Currently Being ModeratedNov 19, 2013 6:13 AM (in response to m__k)
When you set up an AirPort Express or other AirPort device to "extend" a wireless network, it is very important to remember that the extending AirPort can only extend the quality and speed of the signal that it receives.
In other words, the extending AirPort needs to be located where it can receive a strong, fast wireless signal to be able to extend it effectively.
If you locate the Express in the area where the speed has dropped to 12 Mbps, that is what the Express will extend. You want to locate the Express where the speed has not dropped so much, maybe around the 30 Mbps point.
Normally, that would mean that the Expess is located about half way between the "main" AirPort router and the general area that needs more wireless coverage.
Not sure what you mean by "old" AirPort in your post. A really "old" AirPort does not have the capability to "extend" a wireless network at all, so if you have one of those devices, it would not have done anything for you.
Can you locate the model number on the side of the device?
Currently Being ModeratedNov 20, 2013 3:19 AM (in response to Bob Timmons)
it's the first genereation Airport Express...