: Airport express N vs AC range


wonderings
Jan 22nd, 2018, 12:39 PM
Just curious if anyone nows the main benefits outside of the new using AC. Is the range significantly improved on the Airport Express AC over previous models?

macintosh doctor
Jan 28th, 2018, 02:57 PM
Just curious if anyone nows the main benefits outside of the new using AC. Is the range significantly improved on the Airport Express AC over previous models?

technically the 5Ghz is a stronger signal over a less congested frequency - but over a short range, 2.4 ghz is slower but offers greater range..

the fact you get n over b/g is a significant upgrade and yes you will get further and greater coverage..

but just to be clear - the Airport Express do not support AC only the Extremes full size.
plus with extreme get beam forming as well. but these are all useless options if your computer NICs don't support the newer features. Unless you are looking for N and better signal then still worth it.

not sure if that a helped..

original express
WPA, WPA2, and WEP (configurable for 40-bit or 128-bit)
10 users
2.4 GHz or 5 GHz

express second gen
Security WPA, WPA2, and WEP (configurable for 40-bit or 128-bit)
Capacity 50 users
2.4 GHz and 5 GHz simultaneously
Up to 300 Mbps

polywog
Jan 29th, 2018, 08:36 AM
Speed is going to be the major difference, ac has substantially more bandwidth. Beamforming gives it better range than n(2.4Ghz).

Even though it doesn't have the same range as n at 2.4Ghz, you'll typically get better speeds at the same distance from the access point with ac.

ac is 5Ghz only, where n can operate at 2.4Ghz, which tends to be more "noisy."