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3810 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Feb 2, 2010 2:35 PM by CitizenSnips81
Currently Being ModeratedJan 11, 2010 1:42 AM (in response to CitizenSnips81)You may need to go to wireless options and give the 5 GHz a sperate name, otherwise they have the same one and your express should default to the 5 GHz.MacBook (unibody) 10.6 iPhone 3GS, iPhone OS 3.0
The Express will not "default" the the 5 GHz network name. Instead, once you have assigned a separate name for the 5 GHz network for the AirPort Extreme, you then have to "choose" that 5 GHz network name as the network to "extend" when you are setting up the Airport Express.MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.2), Time Capsule, AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express, iPhone
Currently Being ModeratedJan 11, 2010 9:01 AM (in response to Bob Timmons)I separated the networks when I got the base station because my MBP would always default to the 2.4Ghz band which drove me crazy. I renamed the default name (Apple Network 5GHz) to Fast Apple, reset the Airport Express so I could start from scratch and it still cant see the Fast Apple network. Ive tried doing it with the Utility walk through and the manual option. Thank you for helping me!2.66 Ghz MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 11, 2010 9:16 AM (in response to CitizenSnips81)If you want your computer to connect first to the 5 GHz network
Click System Preferences (gear icon) on the dock
Click Airport on the left and click Advanced at the lower right
Drag the name of the 5 GHz network (Fast Apple) to the top of the list
Your computer will now look for this network first and connect if it has a good signal.
I'm not sure why your Express cannot "see" this network. You do have an AirPort Express (n) correct? The model number is A 1264. You can see this in the small print on the side of the AX.
Post back to confirm that you have the "n" model of the AX. I'll reply with a step by step on the "extend" setup.MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.2), Time Capsule, AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express, iPhone
Currently Being ModeratedJan 11, 2010 9:45 AM (in response to CitizenSnips81)OK, no problem. Happy to help. I just did this with my AEBS and AX to confirm that it will work to extend the 5 GHz network.
Open AirPort Utility and select your AEBS
Click Manual Setup
Click the Wireless tab below the row of icons
There is a check box to "Allow this network to be extended" under the Wireless Network Name. Make sure you have this checked.
Click Wireless Options and make sure you have assigned a name to the 5 GHz network
Now select the AX
Click Manual Setup
Click the Wireless tab
Wireless Mode should be "Extend a wireless network". If you don't see this, hold down the option key on your computer when you click on the selection box
Wireless Network Name...look for the name of your 5 GHz network and make sure it is selected in the box
Check mark next to "Allow wireless clients"
Wireless Security...exact same setting as the AEBS
Wireless Password...exact same setting as the AEBS
Give that a try and keep the AX within 15-20 feet at first to see if it is extending. Then try a more remote location. I've found that unless I have close to "line-of-sight" at further distances between the AX and the AEBS, the AX will drop down to 2.4 GHz. That's because the 5 GHz signals are absorbed quickly and do not penetrate obstructions well.
Any luck?MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.2), Time Capsule, AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express, iPhone
Currently Being ModeratedJan 11, 2010 9:48 AM (in response to Bob Timmons)Correction. It appears that if the AX is too far away from the AEBS, that it simply will not connect at all. I only get the flashing amber light. When the AX is moved closer, the green light comes back and I'm at 5 GHz.
I think the AX will either connect at 5 GHz or not connect at all when you have it setup this way.MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.2), Time Capsule, AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express, iPhone
Currently Being ModeratedJan 11, 2010 8:11 PM (in response to Bob Timmons)Hmmm, frustrating. I put the two base stations next to each other and followed the instructions to the letter and still the AX wont see the 5GHz network. For giggles I connected my draft N AEBS and set it to 5GHz only, when I tried to extend the wireless signal with the AX, still nothing. Then I tried the Dual Band AEBS and the Draft N AEBS and again wouldnt work.
I read somewhere, though for the life of me I cant remember where, someone else had issues with their Airport they bought in Japan. Here it is called the AirMac (someone has the Airport rights I believe) and perhaps there is some law here preventing the extending of a 5GHz wireless signal, or it`s a bug that hopefully will be addressed in the next firmware update. Though I think next time I buy a Airport it`ll be the USA version.
Thank you for taking the time to help me. Hopefully your step-by-step guide will help others who run into the same problem.2.66 Ghz MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 2, 2010 2:35 PM (in response to CitizenSnips81)Figured it out! After separately naming your 5Ghz network make sure you change the channel. In the wireless tab look for the Radio CHannel Selection menu, select Manual and change your 5Ghz network from Automatic to one of the selected channels. Restart your basestation.
Next select your other airport (an express for me) choose extend or join and when you try to select your wireless network the 5Ghz one wont show up (never did for me). Just type in the name of your 5Ghz network and then upload the changes. presto, everything works.2.66 Ghz MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.2), MacBook Pro 15" & 13", AEBS Draft N, Dual Band, AX, AppleTV, iPhone