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Force connection at 5GHZ to Airport Extreme
Authored by: marook on Jul 15, '10 03:11:23PM

First:
In wifi, it's Always the Clients responsibility to connect. Some highend systems can ask the client to change basestation, but the AirPort bases are Not in that league! Symbol's systems and highend Cisco comes to my mind.

Second:
Strange if the 5GHz signal from the same base is lower than the 2.4GHz, as 5GHz should have longer reach!

Third:
The needed 'fix' from Apple is a setting missing: Prefer 5GHz connection if SSID support both.

But it's easy to 'fix' if you rename one of the SSID's, and then simply prioritize them in the Network systemprefpane!
No need to 'manually change' the network yourself.. ;-)

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/Marook
Edited on Jul 15, '10 03:13:27PM by marook



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Force connection at 5GHZ to Airport Extreme
Authored by: marathonman on Jul 15, '10 04:34:33PM
Strange if the 5GHz signal from the same base is lower than the 2.4GHz, as 5GHz should have longer reach!

5GHz will offer better range in an open space and faster transfer speeds. Also, if there are many clients connecting to one network, 5GHz networks have been shown to be more reliable.

On the other hand, 5GHz is affected more by obstacles. This is probably the reason why the 2.4GHz network has a better signal and gets priority.

Unless you're trying to optimize transfer speed on a LAN, or are setting up a network for a large amount of people, 802.11n 2.4GHz is often the best choice. Especially for a small household that mainly just uses wifi for internet use.

But then again, your mileage may vary. Try option-clicking your wifi menu from different spots in your network with both 2.4 and 5GHz, and look at the transmit rate. If you're close to your router, 5GHz might be worth it.



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Force connection at 5GHZ to Airport Extreme
Authored by: Mark2000 on Jul 15, '10 10:53:04PM

Not making 2 SSIDs is the point. When the guy goes to another room the 5ghz doesn't reach and with the same SSID for both networks he doesn't have to manually change the network. But the Mini is stationary and only needs to connect once.



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