Improve range on antenna-equipped Base Stations

Jul 17, '08 07:30:02AM

Contributed by: danieleprocida

If you have an external antenna on your AirPort Base Station, you may be able to extend the range somewhat, depending on how you originally connected the antenna. Here's how to make sure you're getting the maximum range possible:

  1. Power down the Base Station.
  2. Unlug your external antenna.
  3. Power up the Base Station.
  4. Plug in the external antenna.
The improved signal can easily be measured in AP Grapher or MacStumbler. It's not a huge difference, but it made a marginal connection reliable again. Be aware that if you ever reboot the Base Station, you'll need to be sure that the external antenna is unplugged while it reboots, otherwise the signal will drop back down to the "normal" level. This works on my white AirPort Extreme Base Station.

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