Currently Being ModeratedAug 7, 2012 8:49 AM (in response to ianAPOC)
If your "old" AirPort Extreme is actually a dome-shaped 802.11g model, then the only option to extend the new 5th generation Extreme is with a Wireless Distribution System (WDS). This type of extended network has two major drawbacks: 1) It can only operate in the 802.11g Radio Mode, and 2) For every base station added the overall bandwidth is cut in half. For two base stations, running in 802.11g, that would be 54 Mbps / 2 = 25-27 Mbps.
If; however, your "old" AirPort is actually a 1st or 2nd generation 802.11n model, then you can configure them for an extended network without the bandwidth penalties of a WDS.
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