Currently Being ModeratedMar 3, 2013 1:09 PM (in response to TheSophist87)
I am attempting to use my AEBS to extend an 802.11b/g wireless network from a Linksys WRT54G router
Apple tells us that the "extend" feature will only work if you have another Apple router producing the wireless network.
As far as we know.....and have tested with numerous 3rd party routers, including the Linksys WRT54G.....the "extend" feature is not compatible with products from other manufacturers.
- I reset the AEBS and put it in "Join a wireless network" mode. It is able to locate the unsecured linksys network and receive a valid DHCP lease.
"Join a wireless network" does not provide any additional wireless signal coverage. In your case, it really does not do anything unless you want to try to connect a printer or hard drive to the USB port on the AirPort Extreme. Even if you could do this, other users would "see" the device on the network.
I go to the wireless tab in the Airport Utility (AU) and change it to "Extend a wireless network" mode. The linky network is in the "Wireless network name" field and excryption is set to none.
"Extend" would be the right setting to provide more wireless signal coverage.....but I would be extremely surprised if it worked for the reasons stated above.
Even in the unlikely event that you might be able to get it to work, the AirPort could not create a Guest Network...it could only "extend" the main network. As you know, the Linksys does not have a Guest Network feature.
Your possible options would appear to be....
1) Check with Linksys to see if they might have a compatible product that would "repeat" or extend the wireless signal
2) Try a "universal" repeater from a company like Netgear to see if that might work
3) Connect the AirPort Extreme back to the Linksys router using a wired Ethernet connection. If it is not possible to run the Ethernet cable, a pair of HomePlug Ethernet powerline adapters might be able to send a signal over the existing powerlines if everything is on the same master AC circuit
Options 1) and 2) would not allow you to create a private wireless network. Option 3) would if you configure the AirPort Extreme in Router mode to handle DHCP and NAT services for the network. You will have a Double NAT error on the network, but this is usually not a serious problem on a simple network.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 11, 2013 11:43 PM (in response to Bob Timmons)
Good evening Bob,
After many failed attempts, I agree with you that what I wanted to do simply cannot be done without purchasing more hardware. It blows my mind that it is so difficult to extend the linky network that my AEBS can definitely see (and join). My logic feels that if the AEBS can take an internet connect from ethernet and broadcast it across two WiFi bands, it sould easily be able to take an internet connection from one band and broadcast to the other band without difficulty. I guess Apple might have that ability locked to encourgae the purchase of the AX, but I still don't approve.
That being said (and my little rant over), thanks for confirming what I feared was the truth, your detailed answer was awesome!