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    airport express/extreme - will they improve wifi speeds?

    This is a discussion on airport express/extreme - will they improve wifi speeds? within the Sky Broadband (Fibre) Help forums, part of the Sky Broadband help and support category; I have an Airport extreme running my Sky Fibre wifi, had it 5 years and its still working like new. ...

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      Re: airport express/extreme - will they improve wifi speeds?

      I have an Airport extreme running my Sky Fibre wifi, had it 5 years and its still working like new. The Sky router didn't manage to cover my whole house and couldn't manage full speeds on my devices. You cant go wrong with them, they are just plug and play and also have a USB port if you want to attach a printer or Hard drive to make them accessible on the wifi network.


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      Re: airport express/extreme - will they improve wifi speeds?

      Quote Originally Posted by Racey43 View Post
      I may be unnecessarily concerned with the iPad speeds. They are probably quite high enough for my needs.
      What is the significance of ping speeds?
      How did you test the speed the iPad was getting? I think that the most strain you could put on it would be streaming video and your 28Mbps is more than enough to download without buffering.

      Whether the Sky Hub is up to Fibre Pro, is really a matter of opinion. It is capable of 144mbps, which even allowing for overheads, is more than enough, if it wasn't the 100mbps LAN would not be either. If it wasn't, I don't think Sky would be supplying them.

      In saying that, if you are a Mac household an AE would be a great addition.

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      Re: airport express/extreme - will they improve wifi speeds?

      30Mbit/s is reasonable for an iPad.

      Not sure about the latest generation but the older ones certainly are 1x1:1 A/B/G/N devices They also don't support 40Mhz wide channels which means they only connect at a maximum 65Mbit/s anyway. Most you'll ever get out of them is about 40Mbit/s and even then that's pretty difficult to achieve.

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      Re: airport express/extreme - will they improve wifi speeds?

      Quote Originally Posted by Isitme View Post
      How did you test the speed the iPad was getting? I think that the most strain you could put on it would be streaming video and your 28Mbps is more than enough to download without buffering.

      Whether the Sky Hub is up to Fibre Pro, is really a matter of opinion. It is capable of 144mbps, which even allowing for overheads, is more than enough, if it wasn't the 100mbps LAN would not be either. If it wasn't, I don't think Sky would be supplying them.

      In saying that, if you are a Mac household an AE would be a great addition.
      Yes it is an Apple household which is probably why I have this urge to get an new AE. I have the old version in a bedroom.
      I'm not sure if it will give any meaningful benefits, though, other than the satisfaction of getting a new toy

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      Re: airport express/extreme - will they improve wifi speeds?

      Quote Originally Posted by Racey43 View Post
      Yes it is an Apple household which is probably why I have this urge to get an new AE. I have the old version in a bedroom.
      I'm not sure if it will give any meaningful benefits, though, other than the satisfaction of getting a new toy
      But that's the most important benefit

      Also if you have an Amp/Stereo near by you'll be able to use it to airplay your music to.

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      Re: airport express/extreme - will they improve wifi speeds?

      Quote Originally Posted by dragon2611 View Post
      But that's the most important benefit

      Also if you have an Amp/Stereo near by you'll be able to use it to airplay your music to.
      I use an Apple TV3 for Airplay so, unfortunately, I don't need the AE for that

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      airport express/extreme - will they improve wifi speeds?

      Quote Originally Posted by Racey43 View Post
      I use an Apple TV3 for Airplay so, unfortunately, I don't need the AE for that
      Ahh yes I have an atv2 so same would apply

      Head over to smallnetbuilder.com they have wireless throughput charts for various routers


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      Re: airport express/extreme - will they improve wifi speeds?

      Quote Originally Posted by dragon2611 View Post
      Head over to smallnetbuilder.com they have wireless throughput charts for various routers
      Thanks. I'll take a look later.

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      Re: airport express/extreme - will they improve wifi speeds?

      I have just checked the speed my iPad is connecting to my Dir-635 and it is showing 65Mbps.

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      Re: airport express/extreme - will they improve wifi speeds?

      The max Wifi throughput speed on iPads depends on which model you have as well. The brand new 4th gen iPad & iPad Mini (the ones just launched the other week) now has a max WiFi throughput speed of 150Mbps (the same as the iPhone 5). I believe the iPad2 and the 3rd gen iPad have a max throughput of 65Mbps. Not sure about the original iPad though sorry?

      Macs are the same as well. The newer generation of Macs have faster WiFi throughput speeds. The fastest is the 2011 iMac which has the full 450Mpbs throughput speeds. Most the the newer MacBooks/Pro's/Air's have a max speed of 300Mbps now.

      You will get the maximum throughput speeds available on all Apple devices using an Airport or Time Capsule.
      Last edited by James_Mitchell; 25-11-12 at 05:07 PM.

     

     
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