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How To Make Use Of Multiple AirPorts To Extend Your Network?

Are you not satisfied with the range of internet network in your home? Well, you can certainly extend your network by performing certain steps, which you will find in the sections below.

Section 1: Checking for proper signal strength

You will come across a wide number of free Wi-Fi analyzers for iPhones, iPads and Android devices. You can download those Wi-Fi analyzers on the App Store or Google Play.

Once you install and launch the Wi-Fi analyzers, you need to move around your premises and test the signal strength. You need to test all the rooms regardless of how the construction is. If you are using Apple iPad, then you need a signal strength of -60 dBm or more in order to completely remove the risk of disconnection errors.

Section 2: Extending

If one AirPort is not providing decent coverage to all areas of the venue, then you will have to extend the network with a single or more AirPort devices. You can use AirPort Express as well if you want. After that, you need to determine the best spots where the extending AirPort is going to offer the best coverage and once you find that, you will have to buy an Ethernet cable, sufficient to run between the original AirPort and extending AirPort.

  1. Plug an Ethernet cable into the available LAN port on the original AirPort Router. The other end of the Ethernet cable into the WAN port on the AirPort that you would like to use to extend the network.
  2. Now, you need to take your Mac Mini and launch AirPort Utility on it.
  3. As you open AirPort Utility, click ‘Other Wi-Fi Devices’.
  4. Click the option named ‘Found Device’.
  5. Now, you need to type in a new name for the extended AirPort, like ‘Service Extender 01’. Click ‘Next’.
  6. Click ‘Don’t Send’ and click ‘Next’.
  7. Click ‘Done’.
  8. You are going to see this message when you click ‘Done’, i.e., This AirPort Extreme is now extending ‘Yournetwork test’ using Ethernet.

In case, you want to add more AirPorts, then you will have to repeat all the aforementioned steps. You need to connect the LAN from the previous AirPort to WAN on the new AirPort. If you connect AirPorts in this way, then those will be connected in a series. If any AirPort goes down in the chain, then AirPorts that follow the failed AirPort will become unavailable.

Section 3: iPads per AirPort Extreme

If you are running a gigantic venue, then it is suggested to have a single AirPort for 25-35 iPads. Like, if you have 40 iPads, then it is suggested that you should extend your network with another AirPort regardless of how strong the coverage is in all areas.

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