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AirportExpress ethernet

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May 2, 2012 10:15 PM

Is it possable to use my AirportExpress to take the existing wifi in the home and hand it off to my MacPro via ethernet?  My MacPro does not have a wireless card.  Thanks

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,030 points)
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    May 2, 2012 10:17 PM (in response to sydneyleb)

    Yes, but the speed will still be the same as wireless. It would be better to run an Ethernet cable directly from the Mac Pro to an Ethernet port on your router.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,030 points)
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    May 2, 2012 11:00 PM (in response to sydneyleb)

    Configure your AEX to Extend your existing wireless. Run the Ethernet cable from the AEX to one of the Ethernet ports on your Mac Pro. Configure the Mac Pro's Network preferences to use DHCP.

  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,585 points)
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    May 3, 2012 5:56 AM (in response to sydneyleb)

    Kappy's instructions will work fine if your wireless network is being provided by another Apple router.


    But, if your "main" router is not an Apple, you will not be able to configure the AirPort Express to "extend" the wireless network.


    Instead, you will need to configure it to "Join" the wireless network and then enter a check mark next to the option to enable the Ethernet port during the setup for the device.


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