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Sixth generation of Apple’s wireless base station, released June 2013. The tower provides dual-band support wireless access and is Apple’s first router with 802.11ac technology.

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Adding SMA connector to Apple AirPort Extreme

I'd like to add an sma connector to my AirPort Extreme.

There are 3 existing antennae inside and what I'm wondering is would it be possible to connect all 3 wires to the one sma end or just 1 and disconnect the others or should I leave them connected? What's the best way to go about this?

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Could it be fastened directly to the plate antennae leaving the cables as they are?

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I would not recommend connecting them all to the same connector. Multiple antenna's are often used to help receive a cleaner signal and account for multiple signal bounce paths. If you have 3 internal, you might want to either add 3 external. You could try just running one of them to an external and see if that works but if you are trying to improve reception, you should move all 3. Just remember that if your walls have a lot of metal duct work or some building materials, the wifi may not penetrate well even with an external antenna. Have you thought of adding a 2nd wireless access point in another room? You can use Ethernet over home power adapters if you have no way to run cable. Give the new access point the same ssid and set to a different wifi channel.

(I edited this because autocorrect converted ssid to said & I wanted to correct it.)

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The teardown shows six (6) antennae.

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you can not connect 3 wires to the one sma end for rather simple reason, each connection has it's own amplifier. Connecting them together will terminate or substantially worsen functionality.

On the other hand, by using signal splitters, you can connect external antenna. But for improvement you gonna need something like this

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