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Airport Express to boost signal?

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Nov 19, 2013 1:08 AM


I'm currently on a wireless network. I'm moving location within the building and need to be on the same network. The new location is a few doors down from the airport express currently setup as the router for our network. So i have of course lost a bit of signal strength. Normally i get something like 40/mbs up and down but in the new location it has dropped to around 12.



I was hoping that getting another Airport Express to use as an extender would boost the signal to my new location but before i did that I brought in an old airport express to try it out first. But not much happened, i was still on around 12/mbs up and down (?). My question is: the current network router is a new Airport Express which we got only a couple of months ago. Could this be the reason why my signal didnt improve at all when testing the old airport express as the extender?



I just want to try and avoid getting a new one only to find out it wont do much either.





  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,425 points)
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    Nov 19, 2013 6:13 AM (in response to m__k)

    When you set up an AirPort Express or other AirPort device to "extend" a wireless network, it is very important to remember that the extending AirPort can only extend the quality and speed of the signal that it receives.


    In other words, the extending AirPort needs to be located where it can receive a strong, fast wireless signal to be able to extend it effectively.


    If you locate the Express in the area where the speed has dropped to 12 Mbps, that is what the Express will extend. You want to locate the Express where the speed has not dropped so much, maybe around the 30 Mbps point.


    Normally, that would mean that the Expess is located about half way between the "main" AirPort router and the general area that needs more wireless coverage.


    Not sure what you mean by "old" AirPort in your post. A really "old" AirPort does not have the capability to "extend" a wireless network at all, so if you have one of those devices, it would not have done anything for you.


    Can you locate the model number on the side of the device?

  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,425 points)
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    Nov 20, 2013 4:56 AM (in response to m__k)

    Is the model number A1264?


    Or, is is it something like A1084 or A1088?


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