Currently Being ModeratedFeb 25, 2013 12:00 AM (in response to AceNeerav)
Not to extend, however the Express could 'join' a WiFi network.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 25, 2013 2:06 AM (in response to edex67)
what does that actually do?
i tired that with my phone's wifi hotspot. apparantely the AE got connected to it but it no longer was broadcasting its own netowork.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 25, 2013 7:41 AM (in response to AceNeerav)
Essentially the AE acts as a WiFi bridge and print server.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 25, 2013 10:17 AM (in response to edex67)
when i made it join my personal hotspot it joined it well and my android phone (iphone 5 will arrive in a few days, am just getting ready for it) indicated that it has a device connected. my AE even showed gree light. but my mac couldn't locate the AE's own wifi network!
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 25, 2013 10:24 AM (in response to AceNeerav)
from what ur saying that the AE acts like a bridge, i suppose that should make the AE retain its own network. only if it acts as an access point would it act like a repeater (which is clearly not what i want as i want to be able to stream airplay audio to the AE even when it is not 'extending' a network).
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 25, 2013 11:11 AM (in response to AceNeerav)
Basically, when the AE is joined it does not repeat or act as an access point, therefore it does not create any network. You could buy a second AE and attach this to the first via Ethernet, or you could purchase a WiFi extender.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 25, 2013 6:41 PM (in response to edex67)
i get that part that 'ae doesnt act as a repeater' when 'joined' but then what does it do when joined? what exactly is being a bridge?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 25, 2013 11:46 PM (in response to AceNeerav)
The Ethernet ports can be used to bridge Ethernet to WiFi, also the USB is enabled and AirPlay is enabled.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 26, 2013 12:14 AM (in response to edex67)
i appreciate the effort ur taking to explain this to me, but, i am confused.
lets keep ethernet out of the picture.
when it comes purely to wifi....
- create a new network: would create a new wifi network with its own IP pool.
- extend a network: would make the ae act as a repeater or accesspoint without its own ip pool and would let u connect, via itself, to an another network . the job os gettin an ip would be that of the original router/device hosting the network that the AE is extending
- join a network: woud...?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 26, 2013 12:22 AM (in response to edex67)
infact... let me tell u what my AE is doing at the moment.
it is connected to my ISP's device which is on my building roof. this device is capable of hosting an IP pool. when i put my AE in bridge mode it tends to make my macbook connect directly to the ISP's device. the ip is the one that i get from the ISP. since my ISP's device allows upto 5 computers i can also connect my ipad and phone. i can use airplay this way but as soon as i loose internet connectivity and stop getting an ip from my isp's modem airplay stops, inspite of the fact that macbook is connected to the AE. this is obvious because now my device doesn't have an IP.
i dont know what DHCP only mode does.
RIght now i have it it DHCP and NAT mode. this lets the router have its own dhcp pool even while the device ahead of it capable of having a dhcp pool. it shows as a conflict in Airport utility but when i 'ignore' the problem i get a green light and internet works fine. there is no pppoe over here. the pppoe is done my by ISP's modem wireleslly to the node wimax base station in my area.
by keeping in the dhcp and nat mode, it is supposed to be a bit slow, but, inturn it allows me to use my LAN based communication within devices and airplay without a glitch.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 26, 2013 12:28 AM (in response to AceNeerav)
DHCP only basically just makes the Express do DHCP only.
Join makes the Express:
- Do AirPlay
- Share a printer
- Make Ethernet devices WiFi enabled
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 26, 2013 12:30 AM (in response to edex67)
u know a good diagram on the internet that can explain networking in general. like router, swtich, gateway, access point, bridge, etc... ?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 26, 2013 8:38 AM (in response to AceNeerav)
http://www.explainingcomputers.com/networking.html came up on Google, you might also want to look on YouTube.