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can i connect airport extreme to another router

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BusyChris18 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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May 25, 2012 9:15 AM

Hi.  I had been using an airport extreme on my wireless home internet network and LOVED it.  I recently switched internet providers and they supplied their own router for both tv and internet.  They told me not to connect the airport extreme to it because it could cause conflicts?

 

Is this true?  I would love to still use it as I was familiar with it and its settings.  Also, I want to plug a USB storage device into it. 

 

If I can use it, how would I connect it?  Then would I search for that old network SSID and use that key to connect?  Would the ISP router just pass the signal to the extreme?  Lastly would all wireless items (ie: ipods, itouch, etc....) look for the extreme SSID?

 

Thanks so much!!!!!

AirPort Extreme 802.11n (4th Gen)
  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,475 points)
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    May 25, 2012 11:55 AM (in response to BusyChris18)

    They told me not to connect the airport extreme to it because it could cause conflicts?

    Two wireless routers in close proximity, both producing a wireless signal can indeed and will likely create some interference issues for both signals.

     

    If you are thinking of using the AirPort Extreme to provide the wireless service, check with your service provider first to make sure that they will allow you turn off the wireless function on their router....and provide the instructions for how to do this as well.....and provide support to you in the event of any difficulties.

     

    If I can use it, how would I connect it?

    With an Ethernet cable....from one of the LAN <-> ports on the ISP router to the WAN "O" port on the AirPort Extreme. Used with another router, it is important that the AirPort Extreme be configured in Bridge Mode. We can provide the details on how to do this if you need them.

     

    Then would I search for that old network SSID and use that key to connect?

    Yes, if you are referring to the AirPort Extreme and have not changed the setup.

     

    Would the ISP router just pass the signal to the extreme?

    Yes, via the Ethernet cable connected from the ISP router to the AirPort Extreme.

     

    Lastly would all wireless items (ie: ipods, itouch, etc....) look for the extreme SSID?

    Yes, if they are now configured to do so. Otherwise, if you have to use the ISP's wireless router, you will need to set up new connections for each device that will connect using wireless.

  • js66 Calculating status...
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    May 26, 2012 5:29 AM (in response to BusyChris18)

    Hi BusyChris18,

     

    I had a similar situation after changing my ISP, the difference being that my ISP supplied a modem only and not a wireless router. Aside from this, I could not get my Airport Extreme Base Station to work with the new modem despite many attempts by the ISP.

     

    After investigating, and to make a long story short, I now have a Netgear N600 Wireless Dual Band Router WNDR3400 connected to the ISP modem and my Airport Extreme connected to one of the LAN ports on the router. Setup was essentially "plug-and-play" and everything worked (and continues to work) without a hitch. I have both routers configured in wireless mode and they are physically located about a foot from each other; and although I expected problems, I encountered none.

     

    The variable for you may be the modem/router supplied by yuour ISP - some are really adaptable while others are not. The only thing I suggest is that you connect a LAN port from the new router to your Airport WAN port and try. You may be pleasantly surprised.

     

    Good luck from Montreal.

  • psthurs Calculating status...
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    Jan 16, 2013 5:10 PM (in response to Bob Timmons)

    Bob,

     

    I would like details on how to set up my airport extreme in bridge mode, please.

     

    Pete

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