Handoff between AirPort Extreme Base Stations

How Handoff Between AirPort Base Stations Works

In this post, I’ll explain how handoff works in a network with multiple Apple AirPort Extreme base stations.

With the influx of connected devices in modern households, good internet connectivity has become increasingly important. Many devices are pretty useless when they are not connected to the outside world. When that happens, productivity suffers. Just think about how frustrating it is trying to work while on an airplane with a bad internet service.

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  • Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (Amazon)

I work from home and heavily rely on the internet and phone service. Unfortunately, I have very weak LTE connectivity where I live, but since AT&T started offering Wi-Fi Calling, that has become a non-issue. As the name implies, Wi-Fi Calling relies on Wireless Lan and the internet connection it is hooked up to.

Distance may be good for the heart, but it weakens WiFi signal. Same goes for walls, doors, appliances, neighbors’ networks, metal, water (water heaters and fish tanks alike), dogs, anything solid. When you and your router are at opposite ends of your house, there are too many obstacles in between. Your WiFi signal simply can’t make it that far.

That’s why I invested in a business-class uplink from Comcast and 4 of Apple’s AirPort Extreme base stations that I spread out across the house. For the best possible performance, I connected all AirPort Base Stations using CAT6 Ethernet cables. As a result, I can enjoy a strong wireless signal anywhere in the house, while Comcast takes care of the rest.