Re: Airport Extreme N/G 1 or 2 networks?
    Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (48,245 points)

    Any time you can remove any non-"n" devices from your network configuration, you stand to improve the overall bandwidth available.

  • 8. Re: Airport Extreme N/G 1 or 2 networks?
    Cdog2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks so if I go all n with airport express am I over doing it switching from a airport extreme gen 5 instead of just keeping the gen 2 extreme. Will any of this help with iPhone or iPad?