Currently Being ModeratedJul 15, 2012 8:02 PM (in response to Robert Learner)
We need to check some settings on the last generation AirPort Extreme or current AirPort Express.
What version of AirPort Utility are you using to configure these devices?
If you are not sure, open AirPort Utility, click the AirPort Utility menu in the upper left corner of the screen next to the Apple icon and click About AirPort Utility.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 24, 2012 9:04 AM (in response to Bob Timmons)
Thx for the reply.
- Latest version of Airport Utility When I add an AE or AX to extend, I see the internet connection icon go yellow. Getting rid of the extender brings it back to green
- setting for AE is bridge mode as stated, set to static
Currently Being ModeratedJul 24, 2012 9:26 AM (in response to Robert Learner)
Is it possible that you had the extending device configured to "extend" using wireless only at one time, and you are now connecting an Ethernet cable to the device?
The reason that I ask is that if the extending AirPort is configured to "extend a wireless network", it will crash the network as soon as you connect the Ethernet cable and Update the settings.
The "Extend a wireless network" setting is only used if the device is connecting using wireless only....and you indicate that it is connecting using Ethernet.
The extending AirPort must be configured to use a Network Mode of "Create a wireless network" when it connects using Ethernet.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 24, 2012 9:33 AM (in response to Bob Timmons)
My prior setup had the extender wired via ethernet -- I thought.
What you describe in terms of crashing the network is exactly what's happening.
What I'm looking to do, as I'm sure you understand, is extend network coverage as best as possible where signal is weak. A wireless access point, if that's the correct term. Since the signal is weak at the location of the extender but I have ethernet avail there, I wanted to use a wired connection as extending via wireless connection doesn't work well.
If I use the network mode of 'Create a wireless network' on the AE/AX I used to extend, this would have to be a different network, no? There is no way to use a wired connection to extend the existing network? Hope this is clear.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 24, 2012 10:16 AM (in response to Robert Learner)
If I use the network mode of 'Create a wireless network' on the AE/AX I used to extend, this would have to be a different network, no?
No. You want to setup what is known as a Roaming Network.
Configure the remote AirPort to....
Create a wireless network using exactly the same wireless network name as the main network
Configure it to use exactly the same settings and password for wireless security
Set the channel to Automatic
Make sure that the AirPort is configured in Bridge Mode as the last step before you click Update.
There is no way to use a wired connection to extend the existing network?
The steps above are correct. You can configure as many other wireless access points that you want on a network this way. I use 3 here at the house all tied into an Ethernet switch.
For more information about a Roaming Network, see this Apple support document.
AirPort Utility in Lion will literally configure this for you automatically, but you have to start over with the AirPort that you want to configure. Post back if you need more help.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 24, 2012 10:30 AM (in response to Bob Timmons)
Much much thx. I'll run thru the steps and report back. Figured there had to be a way.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 24, 2012 10:34 AM (in response to Robert Learner)
Lion's AirPort Utility 6.x is not the application to use if you want to configure the AirPorts manually. AirPort Utility is for quick setup using default settings.
Instead, use AirPort Utility 5.6 for Mac OS X Lion
You can keep both AirPort Utility 5.6 and 6.x on your Mac.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 25, 2012 11:51 AM (in response to Bob Timmons)
All good now Bob, thx. One thing though, not sure the old Airport Utility works w/the new AX.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 25, 2012 11:59 AM (in response to Robert Learner)
AirPort Utility 5.6 for Lion will work if you ignore the message that "this version of AirPort Utility doesn't support... blah blah..."
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