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Documentation about recomendations on proximity for AirPort Extreme Base Stations

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Is there documentation about recomendations on how close within proximity I can have an AirPort Extreme Base Station to another one?  I want to expand the number of devices I can have connected.  Currently I'm running into problems with users getting knocked off their WiFi connection.  When their device reconnects, they bump someone else off.  I suspect this is because the unit has reached the maximum number of connected devices it supports.  Any input and/or advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!



AirPort Extreme Base Station
  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,395 points)

    ThIs User Tip provided by forum expert Tesserax might be a good place to get started.


                     AirPort - Optimal Base Station Placement

  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,395 points)

    Some general thoughts:


    You would want to connect each AirPort or other wireless access point by using a wired Ethernet connection back to a central hub or router to maintain maximum bandwidth on the network.


    Not sure whether you are planning to connect wireless devices or wired devices, or have a combination of both.


    In theory, each AirPort router wil accept up to 50 wireless connections, but things are going to be mighty slow if you attempt to have them all connected at the same time unless you have a world class Internet connection.


    Better to plan on about 30 wireless devcies connecting per AirPort, so you will need 6 or 7 AirPorts to handle the load.


    Spending a few dollars now to have a professional IT guy come out and survey the building and take some measurements and offer some design proposals would be a good investment to consider....and it will likely save you money and headaches in the future.


    Better to know exactly what the network will do in advance than try to fix things on the fly.


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