Hardware :: Multiple AirPort Expresses - Huge Impact On Wireless Speeds

Jan 10, 2009

my internet connection got extremely slow. I thought it was because our ADSL modem was acting up, so I restarted it several times. That didn't help at all. I didn't really need a fast connection until today, so I started digging to see if I could find where the problem was. Well, it turns out it's with the AirPort Express base station. Base stations, actually, as I have three. I couldn't get a good reception in the back of our house, so I bought a second that's used in the living room, which I now have connected to my stereo. AirTunes is very nice, as I found out. I also wanted to connect a printer wirelessly, so I bought a third AirPort Express to go in the back of the house (as that's where I put the printer).

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Hardware :: Poor Wireless Speeds Using Airport Extreme Base Station?

Jul 22, 2010

I've recently upgraded into a faster Internet Provider, but for some, I'm still getting poor internet speeds using my Airport Extreme Base Station (Model # A1034) when using my Wifi.

When connected via Wifi, I'm getting at least 1-3/Mbps downstream while I can achieve 10-15/Mbps when wired.

What's causing this drastic downstream speed difference between Wifi and wired? Do you think it's time for a new wireless router?

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Hardware :: AirPort Extreme/Time Capsule/2 AirPort Expresses - Slow Connection?

Feb 23, 2010

I just got a time capsule and replaced my extreme with it then added my 2 expresses to the network. Was getting 28-33mbps download speeds using speedtest.net to test now i'm getting only 4-6mbps. WTH!!! Also the transfer rate for backing up my macbook to the tc drive is ridiculous!!!

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Hardware :: Setup For Airport Extreme 802.11a/b/g/n With Two Airport Expresses (802.11b/g)

Sep 5, 2010

I just purchased an Airport Extreme 802.11a/b/g/n to use as my home wifi router. I have two Airport Expresses 802.11b/g. I want to use one for Airtunes to my stereo and another for wireless printing.

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Hardware :: Extended Wireless Network - Multiple Airport Express Wireless Setup

May 14, 2009

I'm working in a home/home-office environment right now which was setup by someone else and I've noticed some odd network behavior when moving about the property. Looking at the setup, the relevant portion is: Cable modem - Airport Extreme - 10 port wired switch - 3x Airport Express in different areas of the house. The configuration of each device has the Extreme and all three Express devices set to "create a wireless network" with the network name the same for all four of them. I am not a networking expert but I would have thought that the Extreme should be set to be the "master" in a WDS network and the Express should each be set to participate in that WDS network. If they're all hosting their own wireless network with the same name and the coverage overlaps, how does a PC know which one it's using? Or maybe this doesn't matter. I just know that when we move from one room to another we frequently have to re-select the wireless network to establish connectivity.

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OS X :: Proper Setup For Two Airport Expresses

Jun 21, 2010

I have two Airport Express devices (one "N" and one "G"). I am not sure if I have them properly configured because my wifi network keeps slowing down to a crawl. I have a fiberoptic line and a modem that was supplied.

Currently, I have connected the "N" Airport Express to the modem and set it up as the "main" unit. I then setup the "G" Express to "participate" in the wifi network that I created.

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Hardware :: Adding Time Capsule And Airport Expresses To Existing Network?

Jul 9, 2009

I have a dual-band airport extreme router setup in a closet on the bottom floor of my 3-floor apartment, and I'm in need of some help figuring out how to go about adding some additional networking gear to my existing system

I have a 1TB Time Capsule which I'd like incorporate into my existing network. I have an available ethernet cable on the top floor of my apartment which I would like to connect the Time Capsule to so that I can quickly backup my MacPro (connected to network directly via ethernet), and so if possible I can extend the range of the Wireless-N network that my dual-band router is currently providing (because the signal on the top floor of my apartment isn't as great as I'd like it to be). I'd like to have the Time Capsule configured to only use the Wireless-N network so that my Macbook pro and my wife's Macbook Air will be backup to it via wireless-n speeds at all times.

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Mac Pro :: Wireless Card - Retaining High Speeds

Dec 15, 2010

I've recently bought a mac mini (newest revision) and I noticed that it's wireless card is a lot better at retaining high speeds (especially at 5ghz spectrum). Is there a pci-e wireless card that I could pop into the MP that's better?

