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I recently had the opportunity (need) to mount a new AirPort Extreme Base Station and a couple Apple TV's. The best products on the planet for this come from H-Squared. I'm a long time fan ever since the new AirPort Extreme (the square one) came out. After visiting their booth at Macworld, I saw that they also had mounts for Apple TV 2 (the tvTray). I ordered a couple and have been just as happy with these as I have been with my AirPort and Mac mini mounts. If you've got the need to mount your Apple gear on the wall/ceiling chances are H-Squared has a solution.

As a side note I'm a believer that the higher you can mount your AirPort Base Station, the better the range will be. I proved it by mounting a NEW AirPort Extreme on the 2nd floor (phone closet) of my 4,800 sq ft. studio and it covers the entire space from end to end! I'm blown away by the range I get.

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  • “As a side note I’m a believer that the higher you can mount your AirPort Base Station, the better the range will be. I proved it by mounting a NEW AirPort Extreme on the 2nd floor (phone closet) of my 4,800 sq ft. studio and it covers the entire space from end to end! I’m blown away by the range I get.”

    Where’s the antenna? I know where it is on the Mac minis it’s on the bottom, so it’s hardly surprising that such a device would radiate best downward. In the 2.4 GHz range, radio waves behave a lot like light. It may be the same with your Airport Extreme.

    I’m a radio ham and grew up stringing antennas and seeing how well they worked. It’s my firm conviction that, based on what they make, there’s no one in a position of authority at Apple who has any practical experience with antennas.

    They mount antennas inside metal cases (MBPs). They mount them at the bottom of metal cases (Mac minis). They give them tiny windows to radiated out in one direction only (most iDevices). With the iPhone 4 they even had an exposed, uninsulated antenna, which is a bit like leaving your house wiring uninsulated. The moment I saw Steve Jobs waving an iPhone 4 about, I thought to myself, “If they didn’t insulate that antenna, they’re in big trouble.” They were.

    And to make matters worse, they have a fancy, multi-million dollar antenna lab they could be using for testing. Some times a little thing makes a big different. An inconspicuous 19″ wire connected to the ground side of a 2-meter ham VHF radio roughly doubles its coverage. Tiny, well-thought out tweaks could be giving iPhones best-in-class coverage and the fewest dropouts. No such luck.

    If you want to do VHF-to-microwave antennas right, look at how antennas are installed on cop cars by the pros. They’re in the clear, on the roof, near the center, and as far apart as they can be from each other.

    If Apple’s engineers installed antennas for cops, they put them:

    1. Underneath the car, so as not to distract from its appearance.

    2. In the engine compartment to save space.

    3. Inside the car under the driver’s seat for stylistic reasons.

    Sad, sad, sad.

    Mike Perry, KE7NV