3 Replies Latest reply: Dec 27, 2012 4:41 AM by edex67
Bruce A Level 3 (685 points)

Good morning.


My Airport Extreme base station (4th gen - A1354) seems slower than usual.


Can anybody advise for possible generic conditions (like settings for either base station or G4 PowerBook running 10.5.8) that might cause slower performance?


Thanks for your time!

PowerBook G4 1.67 mHz 17", Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • edex67 Level 4 (3,250 points)

    If you are using 802.11n hardware (like any recent Apple product) along with your older PowerBook (which I assume has it's original AirPort card installed) which is 802.11g this can slow down the 802.11n devices.

    Put simply, older WiFi hardware can slow down the network, therefore then the newer devices.

  • Bruce A Level 3 (685 points)

    Thanks for your reply!


    My slowness just started being noticed. I upgraded to 10.5.8 early in December.


    I assume it's the original AP card. From system profiler:

    AirPort Extreme  (0x14E4, 0x4318)


    Can that be upgraded to an "n" model that will still work with PPC processor under OS 10.5.8?


    Regards from snowy VT.

  • edex67 Level 4 (3,250 points)

    The internal card might be able to be upgraded but a better bet might be a USB WiFi card (brand of your choice, lots of people recommend OWC but never used these as I am in the UK).