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Airport Extreme base Station: Better than Linksys or Not?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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holy crap, that's terrible. Is it plugged into any sort of battery backup by chance?


nope. no battery backups.

I am going to start from scratch, new router, modem, and replace all the cable from the wall to the pole. Then, if it still doesnt work, I can call the cable company back and tell them to get their asses out here, and THEY can figure it out.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It could be a power issue. Probably isn't, but it could be. Might not hurt to try a UPS.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I finally have solved the problem! I have about a 80 foot run between the side of the house where the cable comes off the pole, and the other side of the house where the cable comes in the wall to connect to the modem.

I started by yanking off the old coaxial cable on the side of the house, all 80 feet of it. I replaced it with a heavy duty quadruple shield coaxial cable. Turns out that was the problem. Our connection has never been so fast! We've been paying for the premium service for months, and when I checked the connection speed before, it was only coming in at 1-2 Mbs. Now, with the new cable, its showing at anywhere from 10-12 Mbs.

For good measure, I bought an Airport Extreme today. Hooked it up and everything is running great. My wifes MBP is getting a stronger signal on the other side of the house than with the Linksys. I'll probably run an ethernet cable to her office so we can be connected via Gigabit. I am going to set up a Linux box to be a media server/ back up, so it would be nice to have the whole house connected with gigabit.

Anyway, the moral of the story is, make sure the cabling connecting you to the pole is of good quality. And also, if you want an excuse to buy an Apple Airport Extreme, just make your wife's internet connection flaky for a couple of months, and she'll be thrilled that you spent $200 to fix it! Laughing
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