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HT3477 if both guest and regular networks are active on airport extreme, does it reduce the amount of bandwidth on each?

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Feb 26, 2012 3:23 PM

I know enough about computers to be dangerous ... all that said, I have 3 Mac computers in the house operating off of the Airport Express.  My question is this, if we are running both the regular network and the guest network, does it reduce the amount of bandwidth on both?


If so, how can I disable the guest network?


Thanks for your help ...

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,555 points)

    When the "main" and "guest" networks are enabled, the available bandwidth is split between these two networks. So, performance would be a good idea to only enable the "guest" network when you really have guests.


    I am assuming here that you have installed the latest Lion updates....including AirPort Utility 6.0.


    Open Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities > AirPort Utility

    Click on the AirPort Extreme icon

    Click Edit

    Click the Wireless tab

    Remove the check mark next to Enable Guest Network

    Click Update and allow 25-30 seconds for the AirPort Exteme to restart


    Reverse the procedure above when you want to enable the "guest" network again.

  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (47,550 points)

    The Guest Network feature of the AirPort Extreme is a form of VLAN implementation. As such, this network will need to share the overall bandwidth available with the "main" network ... so, yes, running both networks will reduce the overall bandwidth for both.


    The Guest Network is NOT enabled by default. If you or someone else has already enabled it, it is easy to disable using the AirPort Utility as follows: AirPort Utiilty (v5.x) > Select the Extreme > Manual Setup > AirPort > Guest Network tab > Enable guest network (unchecked)


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