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Use of non-Apple Access Point

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Dave Klein2 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Jul 21, 2011 10:29 AM

Currenlty I have an Airport Extreme in the back bedroom of a ranch style home connected to my Cable Modem Router. I have two sets of speakers in the other end of the home with Airport Express units plugged into them so as to play music. The Airport Extreme creates the wireless network with the Express's joining the network.

 

I have recently added a Gigabit Switch to the mix that works just fine plugged into the Extreme's LAN port so as to have cabled connected to AppleTV, Mac Mini...etc in another room of the house.

 

My signal on the opposite end of the house as the Extreme has always been week so I purchased a High Power (2,000 milliWatts) 11g Access Point. My question pertains to the Access Point. I will be plugging this into the switch and placing into the part of the home with the weak signal. In my set up do I just need to match the SSID (network name), wireless security level and password as the APX? Also, the vendor told me to choose a channel on the opposite end as my existing network... does this make sense?

 

Thanks for any comments by those that might have a similar set up or knowledge on the issue.

MacBook Pro, PowerMac G5's, MacMini, iPad, iPod Touch., Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (47,520 points)
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    Jul 21, 2011 2:14 PM (in response to Dave Klein2)
    My question pertains to the Access Point. I will be plugging this into the switch and placing into the part of the home with the weak signal. In my set up do I just need to match the SSID (network name), wireless security level and password as the APX? Also, the vendor told me to choose a channel on the opposite end as my existing network... does this make sense?

    Yes, you pretty much have it already. The Access Point, should be configured as follows:

    • Use the same SSID as the AirPort's wireless network.
    • Use the same security type and password as the AirPort's wireless network.
    • Use a radio channel at least 3-5 channels away from the AirPort's wireless network to prevent Wi-Fi interference between radios.
  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (47,520 points)
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    Jul 21, 2011 7:36 PM (in response to Dave Klein2)

    FWIW ... in my case, my main Internet router is a Cisco RVS4000. Connected back to the Cisco are an AirPort Extreme Base Station (AEBS), and just recently, a 4th generation Time Capsule. Both routers are bridged and are basically performing as combination Ethernet switches and Wireless Access Points. I have this network configured as a roaming network with one base station on each floor. I actually use both base stations' USB and LAN ports for a number of perpherals and this combo has been working great for over a year now.

  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,400 points)
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    Jul 22, 2011 10:06 AM (in response to Dave Klein2)

    I suspect that the claims for the Access Point are way over the top. Just about every manufacturer is running their wireless devices at or near the max allowed by law, so you should not see much variation from devices or manufacturers.

     

    Most access points provide around a nominal 20dBm output, which translates to 100mW. The fact that your AirPort is doing as well, or better than the Access Point just might be a clue as to what its real capabilities might be.

  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,400 points)
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    Jul 23, 2011 6:47 PM (in response to Dave Klein2)
    To extend my network I wonder what my bes option would be?

    Your home layout is likely going to dictate your real options, but in terms of performance, the options would line up like this:

     

    • Connect the remote wireless devices using an Ethernet cable back to the main router
    • Use Ethernet power line adapters to send a psedo Ethernet signal over the AC power lines in your home...if you can't run the Ethernet cable
    • Use wireless to connect the remote devices to the main router

     

    You may likely wind up with a combination of method to achieve what you want, but strive for wired connections if at all possible, then drop down to wireless.

  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,400 points)
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    Jul 26, 2011 1:34 PM (in response to Dave Klein2)
    I remember seeing an option for extending the network... is that a better choice?

    Yes, as long as the Express is capable of providing more wireless coverage, it can't hurt to set it up that way. I have yet to hear from the first user who felt that his wireless coverage was too good.  

  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,400 points)
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    Jul 26, 2011 3:38 PM (in response to Dave Klein2)

    If you connect the Express using Ethernet.....you will not use the "extend" configuration. In that case the Express must be configured to "Create a wireless network" using the same wireless network name, security and password as the "main" network. Configure the Express as a "bridge" as well.

     

    If you want step by step for this, let me know.

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