3 Replies Latest reply: Jan 27, 2013 2:52 PM by Tesserax
skidaddies Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

How would I learn which generation my old airport extreme might be?  I have had it since 2009 and am wondering if it is "wearing" out on me.  We have poor wireless connections in the other rooms away from the airport extreme base and we ARE using the airport express in the other rooms to boost wireless service.


Windows 7
  • 1. Re: how do I know which generation my airport extreme is?
    Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (48,245 points)

    Here are two ways to determine the AirPort Extreme Base Station's generation: 1) On the bottom of the AirPort Extreme there is a label with the Extreme's model number. 2) By using the AirPort Utility.

     

    In the first option, here are correlations between generation, model number, & part number:

    • 1st generation: A1143 MA073LL/A
    • 2nd generation: A1143 MB053LL/A
    • 3rd generation: A1301 MB763LL/A
    • 4th generation: A1354 MC340LL/A
    • 5th generation: A1408 MD031LL/A
  • 2. Re: how do I know which generation my airport extreme is?
    skidaddies Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    GREAT--found the 1354 on the back even tho I did not see the other numbers you listed (MC340LL/A)

     

    So I will assume I do have a 4th generation.  Got any tips how to improve the wireless service within my house?  Or should I switch to the 5th generation version for optimal wireless capability?

  • 3. Re: how do I know which generation my airport extreme is?
    Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (48,245 points)

    Got any tips how to improve the wireless service within my house?

    Before running out and getting a 5th gen model (unless that's you intent anyways ) I would suggest that we try a few things to help improve your extended network's performance.

     

    It is important to understand that each extending base station can only extend the Extreme's wireless network with the same bandwidth that it receives it ... so placement of the extending stations is very important. Please check out the following AirPort User Tip for details on best base station placement for maximum bandwidth performance.

     

    The other area to look at is Wi-Fi interference. There are two basic kinds: 1) Other Wi-Fi networks operating in the nearby vicinity, and 2) The building construction materials used between base station locations.

     

    In the first area, you may find that just by changing the radio channel that your extended network is operating on could just be the trick needed to improve overall bandwidth performance. I suggest you perform a simple site survey, using utilities like iStumbler, or AirRadar to determine potential areas of interference, and then, try to either eliminate or significantly reduce them where possible. What you want to look for are Wi-Fis with the strongest signal values and which channels they are operating on, and then, only change your network's channel if they are superimposed over each other. Another excellent application is: WiFi Explorer (for Macs) or inSSIDer (for Macs or PCs) to get a "visual" view of competing networks.

     

    The second item will be a bit more difficult to remedy other than changing the placement of each of the base stations.