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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 fibre working at 38 mbps on a wired connection but get only about 22 from wifi to my ...

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      airport express/extreme - will they improve wifi speeds?

      I have fibre working at 38 mbps on a wired connection but get only about 22 from wifi to my iPad, used in the same room as the hub.
      Would using an Airport improve wifi speeds?
      if so which would be the best option?
      Any advice much appreciated.


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

      As the Airport Express has simultaneous dual band you will see an improvement in the iPad speed. You can connect it using the instructions in the 'Asking for help' section.

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

      Quote Originally Posted by Isitme View Post
      As the Airport Express has simultaneous dual band you will see an improvement in the iPad speed. You can connect it using the instructions in the 'Asking for help' section.
      I'm tempted to get one today as the Black Friday price is 68. The speed has improved to about 27 mbps now though.
      As usual I'm pretty indecisive.

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

      Quote Originally Posted by Isitme View Post
      You can connect it using the instructions in the 'Asking for help' section.
      Where's the Asking for help' section?

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


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

      racey...airport extreme would give your WiFi a speed boost but that is not the end of it. You should take into account what devices are connected at what WiFi band and how you would configure the WiFi network itself. I own 4th Gen Airport Extreme which acts as the AccessPoint for Be Unlimited broadband link (soon to be SkyFiber, got FiberPro on one of my links today, ordering SkyFiber for my 2nd link on Monday hopefully). APE has been solid enough but then again the actual Interlink is only 2Mbps so any decent WiFi AP would be okay. Once you get into SkyFiber you have to be a bit more careful. If you have standard SkyFiber then the current SR101 Sky router box will give you around 51-55Mbps on average real world bandwidth. I tested the Sky router box myself today and could see the results. If you go for the FiberPro then you need to be able to get 80Mbps range to actually get access to all your FiberPro bandwidth - Sky router will not cut it. You OP mentions that you are going for 40Mbps Fiber. I'd get a APE from Apple and you should be fine. Also be very careful about jumping onto the n-only WiFi network. In my testing I found that creating a single WiFi network for all the bands worked best. N-WiFi networks at low signal levels can be much slower than G-network. Having the B/G/N all enabled for a single network does allow the devices to get good speeds at all signal levels. (Being the techie I initially created a separate n-WiFi network on the APE and was using that for a week with an iPAD 2 and MBP - all in the same room but was getting some patchy performance sometimes, switching to a single all band network improved everything all around).

      You should google some reviews on the APE and see what configurations work best.

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

      I have an AEBS in my network setup, it acts as my wireless access point while my TP-Link handles DCHP & NAT.

      The airport is a perfect match for my i devices, i would recommend it. It can also be setup to replace the Sky Hub/Sagem
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      Re: airport express/extreme - will they improve wifi speeds?

      In response to the above. I have Sky fibre and 2 iPads and an iPhone connecting by wifi in the same room as the Sky hub.
      I'm getting up to 28 mbps by wifi as opposed to 38 by wired on a Mac.
      I'm hoping the an Airport Express will speed up the wifi connection.

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

      my 4s gets around 30Mbps and my iPad 3 gets around 34Mbps. for me this is plenty on these devices. my macbook runs just as fast on wireless as it does wired albeit with a very slightly higher ping
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      Re: airport express/extreme - will they improve wifi speeds?

      Quote Originally Posted by andrewjr View Post
      my 4s gets around 30Mbps and my iPad 3 gets around 34Mbps. for me this is plenty on these devices. my macbook runs just as fast on wireless as it does wired albeit with a very slightly higher ping
      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?
      Last edited by Racey43; 24-11-12 at 12:42 PM.

     

     
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