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Airport to extend Linksys WCG200

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I have a Linksys WCG200 wireless cable modem. I want to use my Airport express to extend my wireless network in my house. Can somebody help me accomplish this?
  • Henry B. Level 9 Level 9 (78,690 points)
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    Oct 17, 2005 1:03 PM (in response to Go Hard)
    There are no indications from other users that you can wirelessly "extend" the wireless network of a Linksys WCG200 with an Airport Express.

    What you can do is configure the Airport Express to "join" its network - which allows for wireless printing and iTunes streaming. See David Lovell's instructions posted at:
    David Lovell, "Airtunes for XP with a Wired/Wireless network" #1, 09:05pm Jan 8, 2005 CDT
  • Henry B. Level 9 Level 9 (78,690 points)
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    Oct 18, 2005 11:19 AM (in response to Go Hard)
    Help with what exactly?

    Are you still considering trying to use an Airport Express to "extend" the wireless network of your Linksys WCG200? If so, I suggest you give up on that idea, as it is almost certainly not possible. There are only three or four non-Apple wireless routers that support this ability, and among Linksys models it is only possible with the WRT54G and WRT54GS.

    Or did you have difficulty following David Lovell's instructions?
  • Henry B. Level 9 Level 9 (78,690 points)
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    Oct 18, 2005 11:51 AM (in response to Go Hard)
    No, you cannot. When an Airport Express is configured to "join" rather than "extend" an existing wireless network, the ethernet port is inactive. Apple does not support use of the Airport Express to "extend" any wireless networks other than those created by another Airport Express or an Airport Extreme Base Station. The Airport Express was never designed to provide this ability when used with non-Apple wireless routers - it only just happens to work if you have a router model based on the same chip set used for the Airport Express. That is a requirement your WCG200 doesn't meet.

    If that is a function you really require I suggest you buy a device designed for this purpose - like the Linksys WET54G or WET11.
  • Henry B. Level 9 Level 9 (78,690 points)
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    Oct 18, 2005 12:19 PM (in response to Go Hard)
    Unfortunately, nothing in your list of existing equipment is going to help you. I would not be so certain that a WCG200 is simply a "WRT54G with a cable modem" - of all the wireless equipment sold by Linksys, only the WRT54G/GS is known to include the required chip set. All other Linksys products that incorporate wireless routers are likely manufactured using other chip sets.
  • Wayne Crannell1 Calculating status...
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    Oct 18, 2005 9:17 PM (in response to Henry B.)
    Henry, your posts here are unbelievably helpful, and I thank you for them, even though it seems from what you wrote here, I am not going to get where I want.

    So I understand you to say that once the Express or Extreme is set up in WDS to extend a network, the ethernet port is disabled? This is true in both relay and remote? Would this be true if I was going from the AE to an AX and then running the AX into the router? I can get ahold of an AX

    I have a Linksys WRT56GS as my primary base station. In another room my son has an eMac hardwired to the Linksys. My daughter has an iBook using a wireless connection and I have an iBook with a wireless connection. Even my iPaq finds the Linksys. So far, so good. BUT, I am also dual booting into Linux, and with the **** that is wireless on Linux PPC (AE cards are not supported) and considering how nicely Linux finds a wired ethernet connection, I thought to use the AE as a bridge to the Linksys and then use the ethernet port in the AE for the Linux.

    No hope I gather? What if I use the AE as the router from DSL and use the Linksys to extend/bridge? (If I can ever figure out how THAT would be configured.)

    Thanks in advance for any thoughts you might have.

    *************************
    OK...now I just read another post. If I go from AX to AE the ethernet port on the AX is active. Then the AE could go into the Linksys router....am I close?
  • Henry B. Level 9 Level 9 (78,690 points)
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    Oct 18, 2005 10:32 PM (in response to Wayne Crannell1)
    Wayne:

    If an Airport Express or Airport Extreme Base Station is configured to "extend" the existing wireless network of a base station that supports WDS, then the ethernet port IS ENABLED. This is true whether the Airport Express (or Extreme Base Station) is configure as either a relay or a remote base station.

    If you have a Linksys WRT54G or WRT54GS as a main base station, it is possible to use an Airport Express as a remote base station that extends that wireless router's network. A Linux box, cabled via its ethernet port to the Airport Express, would then be able to access the network wirelessly.

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