OPtimal Settings for Apple Airport Extreme
May 18, 2009 6:08 PM Subscribe
I have an Apple AirPort Extreme that is about one year old and recently our wireless network has been experiencing connectivity issues. We've played with some settings...are some settings better for connectivity than others? Do we need a repeater?
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We have a ranch style house with our cable modem and AirPort Extreme in the basement. For about a year we have been running this configuration with no issues, but starting a month ago or so it seems like our laptops and wireless devices (iMac, iPhones) cannot maintain a connection. We lose our network connection and have to manually join the network again. Even when connected, the network seems terribly slow.
We fiddled with the settings and, wondering if it might be interference, we turned on the option which decreases performance but works better with interference, and the problems actually got worse.
However we think it's perhaps a range issue as sitting in the room right with the router we maintained a connection for several hours, no problems.
We think the problem may have started when we set up WPA2 Personal security on the network. Is it possible that WPA2 encryption would decrease range or singal strength?
We aren't as worried about security as we are about funcionality. Are there some settings we should change to try and increase range?
If not, what options do we have for a network repeater? Can we just get another AirPort (probably a TimeCapsule to back up my Mac Mini) and set it up to "extend existing network" or do we need something else?