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Setting up two Airport stations

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4thSpace Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jul 4, 2013 8:51 AM

I have an Airport Time Capsule that is connected via wire to DSL Modem1.  My Mac Mini is connected via wire to it and my MBP is wireless.

 

I'd like to add another Airport (Express?) to a second DSL Modem2.  I have two ISPs.  I would like the MBP to easily switch between the two Airports. I'm guessing that will be done via the wifi icon near the clock in the menu bar?

 

I would also like to share files wirelessly between the two computers and be able to see everything on the networks from all computers.  I have an AppleTV, iPod, iPad all on the Airport Time Capsule network.  When the MBP is on Airport2, will it still be able to see all of those devices?

 

What exactly should I purchase for Airport2?  An Airport Express?  It isn't an extension of Airport Time Capsule.  It will basically be a new network (I'm guessing) that feeds off DSL Modem2.

  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,470 points)
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    Jul 4, 2013 9:20 AM (in response to 4thSpace)

    I would like the MBP to easily switch between the two Airports. I'm guessing that will be done via the wifi icon near the clock in the menu bar?

    Correct, you will have to manually click the AirPort icon and select the network that you want the MBP to join.

     

    I would also like to share files wirelessly between the two computers and be able to see everything on the networks from all computers.

    Be sure to enable File Sharing and Printer Sharing in the System Preferences > Sharing settings on each Mac.

    When the MBP is on Airport2, will it still be able to see all of those devices?

    No, it is on another network.

     

    What exactly should I purchase for Airport2?

    Compare the AirPorts using the link below and choose the one that meets your requirements.

     

    Compare now

  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,470 points)
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    Jul 4, 2013 10:16 AM (in response to 4thSpace)
    My MBP is 2.5 years old.  My Mac Mini was purchased last December.  My AppleTV is only a 2nd gen.  Those 3 devices are the main ones I'd like to see a speed boost in.

     

     

    Before you jump in an buy a new Time Capsule or new AirPort Extreme with 802.11ac performance, you might want to understand that you will not get 802.11ac performance unless you also have a new 802.11ac capable computer.

     

    Right now, the only Macs that support 802.11ac are the new MacBook Air models introduced earlier month.

     

    If you don't have a new 802.11ac computer, then you should not expect much if anything in the way of significant improvement with the existing computers and devices that you have.

     

     

    But I'm not sure if they will be any faster than 300Mbps.

     

     

    300 Mbps would be about the maximum theoretical speed that you could attain with the devices that you have. The exception would be that the Mac Mini could possibly reach up to about 450 Mbps....in theory.....with a new AirPort router or Time Capsule. The Mac Mini would need to have a clear line of sight to the new AirPort or Time Capsule to reach up to these levels.

     

    If you want to check the speed at which your computers are currently connecting, hold down the option key while you click on the AirPort icon at the top of the screen and look for the setting for Transmit Rate.  That is the number in Mbps of the current maximum connection speed capability.

  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,470 points)
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    Jul 4, 2013 10:21 AM (in response to 4thSpace)

    Probably OK for wireless, but if you plan to connect any Ethernet devices to the Express, the ports on the AirPort Extreme are 10 times faster than the ports on an AirPort Express.

     

    So, you might have a 300 Mbps wireless connection on the Express, but the Ethernet connection on the Express will cut down that capability to 100 Mbps maximum.  The AirPort Extreme ports can handle up to 1,000 Mbps.

  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,470 points)
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    Jul 4, 2013 10:29 AM (in response to 4thSpace)

    The ports on the AirPort Express are 10 times slower than the ports on your older Time Capsule and newer Extremes and Time Capsules.

     

    AirPort Express = 100 Mbps

     

    AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule = 1,000 Mbps

     

    This is a no brainer for me....if I was looking for a new AirPort router.

  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,470 points)
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    Jul 4, 2013 10:35 AM (in response to 4thSpace)

    'll get a new MBP next year.  It will be able to take advantage of the new faster Airport Extreme.

    Not unless Apple has introduced 802.11ac capable MBPs.

     

    But you mentioned it isn't possible to see two networks at once right?

    If you get the Express or Extreme and connect it to the 2nd DSL modem, you will not be able to "see" any devices on the "other" network....and devices on the "other" network will not be able to "see" devices on the 2nd network.

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