Airport Extreme

How can I monitor bandwidth on my network?

Apple Airport Extreme

Episode 1322

David from Australia

David has Airport Extreme routers at home, and he wants to know how much data is being used on his network. Leo says this is one of the drawbacks of the Airport Extreme routers: they lack some of the more modern features that other routers have. One way he could do this is by replacing the Airport Extremes with a more modern router that can monitor bandwidth. Leo uses the Asus AC3200 which has a built-in bandwidth monitor and can even tell him which computer is using the most.

How can I extend my Wi-Fi range?

Apple Airport Extreme

Episode 1150

Jonathan from San Jacinto, CA

Jonathan has Verizon FIOS with 75 Mbps up and down. Leo says that's nice! He has great signal on one side of the house, but it's terrible on the other side. How can he extend the Wi-Fi? Leo says he has to use Verizon's FIOS modem and router, but he doesn't have to use it for Wi-Fi. He can get a better Wi-Fi access point like an Apple Airport Extreme. Then put that in bridge mode so it'll pass the signal along to the rest of the house. If he needs more, then he can add a few $99 Airport Express's to act as a repeater. Leo has three of them.

How can I get better Wi-Fi reception?

Wi-Fi

Episode 1146

Brett from Woodbridge, NJ

Brett would like to hardwire his mother's PC so she doesn't have issues with Wi-Fi dropping out. Leo says that it sounds like an issue of distance. Leo had the same problem, so he extended the Wi-Fi with a repeater. He uses an Airport Extreme with Airport Express that automatically extends the range. He'll want to buy the repeater from the same company as the router. He can also try something called Powerline networking.

How close can my router and modem be?

Airport Extreme

Episode 1126

Jeff from Woodland Hills, CA

Jeff just signed up for "TrueStream" broadband service. Leo says that it's a new system that likely uses fiber and is supposed to get up to 75 Mbps down. Jeff is concerned because the modem is installed right next to his Apple Airport Extreme. Leo says as long as he has some separation, and they're not touching, he'll be ok. He should also disable the Wi-Fi from the modem, and just use the Airport Extreme for DHCP and Wi-Fi.

How many Airports can I use on my Wi-Fi network?

Wi-Fi

Episode 1112

Chris from Miami, FL

Chris has a Wi-Fi issue in his house, and he's been told that he can only have three Airports in his home because it would cause problems. Leo says there shouldn't be a limit with WDS if the other Airports are just passing along the data and extending the network. If they're all on the same channel, then the limit will probably be in force since collisions could occur. The trick is to get the channels that are overlapping as far apart as possible, around 100 feet away. This is to reduce Wi-Fi congestion. It can work, but it could be a bit less reliable.

Can I use an Apple Time Capsule as a Wi-Fi Extender?

Episode 1014

Russell from Palmdale, CA

Russell wants to know if he can use Time Capsule as a Wi-Fi extender. Leo says that Time Capsule is just an Airport Extreme with a hard drive built in. So it should be a simple matter of accessing the Wi-Fi part of the device. Leo says that when setting up the Time Capsule, set it up as a router to extend the existing Wi-Fi network. This will make the Time Capsule a bridge to extend the existing Wi-Fi signal, also called WDS (wireless distribution system).

How can I stream iTunes to my home theater system?

Episode 928

Rick from Pasadena, CA

Rick has connected his computer to his home theater so he can enjoy iTunes. Scott says the best way would be to stream iTunes over the network. He can then access the files remotely. Depending on the AV receiver, it may be able to handle this. A streaming device like the AppleTV or the Roku Box may be the way to go if he doesn't have a network capable AV receiver.