Currently Being ModeratedNov 26, 2012 7:29 AM (in response to Albert412)
On a Mac laptop........
Locate it near the AirPort Express
Hold down the option key while you click on the fan shaped AirPort icon at the top of the screen
Look for the BSSID and jot down the last few characters
The BSSID is the AirPort ID of the device to which you are connected
Now move the laptop very close to the AirPort Extreme and perform the same BSSID test
If you see the same BSSID as the AirPort Express.....your Mac is connecting to the AirPort Express....and the AirPort Extreme is not extending.
If you see a different BSSID......then the AirPort Extreme is extending correctly.
Keep in mind that when you have an extended network, you will only see one wireless network to join.....not two.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 26, 2012 7:57 AM (in response to Bob Timmons)
Hi Bob thanks for the reply.I tried what you segusted an I only see the Express BSSID#
Currently Being ModeratedNov 26, 2012 10:16 AM (in response to Albert412)
It is easy to see that your two devices are not on the same subnet,or in more simple terms, they are not on the same network.
One has an IP address of 192.168.1.39 and the other has an IP address of 192.168.2.5. If both were on the same network they would both have IP addresses of 192.168.1.x
You also have different security settings as well.
Are you trying to connect the AirPort Extreme using an Ethernet connection from the main base station or using wireless only?
Let's find out what generation Express you actually have there to start. Look on the side of the Express for the Model No.
Post back with that info.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 26, 2012 10:57 AM (in response to Bob Timmons)
The Express model# is A1264 off the side of the case.
Thanks for the help
Currently Being ModeratedNov 26, 2012 11:13 AM (in response to Albert412)
OK, that model will work.
Open AirPort Utility, select the Express, then click Manual Setup
Click the Wireless tab below the icons
Make sure that there is a check mark in the box next to "Allow this network" to be extended"
Update to save any changes
The settings on your AirPort Express should look similar to this:
Post back when done with the Express and we will continue with the Extreme.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 26, 2012 11:25 AM (in response to Albert412)
Yes that is correct it is checked ( Allow this network to be extended )
Currently Being ModeratedNov 26, 2012 11:37 AM (in response to Albert412)
Next, perform a Factory Default Reset on the Extreme as follows:
Power off the Airport Extreme by pulling the power plug from the back of the device
Wait a few minutes
Hold in the reset button first, and continue to hold it in for an additional 9-10 seconds while you simultaneously plug the power plug back in
Release the reset button after the hold period and allow a full minute for the Extreme to restart to a slow, blinking amber light
Temporarily, move the AirPort Extreme to the same room as the AirPort Express
Configure the Extreme again by selecting the Extreme in AirPort Utility and clicking Manual Setup
Click the Base Station tab to name the device, estblish a device password and adjust Time Zone setttings
Click the Wireless tab
Wireless Mode = Extend a wireless network
Wireless Network Name = Same name as the AirPort Express network
Check mark next to Allow Wireless Clients
Wireless Security = Exact same setting as the AirPort Express
Wireless Password = Same password as the AirPort Express wireless network
Click Update and wait 25-30 seconds for a green light
Move the Extreme to a location where it can receive a strong wireless signal from the Express and power it back up
Perform the BSSID tests again to verify that the Extreme is extending the wireless signal
Currently Being ModeratedNov 26, 2012 12:20 PM (in response to Bob Timmons)
Hi Bob that did it the BSSID test came back with the Extreme being the one I am connecting to and it seams to be working great.
I was having trouble seeing the fire through the smoke ( In other words I no not what I was doing.)
Currently Being ModeratedNov 26, 2012 12:26 PM (in response to Albert412)
Glad that you got things working correctly.
Please make this post as answered when you have a few minutes so that it will help other users who might have the same questions.