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Gettng the best signal throughout the house

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I need advice on how to maximize my signal.

I am using 2 Airport Extremes in my home. The base is a room next to my iMac and the secondary Extreme is in a Guest bedroom with 2 printers hooked up to it so anyone can print wirelessly. Both are on the first floor of a ranch home that has a walk out basement. I find it difficult to get a good signal in one side of the basement, which is at the side of the basement toward the front of the house.

My other question, would the signal improve if I can get any of the Airport Extremes as high up as possible? Both are on desks.
iMAC 20" and Unibody 13" Macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • Damathecat Calculating status...
    I had similar issues using the Extreme as a base and two Expresses. One Express connected to a home stereo and the other one connected to a stereo in a detached building. The home stereo is approximately 35 feet from the Extreme the one in the other building is approximately 100 feet away from the Extreme. My signal had to travel through three concrete/rebar walls. We live in a rural area and relay on internet radio for daily music.

    Some days all was well, but other days I'd get intermittent drop-outs. I'd blame them on "sun spots" or "Alien Fly-Byes". I was OK with that, but my wife was not convinced.....

    A year ago I discovered the "Dr. Bott ExtendAir Omni" anti for the AirPort Extreme. Bought it, hooked it up, and life became great.

    Now, I not saying that this will cure your woes, but it can't hurt..........

    Mike
    iMac 24" Aluminum Intel Core Duo 2.6 GHz 2 gig RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.7), AirPort Extreme, Dr.Bott Anti, Two AirPort Express
  • Damathecat Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    To answer your questions as best I can:

    1. Dr. Bott is a small antenna that alters the wireless coverage area from the jagged, roughly spherical pattern generated by the AirPort Extreme base station to a shape that is more suited to the location/environment at your location. It provides approximately 3.5 dBi signal increase and that computes to approximately 10 to 25 percent greater coverage than the Extreme alone.

    2. From your description of your location and setup I can't really comment on why you are having a wireless/signal issue. Are your walls made up using "steel studs", do you use one or two wireless phones, do you use a cell phone a lot, is there a lot of metal in your building, do you live under "high tension elect towers", ect.????

    That said,,,, lots of things effect/affect your reception at your location using wireless with or without an antenna. All I can say is that the antenna did greatly improve my situation and the thick cement, steel reinforced walls in by buildings.

    Additionally, an article in Mac World endorsed the Dr. Bott a while back. I would attach a photo or print screen of the antenna, but I can't seem to figure out how...... Sorry not to be more help.

    Mike
    iMac 24" Aluminum Intel Core Duo 2.6 GHz 2 gig RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.7), AirPort Extreme, Dr.Bott Anti, Two AirPort Express

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