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Old May 15th, 2010, 03:03 PM   #1
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Question Can airport express really be used as an antenna for a mac mini with weak wifi signal

using airport express as an Antenna to boost wireless.
hi there everyone!,
I was sold an airport express yesterday at future shop to boost the wireless connectivity for my mac mini. The router is at a front desk a fair distance from the mac mini so the signal is too weak to stream video from the internet - which is what this mini's only function is. The salesclerk said that by connecting an airport express to my mac mini via an ethernet cable, I could use the airport express as an antenna to boost the connectivity in the mac mini. He said there were instructions in the airport utility, but I can find nothing that matches this claim. I tried various setups and nothing worked - in fact I lost connectivity all together and the airport express reported problems with the Config.

Logic tells me of course that the airport express is designed to be etherported to adsl and then it sends the signal to the mac mini, but this clerk insisted I could use the airport express as a kind of 'Rabbit ear antenna" for the mac by using an ethernet cable back to the mac from where the airport express is plugged in and using the express as the booster for the signal.
can anyone help? have you heard of this application for airport express ? or do I need to get my money back?
thanks!!!!!
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Old May 15th, 2010, 03:33 PM   #2
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yes it should work. you have to set it up as a WDS bridge :

AirPort Express frequently asked questions (FAQ)

you might not even have to connect it to the mini with an ethernet cable (but that will give you a better connection)

but is your main router also an apple airport? you have to change it's settings to allow the network to be extended.
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Yes it Can be Done

I am using an Airport Express as an Extension to my Airport Extreme.

As the previous poster said you need to set it up as a WDS (Wireless Distribution System).

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thanks!

the router at the community center is a non apple router, so I hope that it will still be able to be configured with the mac/airport express.
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hmmm... i'm not sure how well a non-apple router will work when you try to create a WDS network.

you'll have to play around with them.
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