Will I have less wifi drops if I switch from an Express to an Extreme?

I have an Airport Express that I have used for years to connect to my mac computers. Currently I have an iMac with Lion. In the last couple of months, my Express starting dropping wifi frequently during the day...sometimes every five minutes, sometimes longer. Most frustrating. I read about the problem in Apple support and moved it away from my computer and digital phone...changed some other signal features and it improved considerably. But....it continues to drop wifi quite regularly..often several times a day. I wonder if switching to an Airport Extreme would solve the problem...or not.

  • Asked by Sarah D W from Buffalo
  • Feb 28, 2012
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    Airport Extreme has both 2.4ghz and 5ghz radios which operate simultaneously so should give a more reliable wifi performance than the Airport Express provided your wifi devices can make use of both frequencies.
    Also the latest generation Airport Extreme is said to have better range than earlier models although this is not officially documented.
    If you have AppleCare on a Mac, you could ask for a repair on your Airport Express as it sounds like it is on it's way to failure with so many wifi drops.

    • Answered by Nigel M
    • Mar 11, 2012