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Setup Airport Express as a repeater for Time capsule network?

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Apr 13, 2013 2:09 PM

Can any one provide detailed instructions, or provide a link where I can find these instructions?


Current Setup: TimeWarner Cable Modem/Router (Arris TG852) > Time Capsule router (A1254)


This has created two networks. One from the TW Router and the other from the TC. Even with both networks, I do not have great signal in the last two bedrooms, or bathroom.


I have a Airport Express (A1264)


Can someone explain how to set up the AE as a repeater, and offer any advice on how my network "should be" setup? Thanks


In my reading, I believe this would be Dynamic WDS; correct?

imac, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,080 points)

    Wi-Fi base stations: Extending the range of your wireless network by adding additional Wi-Fi base stations


    Configure the Express to "extend" the Time Capsule's wireless network.


    In this configuration it must be within wireless range of the Time Capsule. Its approximate physical location should be about halfway between the Time Capsule and the limit of its wireless range.


    I do not know what "Dynamic WDS" is but that is not Apple's terminology. They call this configuration an "extended wireless network".

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  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,080 points)

    But, if my TC and Express are next to each other, how does that fix my wifi problems on the other side of my house?


    It doesn't. The benefit of a "roaming network" will be commensurate with the distance between the TC and the Express. That's why I wrote "its approximate physical location should be about halfway between the Time Capsule and the limit of its wireless range."


    The maximum distance is 100m + an allowance for patch cords at both ends.

  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,080 points)

    The wireless network created by the cable router can be identical to the one created by the TC, if you so choose. Just assign your wireless networks the exact same name and wireless security settings and you will effectively have three access points in a "roaming" configuration. It will appear to be only one wireless network, even though three separate devices are creating them.


    If three access points is excessive for you, you can simply disable its wireless radio.


    Disabling unnecessary wireless networks will decrease their contribution to wireless interference for others to contend with. Of course nobody cares about doing this, so the result is a lot of "noise".


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