Does mounting the AirPort Extreme vertically change the WiFi coverage area?

  • Asked by John E from Sarasota
  • Mar 6, 2010
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3 Answers from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    It will make some difference. How much depends on a myriad of variables that are difficult to predict. As with any RF device, signal propagation and power is highly tied into the antenna design, and since nothing is 100% omnidirectional, changing the orientation will modify the coverage area, mostly likely resulting in an increased vertical bias, assuming Apple designed the Airport Extreme with a horizontal bias. (Which is most likely the design specification).

    All that being said, real-life performance will answer this question for you. If you notice a loss of signal strength, or a loss of coverage area, try bringing the unit back to horizontal, and testing it.

    Cheers,

    Dave

    • Answered by Dave N from Ottawa
    • Mar 23, 2010
  • I use my smartphone with an WiFi scanning App to experiment with my Airport Extreme position whilst reading off the actual received signal strength in dBm; some WiFi apps allow you to do a walk-test around your hotzone and make subtle changes. RF and antennas are 'magic' but can be tamed with the correct tools!

    • Answered by David S from Leeds
    • Jan 25, 2011
  • no it does not change the wifi connection

    • Answered by Matthew M from Chandler
    • Mar 10, 2010