1 Reply Latest reply: May 5, 2013 9:11 PM by Tesserax
rnajmi2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi everyone, I recently purchased a time capsule in order to back up my macbook's files and extend my airport network. At present I have the airport extreme as my main base station with both the time capsule and an airport express set up as wifi extenders. However, I've noticed that my wireless signal constantly drops off in the very room where I have my time capsule situated. I would not expect such a problem because I am definitely within its range while in the room. After opening airport utility I noticed this as my airport configuration.

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When in this straight configuration I've found that time capsule does not extend my network. It only extends the network when the airport express is parallel to the time capsule as shown below. However, the working setup does not last very long and usually reverts back to the straight configuration within a few minutes. My question is whether this is a normal occurrence or if I should be concerned with this phenomenon.

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MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3), 16gb ram, 2.7ghz i7
  • 1. Re: Airport Configuration issue
    Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (48,245 points)

    The second image you provided shows the correct configuration for an extended wireless network with both the Time Capsule (TC) AND the AirPort Express (AX) extending the wireless range of the AirPort Extreme (AEBS) base station. It would not be normal for the configuration to change.


    Where are the physical locations for each of these routers? Are both the & AX roughly the same distance from the AEBS. Are they all on the same floor? Have you measured the Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) of the AEBS at both the location of the TC and AX to be sure they are within 'range' of the AEBS.


    To determine SNR, please check out the following AirPort User Tip.