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Hardware :: NAS Wireless Transfer Speeds Over N Network?

Apr 18, 2009

How long does it take for you to copy about 12GB wirelessly over a N network to a NAS attached to your router? For me (Granted its over G because I don't have a N card), it takes close to 5 hours for 12GB :O. Is it supposed to take that long or what?

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OS X :: Ultra Slow DL Speeds On I5 Mac Wireless But PC Is Normal...

Feb 19, 2010

I just got my first Mac last week and I love it to death except for one thing. I can only get D/L speeds of about .7 - 1mbps wirelessly on my Linksys N router but my PC gets the full "advertised speed" (about 5.8) on wireless. This is very annoying and I have no idea what it could be. I don't really know what it does but I did some research and some people in other places recommended clearing the cache and I did. Nothing works, no reboots, no unpluggs, nothing.

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Hardware :: 5GHz Wireless LAN Transfer Speeds

Jun 19, 2010

Got a question for all you people experienced with wireless LAN transfers over a 5GHz 802.11n network. I just got myself a new AirPort Extreme and a 2TB hard drive. I'm planning on using this 2TB hard drive as a media server, but only for one stationary MacBook that I have hooked up in the living room. Here's my problem: If I plug the hard drive directly into the AirPort Extreme and transfer something from my iMac in my bedroom, the speeds are fantastic. I definitely see the 5GHz speed bump, and can transfer a 4GB file in just a few minutes. However, since the MacBook isn't that powerful, streaming a movie over WiFi seems to skip the playback a bit.

I would love to have the server plugged into the MacBook to avoid this skipping. I've tried playing a movie off a USB drive and it plays perfectly fine. However, when I transfer a movie from my iMac to the hard drive hooked up to the MacBook, the transfer speed is much, much slower (what would normally take a few minutes takes about 15). Why is it doing this? Is this normal, or should the transfer speed be theoretically the same as if the drive were plugged into the AirPort? I double checked that this MacBook is in fact connected to the 5GHz network (although it's at 270mbps instead of 300, but I don't think that should make that big of a difference).

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Why Isn't IMac Transferring Files Over Network At Wireless-n Speeds

Jun 2, 2012

First of all here's my setup: 30d/4u Charter internet coming in through my Linksys modem, from there to port 1 of my 2006 Intel Xserve running NAT and DHCP, out from port 2 of the Xserve into my AirPort Extreme running in Bridge Mode, and then out to my other devices. 

My AirPort setup is as follows: Internet tab-DHCP, address set by Xserve; Wireless tab-Create a wireless network, WPA/WPA 2 Personal; Wireless Options...-5 GHz network name is not checked, Radio mode is set to 802.11a/n-802.11b/g/n (Automatic), both 2.4 and 5 GHz channels are set to Automatic; Network tab-Off (Bridge Mode). 

I am transferring 100+ GB of data across the network to my Xserve, but it is only Xferring at 5.5 MB/s, or around 44 Mbps, which isn't even at wireless-g speeds. My iMac is the Mid 2010 27" BTO w/ 2.93 i7 and 8 GB of RAM. It is also wireless-n compatible.The Xserve is wired and they have had gigabit NICs since the G5s. 

Things I've tried: In Wireless Options... I tried turning Radio Mode to 802.11a/n-802.11b/g and leaving 5 GHz network name unchecked, but the speeds were down in the 2 MB/s range. Again in Wireless Options... I checked the box for 5 GHz network name, and left Radio Mode in Auto, joined the 5 GHz network on my iMac, tried again, but again only 2 MB/s or less. In Wireless Options... again, I checked the 5 GHz network name box, and set Radio Mode to a/n-b/g, but ocne again, it ran at 2 MB/s or less. The AirPort Extreme is model A1354, which is obviously 802.11n compatible, and the iMac is also 802.11n compatible.  

