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Range extension works but not for wireless.  I can't figure it out.

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Mar 7, 2013 3:58 PM

I have a problem I have not seen elsewhere:  I have dsl hooked up to an Airport Extreme, which works great in our house.  However, we have a studio / office that is about 100 feet away.  I have no problem extending the range (wirelessly) with an Airport Express so that my husband can get the internet on his computer, which is a desktop and attached by an ethernet cable to the Express.  The problem is that THERE IS NO WIRELESS signal available in the studio.  I have tried adding another Extreme to a different socket and even moved the Express with no luck.  Am I weakening the signal by somehow channeling it all into the desktop?  I just don't get it.  I would love to be able to use the intenet capabilities that are on the 50" HD tv in there, as well as use my laptop / wireless capabilities on my cellphone, but nada.  Not to mention that I have one expensive Extreme sitting unused (and out of the returnable time window.)

I would certainly appreciate any ideas - But please make them simple because I don't always understand technological lingo.  Thanks!

  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (47,550 points)

    The key to successfully extending the AirPort Extreme's wireless network with the Express is that the Express must be within a certain range of the Extreme in order for it to rebroadcast the network with enough bandwidth to be useful.


    Please check out the following AirPort User Tip for details on best base station placement.

  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (47,550 points)

    I am assuming that the SNR reading of 27 was taken at the location of the Express with the Express powered-off so that we are only reading the signal quality of the Extreme ... correct?


    If so, in general the Extreme has a "better" antenna design over the Express. I would second your suggestion to using a second Extreme to extend the first to see if this improves the Wi-Fi situation at the office location. Another option is to move the Express a bit closer to the Extreme.


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