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I have just had my internet service upgraded to a higher speed, but although the speed test shows an increase, it is apparently slowed down by the router - Airport Extreme (vintage). Is there a way to adjust it to a higher speed or chanel?

Mac mini, iOS 11.3

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Apr 21, 2018 9:24 AM in response to Sebanders In response to Sebanders

Thanks for the info. Just to make things confusing, Apple produced two versions of the A1143.


The first was limited to a top speed of 100 Mbps because the Ethernet port for the Internet connection was capped at 100 Mbps. This model was first introduced in January 2007 and discontinued in August 2007. Although you might think of the Airport as "Vintage", Apple officially classifies this model as "Obsolete".


The second version of the AirPort Extreme A1143 was introduced in August 2007 and discontinued in March 2009. On a great day, under the right conditions, the WiFi speeds might reach the 200-250 Mbps range. Apple has also officially classified this product as "Obsolete".


What does the "Obsolete" classification really mean? It means that Apple will not help you or provide support for the product even if you are willing to pay them. But, since we are not Apple, we'll try to help.


Before we do that though, you should know that the average useful life of a WiFi router designed for home use is about 5 years. Even if you purchased the AirPort Extreme as the end of its production run, the product is at least 9 years old. As such, I would expect that the AirPort will likely only be capable of providing maybe a third to half of the performance that it could when it was 2-4 years old.


As far as picking the right "channel", if the AirPort is functioning correctly, it will automatically scan and select the best channel to use. While it is possible to manually select a channel, this is a lot more a guessing game than science, since other WiFi routers in your area are also changing their channels all the time.


In other words, if you spend an hour or two trying to manually select channels, you might find one that works a bit better than the others, but a few hours from now, it won't......because another router near you is using the same channel. That's why you want to use the "Automatic" channel setting on your AirPort in almost all cases.


Frankly, it is amazing that your AirPort is even functioning at all. You have had very very good luck with the product. We might be able to suggest a few things, but I doubt that they will help much to improve your speeds.


For now, power off the AirPort Extreme for a minute or two and then power it back up. This will force the AirPort into a new channel scan, and it will pick the best channel to use automatically......assuming that it is working correctly.


Give that a try and see if it makes any difference at all.

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Apr 21, 2018 8:37 AM in response to Sebanders In response to Sebanders

Several models of the AirPort Extreme are classified as "Vintage", so it would help if you could provide the model number of your AirPort.


It is on the bottom of the device, probably embedded in the foam pad base. It starts with an "A" followed by four numbers. Please post back with that information.


In addition, please post back with information about the device that you are using to check speeds. Hopefully, it is a Mac, and not an iPhone or iPad.

Apr 21, 2018 8:37 AM

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Apr 21, 2018 8:49 AM in response to Bob Timmons In response to Bob Timmons

Everything I have is Mac - the speed check was done on my MacbookPro 17 - and on my Mac Mini, a more recent acquisition.

The Airport Extreme model is A1143

I had my internet service upgraded from 30 to 75 and the speed test through the wifi reaches up to 59 download and 10 or close to it on the upload.
The Tekksavy people explained that the router might need to use a different channel to reach its optimum speed but that she was not familiar with the Apple Airport Extreme and how to do that. I don't see anything in the Utilities to indicate that that is possible.

Apr 21, 2018 8:49 AM

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Apr 21, 2018 9:24 AM in response to Sebanders In response to Sebanders

Thanks for the info. Just to make things confusing, Apple produced two versions of the A1143.


The first was limited to a top speed of 100 Mbps because the Ethernet port for the Internet connection was capped at 100 Mbps. This model was first introduced in January 2007 and discontinued in August 2007. Although you might think of the Airport as "Vintage", Apple officially classifies this model as "Obsolete".


The second version of the AirPort Extreme A1143 was introduced in August 2007 and discontinued in March 2009. On a great day, under the right conditions, the WiFi speeds might reach the 200-250 Mbps range. Apple has also officially classified this product as "Obsolete".


What does the "Obsolete" classification really mean? It means that Apple will not help you or provide support for the product even if you are willing to pay them. But, since we are not Apple, we'll try to help.


Before we do that though, you should know that the average useful life of a WiFi router designed for home use is about 5 years. Even if you purchased the AirPort Extreme as the end of its production run, the product is at least 9 years old. As such, I would expect that the AirPort will likely only be capable of providing maybe a third to half of the performance that it could when it was 2-4 years old.


As far as picking the right "channel", if the AirPort is functioning correctly, it will automatically scan and select the best channel to use. While it is possible to manually select a channel, this is a lot more a guessing game than science, since other WiFi routers in your area are also changing their channels all the time.


In other words, if you spend an hour or two trying to manually select channels, you might find one that works a bit better than the others, but a few hours from now, it won't......because another router near you is using the same channel. That's why you want to use the "Automatic" channel setting on your AirPort in almost all cases.


Frankly, it is amazing that your AirPort is even functioning at all. You have had very very good luck with the product. We might be able to suggest a few things, but I doubt that they will help much to improve your speeds.


For now, power off the AirPort Extreme for a minute or two and then power it back up. This will force the AirPort into a new channel scan, and it will pick the best channel to use automatically......assuming that it is working correctly.


Give that a try and see if it makes any difference at all.

Apr 21, 2018 9:24 AM

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Apr 21, 2018 9:32 AM in response to Bob Timmons In response to Bob Timmons

This was extremely helpful inasmuch as it will make it easier to convince my wife that the expenditure is justified. You are right about being lucky it has lasted this long. I have been thinking of upgrading for sometime, but the cost of a new one was somewhat prohibitive. The same goes for my Macbook Pro 17, which works marvelously well in spite of being classified as Vintage by Apple, and probably obsolete by now. Until it stops completely, dead in its track, I will keep on using it because it is still 100 times better than my wife's Windows computer that my son built for her some years ago for her birthday. But I also have my Mac Mini that I use mostly for website development - for myself (somewhat of an amateur at that) - and for blogging. I can be found at musicisthelight.com


I really appreciate your input. Thanks.


Regards - Sebastian Anders

Apr 21, 2018 9:32 AM

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