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Old Oct 31st, 2011, 10:16 AM   #1
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Connecting Two Airport Extremes

Has anyone successfully done this? The idea is to have one in the basement (main) and then have an Express on the second floor (connected wirelessly) and a second Extreme on the top floor (connected wirelessly as well).

If there's one aspect of computers I've never been good at understanding it's 'optimizing a wireless network'. This thread was the best I could find and it makes no sense to me:

https://discussions.apple.com/thread...art=0&tstart=0
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Old Oct 31st, 2011, 11:19 AM   #2
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Yes, and it's easy. Setup one base station as a new network, and then setup the next one as joining the first one (all via AirPort Utility - follow the instructions - it holds your hand going through the process).
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Has anyone successfully done this? The idea is to have one in the basement (main) and then have an Express on the second floor (connected wirelessly) and a second Extreme on the top floor (connected wirelessly as well).

If there's one aspect of computers I've never been good at understanding it's 'optimizing a wireless network'. This thread was the best I could find and it makes no sense to me:

https://discussions.apple.com/thread...art=0&tstart=0
I have this exact same setup with a new Airport Extreme, the version before that Airport Extreme and three Airport Express's. I set the new Airport Extreme to be the "master" hub by plugging it into the ISP's modem and making all settings according (follow the easy instructions as Lars said). For the older Airport Extreme and the Express's I just chose the "Extend a Wireless Network" in the wireless mode setting, entering the network name and passwords I set on the "master". The rest fall just into place ...
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I have this exact same setup with a new Airport Extreme, the version before that Airport Extreme and three Airport Express's. I set the new Airport Extreme to be the "master" hub by plugging it into the ISP's modem and making all settings according (follow the easy instructions as Lars said). For the older Airport Extreme and the Express's I just chose the "Extend a Wireless Network" in the wireless mode setting, entering the network name and passwords I set on the "master". The rest fall just into place ...
Great to know. Thanks guys.
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Oh yeah, but here's the question I forgot to ask. Is it possible to run an ethernet cable from the second Extreme (that is getting it's signal wirelessly) to a computer?

Let me give you the chain:

Cable modem > Extreme > wirelessly connected to Express > wirelessly connected to Extreme #2 > ethernet connection from Extreme #2 to iMac.

I get great signals on all other devices BUT the upstairs iMac. This is why I'm hoping an ethernet cable will do something.
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Oh yeah, but here's the question I forgot to ask. Is it possible to run an ethernet cable from the second Extreme (that is getting it's signal wirelessly) to a computer?

Let me give you the chain:

Cable modem > Extreme > wirelessly connected to Express > wirelessly connected to Extreme #2 > ethernet connection from Extreme #2 to iMac.

I get great signals on all other devices BUT the upstairs iMac. This is why I'm hoping an ethernet cable will do something.


Yep, doing that right now on the second extreme with my MacPro that doesn't have an Airport Card. I also have my Apple TV plugged in too because for some reason it only wants to connect to the Extreme upstairs and it's Airport isn't powerful enough to do that and keeps dropping the signal from the media server
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Oh yeah, but here's the question I forgot to ask. Is it possible to run an ethernet cable from the second Extreme (that is getting it's signal wirelessly) to a computer?

Let me give you the chain:

Cable modem > Extreme > wirelessly connected to Express > wirelessly connected to Extreme #2 > ethernet connection from Extreme #2 to iMac.

I get great signals on all other devices BUT the upstairs iMac. This is why I'm hoping an ethernet cable will do something.
Absolutely.

If your AirPorts are the new N variant, you can just set them up as clients (Join a Wireless Network) and enable Ethernet clients to connect your iMac or other wired equipment (this is called ProxySTA mode). Older models will require WDS for wireless bridging but it's still pretty easy - you'd have to fill in the AirPort ID's in the WDS table on the Main AP.

I have an Extreme acting as a WDS Main, with 3 1st-gen Express modules running as WDS remotes with IP phones connected to the Ethernet port. I also have a fourth Express (2nd-gen that works on N) that acts as a wireless client/bridge in ProxySTA mode which is even easier than WDS for my Bell TV receiver.

This is what makes Apple's AirPort AP's so good, it just works.
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