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Hardware :: Average Transfer Speeds To Airport Extreme USB HD

Jun 6, 2009

I recently acquired an Airport Extreme Base Station. Its the previous generation - i.e. the one that does not have the dual band technology. I am getting extremely poor upload speeds to this drive while trying to backup (using time machine) or transferring even small files. Generally the transfer speeds are less than 1 mb/sec. Is this normal? I was under the impression that under wireless N, these transfer speeds would be much faster. I am literally within 5 feet of the router.

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Hardware :: Airport Express Splitting Bandwidth 50 / 50 Resulting In Slow Internet Speeds

Mar 10, 2009

I'm using a new AirPort Express updated with the latest firmware and AirPort Utility and both my roommate and I have been banging our heads against the wall. Speed to the APE is 130 Mbit/sec and both of our computers are connected to the APE just fine. This is what the ping looks like Ping has started ..

15 packets transmitted, 15 packets received, 0% packet loss round-trip min/avg/max/stddev = 151.575/154.369/156.210/1.359 ms. When I did a speakeasy test, it turned out that I am getting exactly half of our allotted bandwidth. Is there a way to configure this APE to act more like a router that truly shares a connection rather than a splitter that's cutting it in half?

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Hardware :: Add Another Wireless Router To Existing Airport Extreme Wireless Setup?

Mar 7, 2010

I have an airport extreme base station (wireless n draft). problem is, my room is all the way in the back and i get poor reception. Can i just buy another standard $40 wireless G router and "extend" my wireless network? if so, how easy would this be to accomplish? would it be as simple as hooking up the $40 router with my airport extreme using via ethernet cable so that it extends it? update: I am looking at this router...would this accomplish my purpose? [URL:....]

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OS X :: AirPort Utility - Unable To Find Any AirPort Wireless Devices?

Aug 9, 2010

When I am on my wireless network at home, I cannot print to my printer (via AirPort).When I go to the router and connect with ethernet cable, the AirPort magically detects itself in seconds.I have Windows 7 computers running bonjour and they can print just fine using AirPort.I was able to print fine wirelessly to the AirPort but today it's not working.

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Intel Mac :: What's Impact Of Changing DSN Preferences

Mar 13, 2012

Based upon my inability to update my iPad2 with its latest iOS 5.0.1, I was encouraged to and did change my DSN preferences in system preferences to the two Google ones ( and  I think what I replaced were the original preferences put in place by my Internet provider, Charter.net. Are there adverse consequences of changing the DSN, and should I change them back to those placed there originally?

Mac OS X (10.6.8), Safari 5.1.2, iPhoto 9.2, iTunes 10

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Intel Mac :: External Display Impact On GPU?

Jun 25, 2012

I have an early 2006 Intel iMac 17" with a Core Duo 1.83 GHz processor and the 128MB ATI Radeon X1600 GPU.I am planning on adding an external display to my iMac, probably a Dell Ultrasharp 23" with a resolution of 1920 x 1080.What I want to know is, what impact will running an 2nd display have on my iMac's frail and poorly cooled GPU?

At present, my GPU runs at around 45-50 C idle, and 60-65 C under gaming use. I have been considering opening my iMac again to clean all the dust out and renew the thermal paste on the GPU but simply haven't gotten around to this just yet.If the GPU is likely to run much hotter if a display is connected?

Mac OS X (10.6)

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Hardware :: New Administrator Change - Impact On Settings?

Feb 23, 2009

I am giving my old G4 iMac 20 (OS X 10.4.11) to a relative and have transferred my files; cleared caches, passwords, etc. and setup selected apps, iTunes songs, and iPhoto pictures for the new user. In order to conclude this iMac transfer, I have several questions:

When I change the Mac account to the new user and make her the administrator, what impact on the settings, iTunes songs, iPhoto phones, etc. whenever I delete my account/administrator?

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Oct 15, 2008

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Hardware :: Keep Linksys Wireless N Router Or Get Used Apple Airport Wireless G Router?

Jul 29, 2009

I want to fully convert to the apple eco-system but can't afford the new airport extreme right now. Model number of the used airport is EbM8799LL/A

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Hardware :: Is Possible To Connect To Multiple Wireless Networks

Apr 29, 2010

Just picked up my first mac, a brand new 13" MBP - which is awesome. I also have an AirPort Express that I've set up to use to play iTunes wirelessly to my external speakers. The problem is, my internet connection is coming off of another router (I live in a dorm-style place, so there is one shared internet connection). So far I've been able to either play music on my external speakers, or connect to the internet, but not both.
Am I doing something wrong? Is it possible to do both at once?

