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extending wireless network (virgin)

419 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Nov 13, 2012 12:17 PM by LaPastenague RSS
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Nov 11, 2012 8:11 AM

I have a virgin home hub (fiarly new). I have a TC - bought to replace router we had proir to integrated hub. I use TC as timemachine, and its connected into network - bridge mode using ethernet cable. Our cable for modem etc is in back bedroom so network weak in front downstairs. want to exptend network/ wifi, through getting second hand airport but would like to know in advance how to set up. Currently have :

 

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Do I need to somehow turn off the router part in my virgin hub and make the TC a router first? Or is their a way for a airport to connect into system as I have it?

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  • LaPastenague Level 7 Level 7 (32,590 points)
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    Nov 11, 2012 11:28 AM (in response to machupiku)

    tc settings.jpg

    Do I need to somehow turn off the router part in my virgin hub and make the TC a router first? Or is their a way for a airport to connect into system as I have it?

    I cannot select what I want from the above.. but you have this setup wrongly..

     

    You have both an ethernet connection and a join wireless connection. That messes things up.

    Ethernet is good.. keep that. Change over the wireless from join to create a wireless network. You can give it a different name or the same name.. then check the allow it to be extended and the airport can then extend the TC network..

    Although a better way would be to use a longer ethernet and place the TC in the poor wireless area. The connection will still be fine over ethernet.

  • LaPastenague Level 7 Level 7 (32,590 points)
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    Nov 11, 2012 3:03 PM (in response to machupiku)

    Go back to scratch.. and always setup by ethernet.. do not ever attempt to setup wireless by wireless.. you are cutting off the branch you are sitting on.

     

    Disconnect the TC from the existing networking.. plug it into a computer by ethernet.. press and hold the reset and start again.

     

    Set the TC in bridge mode.. very important.

     

    Set the wireless to create.. and give it the name you want.. you can do whatever you like.. use the same name as the virgin hub or a different name.. you are not creating a secondary network.. you are creating a second wireless network.. both are linked via the HUB and you have full access to clients on either .. so it makes not a wit of difference. For roaming though.. use exactly the same name.. same security.. same passkey.. different wireless channel.

     

    Update the TC and plug it back into the network.

     

    You now have TC or virgin hub and can use either.

  • LaPastenague Level 7 Level 7 (32,590 points)
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    Nov 13, 2012 12:17 PM (in response to machupiku)

    Do a full factory reset..

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3728

     

    If the TC light goes out the power supply is dead.. this is the most common form of failure on gen1 and gen2 TC..

    Gen 3 tends to fail completely with a different problem.

     

    The two things are unrelated.. setting up a TC and failure of the power supply are not connected. A factory reset will prove that.. Leave the TC off until cooled down completely.. before you attempt the restart.. that can help. 

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