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reply to kitsune
Re: iOS 5: Airplay to multiple speakers?
said by kitsune:We used to do that with the older version Express that didn't support extend. It didn't make much of a difference, which was surprising.
Have you tried it with the AExp set to just join instead of extend? If you don't actually need the extra coverage, extending the network just reduces your total bandwidth because part of it is needed to maintain the dynamic WDS you are using. Which usually causes stuttering in the audio stream. Not to mention it also puts more load on the AExp's CPU.
The 'extend this network' feature is a proprietary Apple feature that is not the same as WDS. WDS does not support 802.11n, multiple frequencies simultaneously, or WPA like extend this network does. It is supposed to have a much lower overhead than WDS, apparently down to about 10% versus 50%.
We need the full network coverage in the kitchen, so we have it setup as a full AP.
The older Express is actually attached via wire to an Airport Extreme, both in the living room, with the Extreme extending the larger network. The express then doesn't allow wireless clients.
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