1. Bekrah's Avatar
    I own a 2 year old Airport Exreme and I also have gigabyte service with Atlantic Broadband, as well as 17 wireless devices within my home.
    I’m also using a CAT7 cable from my modern to the APE. I still can’t seem to ever break over 300 Mbps on the 5Ghz pipeline. My ping is also very high.
    Does anyone ever experience significantly slower speeds than what then are paying for?
    Last edited by Bekrah; 09-23-2018 at 08:43 AM.
    09-23-2018 08:18 AM
  2. phreddyl's Avatar
    It depends on what they are promising. Is it that they are promising it over 5g? Cause the range of 5G isn’t as good as 2.4 so if your device is on the 2.4 it would be lower. I have close to 300 on 5G but farther away it’s closer to like 70
    09-23-2018 08:28 AM
  3. Bekrah's Avatar
    It depends on what they are promising. Is it that they are promising it over 5g? Cause the range of 5G isn’t as good as 2.4 so if your device is on the 2.4 it would be lower. I have close to 300 on 5G but farther away it’s closer to like 70
    Well Apple advertises the APE at 1300 Mbps tops, while my ISP has me set up for 1070 Mbps. My average of 260 Mbps seems EXTREMELY low.
    From my understanding, around 600 Mbps is top speed for wireless connections but I’m not getting anywhere near that...

    So far, I’m very disappointed.
    09-23-2018 08:31 AM
  4. Bekrah's Avatar
    I just ran the speed test again and strangely I broke over 300 Mbps but that’s still nowhere near close to 600 Mbps.
    This is so strange to me. The speed is never consistent...
    09-23-2018 08:36 AM
  5. phreddyl's Avatar
    You also have 17 wireless devices. I understand what you are saying but the more devices you use they all share that speed. Have you tried right near the router? Turn WiFi off then back on so it connects to 5G. Then run test again
    09-23-2018 09:00 AM
  6. SupNorm's Avatar
    There are a few factors at work, bottom line is, you're not going to get near gigabit speeds on the AirPort Extreme. 300 Mbps is about what it's been topping at in tests, ranking a bit low among routers in the same class (AC1750).
    https://www.smallnetbuilder.com/old-...z-dn-c?see=MAX

    It's not, however, like most of the competition from the time it was released is outranking it by all that much. You'd need a more recent router to see real WiFi bandwidth upgrades and reach 600 Mbps.

    This is all theoretical talk. I am not sure I would notice a real world usage scenario difference between 100 Mbps and 600 Mbps, let alone between 300 and 600. Netflix requires about 5Mbps for HD movies, and 25Mbps for 4K streams. 300 is really fleeting fast.

    The AE is very good at handling multiple connections, that's one good reason to keep it.

    The only thing I would upgrade from an AE for would be to get faster network drive speeds, if you're using any (for backups, large file storage, etc.). Other than that, it's just not worth it.
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    09-25-2018 04:23 AM

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