Apple AirPort base stations speed question


(Jack F) #1

Are the Extreme and Express routers limited in speed handling? Our fiber service is going to be 300 Mbps minimum in the future. Do I need to change out all our AirPorts?


(Curtis Wilcox) #2

Looking at the various AirPort specs, the wired ports on all AirPort Express models are limited to 100Mbps and the last Express model’s WiFi supported 802.11n, a standard with a theoretical limit of 600Mbps. The last AirPort Extreme supported 802.11ac (Wave 1) with a theoretical limit of 1.3Gbps.

But theoretical limits are basically never reached in practice. Ideal settings involve monopolizing channels with no other access points competing for the frequency space.

It seems odd for an ISP to talk about bandwidth minimums but connecting through the AirPort Express is likely to be noticeably slower than connecting through a wired gigabit network or 802.11ac WiFi.


(Al Varnell) #3

Additionally, I suspect you are using the Express to extend your network and / or stream music which will additionally slow your WiFi networking.


(Jack F) #4

Yes, I have quite a two-story house with several Airports all wirelessly networked. Running ethernet cables is not feasible owing to the room locations, stairway, etc. Will check for the numbers 1st opportunity. Thanks for the info.


(Jack F) #5

The three express units are 802.11n and the Extreme 802.11ac. The fiber modem to Extreme is standard Ethernet, I think.

Yes, I have quite a two-story house with several Airports all wirelessly networked. Running ethernet cables is not feasible owing to the room locations, stairway, etc. Will check for the numbers 1st opportunity. Thanks for the info.


(Simon) #6

My Extreme 802.11ac connected to my MBP through Gigabit allows me to see the full 1 Gbps uplink on my MBP. If OTOH I connect the 802.11ac MBP through wifi instead of Gigabit and set it up in the immediate vicinity of the Extreme I end up seeing at best about 650 Mbps of my uplink. So that would be half of the theoretical 802.11ac maximum of 1.3 Gbps. So in my case 802.11ac is the limiting factor. It would however be sufficient for your 300 Mbps uplink.


(crun) #7

300mbps? colour me envious. up here in the hills, best we can get is 30mbps from the unlovable cableguy. and we rarely even get that.