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Hardware :: Wireless Connection For Multiple Computers

Jun 7, 2010

I have the following items all currently connected through a fast ethernet connection and using NTT's Flets to connect to the internet.

G4 computer
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Gateway laptop (Win)
Canon printer
2 IO Data external HD's
Canoscan scanner

I would like to continue using the Flets connection for the internet but would like to link the computers and the printer to a wireless network and eliminate the clutter of cables, hubs and routers.

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MacBook :: Impact Of L2 / L3 Cache On Design / Drafting Purposes?

Jul 15, 2009

I am curious to know if L2/L3 cache impacts the performance of a macbook being used for Design and Drafting purposes. Of course this involves retrieving and real-time changes that will be made on a server and/or the macbook itself. Secondly, how significant will the functioning depend between a 3mb and a 4mb L2/L3 cache?

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Mac Mini :: Can't Get Multiple Devices To Connect To Wireless Signal

Mar 28, 2012

I just got a Mac Mini no too long ago and while moving to my new apartment, my wireless router had a tragic accident and is no longer with me. So I thought "hey, I will just use my Mac Mini to broadcast a wifi signal so my other devices can connect to it." So I spent the morning setting up the internet sharing in the Mac Mini system preferences. Got my Dell Studio 1555 to connect with no issues. But my roommates acer notebook won't pick up the wifi signal at all. Checked it on both of our smart phones (both are android models), my nook, and even my ipod touch. It is only showing up on the dell for some reason. I was wondering if anyone else has encoutered this issue before Mac mini is currently set up with 128bit wep with a 13 character password.

Mac mini (Mid 2011), Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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Dec 3, 2010

I would like to use Netflix to watch a few tv shows or movies on my Air, but in order to work, I need to download this plug-in. Does anyone know how this will impact battery life? Does the plug-in only run when needed or will it always be running in the background?

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Hardware :: DNS Settings In Multiple AirPort Environment (WDS)

May 11, 2010

I have a primary time capsule, and then I have it extended via another airport extreme. I've noticed that websites are slow to load, but I'm able to sustain pretty fast download speeds. I'm guessing this might be a DNS issue. I've tried google public DNS and I still can't seem to get this thing to fly. A related issue is more of a question. Do I need to change DNS settings on the airport that merely extends the first time capsule? It defaults to, the IP address of the router and I'm thinking that's probably what's best as it does the DNS resolution there.

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Hardware :: Advanced Airport / Lan Setup - Multiple Routers

Jan 8, 2008

So I want to setup an (advanced?) network using my existing wired router (sorry, have to use this cause of my IP-Telephone and my ISP), An Airport Extreme for high-speed N wireless to my MBP and an Airport Express for music streaming and slow wireless acces for my ibook and other devices (I don't want to compromise my N-connection for the MBP). I would like to let the existing router handle all the NAT (I barely know what this is) and stuff like that and simply let the Airports act like bridges (or something along thoose lines if possible).. The reson for this is I've heard the extreme has performance issues when going through NAT-handling or using the WAN-port (is it possible to connect the existing router to a LAN-port on the extreme and still have internet acces or does it have to connect to the WAN-port?) The MBP should be able to connect to the express exlusivly for music-streaming to my stereo (if it's possible to connect to the extreme using wireless and somehow the extreme is so smart it routes trough cable to the express that would be even more awsome!). The Ibooks and other devices would connect wirelessly to the express for internet and music streaming.....

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Hardware :: Airport Ports Forwarding For Multiple Computers

Apr 12, 2009

After adding the IP address of one computer on my network for port forwarding, I try to do the same ports for another port but I get the message "those ports are already forwarded" or something to that effect.However, its only setup for one of my computers and I need the second one to have the same ports open

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Hardware :: Using AirPort Express Airtunes Multiple Speakers?

Sep 8, 2009

If I get a AirPort Express and use the Airtunes features, can I play the same music at the same time though Airtunes and my MacBook?

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