where is the best place to place the airport extreme to get the best signal? and is there a way to improve signal?

  • Asked by Christy C from Austin
  • Oct 12, 2010
QA AirPort Extreme Base Station

QA AirPort Extreme Base Station

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  • Best Answer:

    Place your AirPort Extreme in an open area where there are few obstructions, such as large pieces of furniture or walls. Try to place it away from metallic surfaces.

    If you place your AirPort Extreme behind furniture, keep at least an inch of space between the AirPort Extreme and the edge of the furniture.

    Avoid placing your AirPort Extreme in areas surrounded by metal surfaces on
    three or more sides.

    If you place your AirPort Extreme in an entertainment center with your stereo
    equipment, avoid completely surrounding the AirPort Extreme with audio, video, or power cables. Place your AirPort Extreme so that the cables are to one side. Maintain as much space as possible between the AirPort Extreme and the cables.

    Try to place your AirPort Extreme at least 25 feet (7.6 meters) from a microwave oven, 2.4 or 5 gigahertz (GHz) cordless phones, or other sources of interference.

    The farther away from an interference source, the less likely it is to cause a problem. The following items can cause interference with AirPort communication:

    Microwave ovens

    Direct Satellite Service (DSS) radio frequency leakage

    The original coaxial cable that came with certain types of satellite dishes. (Contact the device manufacturer and obtain newer cables.)

    Certain electrical devices such as power lines, electrical railroad tracks, and power stations

    Cordless telephones that operate in the 2.4 or 5 GHz range. If you have problems with your phone or AirPort communication, change the channel your base station or AirPort Extreme uses, or change the channel your phone uses.

    Nearby base stations using adjacent channels. For example, if base station A is set to channel 1, base station B should be set to channel 6 or 11.

    • Answered by Andrew H from Carmel
    • Oct 13, 2010