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Control your AirPort Extreme’s Wi-Fi

If anything characterizes any Apple product, it’s its ease of use. Any device you buy from the apple brand will have a program that controls it, with an effective and simple interface . With the AirPort utility, you can control your Wi-Fi access point in a few simple steps.

If we want to take control of our wireless network, when we open the AirPort utility we will have to choose manual configuration. When we choose the ” Advanced ” tab, we’ll see that in the ” Statistics ” section there’s a button below that says ” Logs and Statistics “. This is where we can see all the devices that are connected to our wireless network.

Control your AirPort Extreme’s Wi-Fi
Control your AirPort Extreme’s Wi-Fi

If we choose the ” DHCP Clients ” tab, we will see the name ” Bonjour ” of each device and we will be able to identify the signal from the iPhone, the Apple TV or the Wii for example.

If we want to control the speed of our Wi-Fi network, we will have to have clear a series of points to know how to choose which is the most suitable configuration for us.

Normally we work in two ranges of emission frequency, either at 2.4 Ghz or at 5 Ghz , being the last one the newest and therefore less used.

Although both the Airport Extreme and the Time Capsule are capable of working on both frequencies, many devices use the 2.4 Ghz frequency. This implies that it is overloaded since many household devices emit at this frequency .

Household appliances such as microwaves, children’s radios or wireless cameras emit on this frequency, so it may be that is saturated . This is where common problems such as transmission cuts or low signal reception come from.

The frequencies of 5 Ghz (802.11a) are much less used, because there are few technologies that use it (Bluetooth, microwaves or WUSB are not capable of emitting at this frequency). By emitting at higher frequency , its range is less than networks emitting at 2.4 Ghz, but the possibility of interference is virtually non-existent.

As a general rule, the Airport is configured to a emission of 2.4 Ghz because it is the most common . If we want to force it to only emit on 5 Ghz frequencies we must go to the section ” Airport ” choose the tab ” Wireless ” and it will be in the drop down menu of ” Radio mode ” where we can configure to which frequency to emit.

On that same tab, at the bottom of the window, we find a button ” Wireless Network Options “. When you click on it, a window will open where you can choose the broadcast speed , use wide channels (only available for 5 Ghz networks) and create a closed network (private) so that only those who know the name of the network can connect to it.

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It is very likely, that with a 5 Ghz wireless network many devices will not be able to see it , (the iPhone Edge cannot, for example). So a 2.4 Ghz network, with support for 802.11 bg standards is the one that will give you the least headache.

It is true that emitting on that frequency we can have interference problems . In a neighborhood, with most of the neighbors broadcasting on channel 11 , it can cause us to suffer cuts in the broadcast because of the conflicts that would be created between them. So a good option can be found in trying to broadcast on a channel that is not very common (1, 6 and 11 are the most used).

Although, as my colleague Samuel said, the Airport Extreme and Time Capsule presented at the beginning of the year, have double antennas, so we will be able to broadcast in both frequencies avoiding that old devices are not able to see the network we have created.

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