5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 13, 2013 3:51 PM by Stephen Schulte1
Stephen Schulte1 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

I wish to extend the range of my current wireless network.  Today I have computers / iPads on 3 levels.  The "modem" is a Belgian Belgacom unit which gives me digital television; and also cable and wireless internet.  It is on level 2 and any computer (or my iPad) on level 2 or level 3 can connect wireless to this modem.  Great so far!

 

But on level 1 the Wireless connection is at best intermittent.  Yes I can go 2-3 hours just fine, but then suddenly it is no longer there-- just too far from the modem and separated by thick concrete walls, floors and such.  I have an Ethernet cable running from Level 2 to Level 1 - and this is plugged-into a router.  From the router I have ethernet cables going to 2 printers as well as to my MacBook Pro-13" (mid-2010 model).

 

So why do I need WiFi on Level 1? Because: 1.  I use my iPad on level 1 a lot-- and it loses WiFi.  2.  If I use my MBP-13" on ethernet (via a cable) instead of WiFi then I cannot sync wirelessly with my iPad; nor can I use my nice $20 software "Printopia" from ecamm to send documents to the Mac from my iPad (or from the iPad via the Mac to print to the Canon printer).  Indeed if I plug-in the ethernet as well as WiFi -- the iPad often does not connect (because I now realize, the Mac is not connected or only intermittently connected to the internet via WiFi).  And sometimes if both ARE connected, the iPad (printopia) is confused and will not connect / print.

 

OK so the router I am using on level 1 is a wireless router-- a D-Link DIR-635, but I am not using its WiFi features at this time. Can I use this DIR-635 to extend the WiFi network of the "Belgacom" WiFi?  If so, will it be seen as the exact same wireless?  (Because the sync with iPad or Printopia software only works if the WiFi networks are the same). 

 

OR: Can I purchase and set-up an Apple Airport Express or Apple Airport Extreme on my level 1 (the ethernet cable running from level 2 to level 1 could plug-into either of those). (What is the difference in the 2 -- one is about twice the price of the other…).  If so, would the WiFi signal that it emits be the same "network" as my iPad on Level 2 or Level 3 connecting to the WiFi by the Belgacom modem?  And - how will I know?

 

In summary, I want one giant Wireless Network -- just one, all the same  "SteveBelWiFi" throughout the house - with strong reception on each level.  How best to do this?

 

Thanks in advance for any comments and guidance.

 

Best regards,

 

 

Steve Schulte

Monday 19 November 2012


MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion, Also a Mac SE running 6.0.4 - not upgrading that!
  • 1. Re: Extending the range of my wireless network
    Stephen Schulte1 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    I really thought I would be flooded with some good replies here!  Please let me know what is the best way to solve this issue.

     

    Thanks,

     

    Steve

    Wednesday 21 November 2012

  • 2. Re: Extending the range of my wireless network
    Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (78,505 points)

     

    Can I use this DIR-635 to extend the WiFi network of the "Belgacom" WiFi?

     

    To answer this question correctly, a user would need to have a DIR-635 router connected by Ethernet to a Belgacom router.

     

    If you think about it, the chances of another user who has these two same devices configured this way and also being on an Apple support forum to see your post are about zero.

     

    The following might work, but you will not know until you try.

     

    Configure the DIR-635 to provide a wireless network that uses the exact same wireless network name, exact same wireless security and exact same password as the Belgacom wireless router. Make sure that the DIR-635 is configured in Bridge Mode.

     

    Can I purchase and set-up an Apple Airport Express or Apple Airport Extreme on my level 1 (the ethernet cable running from level 2 to level 1 could plug-into either of those)

    The AirPort Express or AirPort Extreme would need to be configured exactly the same way as mentioned above.

     

     

    (What is the difference in the 2 -- one is about twice the price of the other…)

     

    http://www.apple.com/wifi/

  • 3. Re: Extending the range of my wireless network
    indigobox Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Stephen,


    I have done this using Apple Airport devices. I currently have 2x Apple Aiport Expresses bridged to an Apple Airport Extreme which is downstairs. This works a treat and I get full range pretty much all over the house.

     

    Regards
    CJ.

  • 4. Re: Extending the range of my wireless network
    Stephen Schulte1 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Thanks for all the replies and I am working on this when I get time.  A must-do so I will be posting back here, likely this coming weekend.

     

    More soon,

     

    Steve

  • 5. Re: Extending the range of my wireless network
    Stephen Schulte1 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    See a bunch of other posts I did on this - basically Airport Extreme was the extremely nice answer!

     

    Best regards,

     

     

    Steve Schulte

    Monday 14 January 2013