Griffin Airbase claims to extend WiFi range through height

Griffin's Airbase — essentially an attractive extension cord for Apple's Airport Express — claims that its increased signal strength comes from "raising the base station up into the room." This makes total sense: like fat people, gravity tends to pull radio signals down, and just as in an oxygen-deprived room, the most air swirls around the floor boards, so does WiFi work better in a low-signal environment when you are lying supine upon the dank basement earth. So the science is entirely sound, but why not just buy a $5 dollar extension cord, plug in your Airport Express and fling it over the chandelier? Airbase [Griffin via UberGizmo]
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12 Responses to Griffin Airbase claims to extend WiFi range through height

  1. claud9999 says:

    What? Griffin selling junk? Never!

  2. zuzu says:

    The Airbase is the only way that I know of to not have an Airport Express plugged directly into an outlet and not look half-assed.

    That said, I’m pretty sure “place your AP up high / on the ceiling” has been around since the early days of 802.11b. I think it has to do with there being less clutter / interference in the higher end of the room than in the lower end. There’s alot of stuff (e.g. furniture) down at the standard height outlets are located in most rooms.

    I generally agree that the Airbase is overpriced, like all Griffin products, but it does fill a niche rather well.

  3. Anonymous says:

    “like fat people”? is that supposed to be clever? that statement is just as offensive as saying “like black people….a moonless night is dark” totally unacceptable and i expect more from boingboing.

  4. crby35 says:

    It’s all those “big bones” that weigh us down. Instead of fat, lets be politically correct and call it what it is. Morbidly obese. Sounds much better than fat, doesn’t it? Didn’t think so.

  5. RikF says:

    No, he is entirely right – we thin people have to be tethered down to prevent us floating into space. It can be quite inconvenient at times. Gravity only works on larger people.

  6. Enochrewt says:

    Being fat in this case isn’t a bug, it’s a feature.

    I hear sobbing about “glandular issues” coming from the peanut gallery.

  7. Anonymous says:

    All those years of letting grammar slide is finally paying off. F’rinstance: what follows “This makes total sense:” actually makes no sense, or at least not the sense the author intended. 1) “…like fat people, gravity tends to pull radio signals down…” makes the claim that fat people pull radio signals down NOT that gravity pulls fat people down. What Shakespeare was trying to convey was that “radio signals, like fat people, are pulled down by gravity.” That’s just the grammar, I’m not going even dignify his suggestion that the effect of gravity changes enough in 18″ or even 6 feet hanging from the chandelier to affect radio waves. For extra credit you can find out if, in fact, gravity does effect radio waves.

    2) “…just as in an oxygen-deprived room, the most air swirls around the floor boards…” J.F.Q.Keeryzt! Where does this marsupial get his science? L.Ron Hubbard?

    Lou Zerr

  8. Halloween Jack says:

    Don’t go being down on the Adipo-Americans, yo. I could be out riding my bicycle instead of perusing your silly little hyperdiary. I’m just sayin’.

  9. Sijay says:

    Range claims aside, using an Airbase keeps your AP Express connected AND easily accessible, if you tend to grab your needed tech goodies while running out the door.

    Of course, the implied primary purpose of the Express — being able to quickly set up a wifi spot anywhere that you can find an ethernet jack — has never been that useful for me when traveling, because you’re far more likely to find accessible wifi than ethernet.

  10. Zarniwoop says:

    Wait, what?!

    “This makes total sense: like fat people, gravity tends to pull radio signals down,”

    Yes, thanks Professor Science. Just as since magnets are attracted to ferrous materials, you shouldn’t keep one in your house, otherwise it might fly about your house, attracted to the nearest piece of iron! WHICH COULD BE YOUR HARD-DRIVE. Yes.

    I think what Griffin were getting at was that putting your airport on your desk means the signal has fewer hard objects to pass through, such as tables and desks, which should improve reception.

  11. GeekMan says:

    The Express in my kitchen is currently plugged into an outlet near the ceiling, likely once reserved for an electric clock.

    I must admit, it works better there than any other location it’s lived. Perhaps a signal travels further in a household when it’s higher up because it doesn’t need to go through as much furniture?

  12. John Brownlee says:

    How dare you say gravity works on fat people? I’M OFFENDED!

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