8 Replies Latest reply: Mar 4, 2009 10:01 AM by MichaelRowe01
supermarcie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I have a wireless dlink but in one place I have a very low signal.
I'am trying to extend it with an airport express, the light is green on the airport express, so it is connected to the wireless network.
The configuration program shows the settings, so I'am sure it is working but my signal is still very low.
I also don't see another name as my old SSID is this normal??
How can I be sure I'am connected to the Airport express??

When the light on the Airport express is green and my PC is very close to the airport express do I need to have full signal or not????

acer, Windows XP
  • 1. Re: wireless extend network
    Duane Level 10 Level 10 (117,955 points)
    supermarcie, Welcome to the discussion area!

    I'm guessing that you have the AirPort Express (AX) configured to join a wireless network. In this mode the AX is connecting just like any other wireless client and is not wirelessly extending the network.

    The bad news is that the AX can not wirelessly extend the network provided by the D-Link because the D-Link is not compatible with Apple's WDS.
  • 2. Re: wireless extend network
    supermarcie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I also tried it with a sitecom wireless router ==> same result.
    So this means it is not possible with wireless routers other than apple??
  • 3. Re: wireless extend network
    Duane Level 10 Level 10 (117,955 points)
    Pretty much. There are probably less than 10 non-Apple devices which have been found to be compatible.
  • 4. Re: wireless extend network
    meatpie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    uh-oh... now I'm concerned. I have a Corega wireless router and I'm trying to have my Airport express connect to it...

    I'm having the same problem a lot of people are experiencing:
    I want it to join my network and I go through the airport utility until it says the configuration is successful and it must restart.

    Then it never restarts because it says it can't find the device....
  • 5. Re: wireless extend network
    Duane Level 10 Level 10 (117,955 points)
    meatpie, Welcome to the discussion area!

    Joining the wireless network shouldn't be a problem.

    This thread is about using WDS to wirelessly extend a network. WDS will not work for you.
  • 6. Re: wireless extend network
    MichaelRowe01 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have a LinkSys WRT110 will it work with my router? Where can I find a complete list of devices which are supported for extending the wireless network?
  • 7. Re: wireless extend network
    Duane Level 10 Level 10 (117,955 points)
    No that device doesn't support Apple's WDS either.

    Where can I find a complete list of devices which are supported for extending the wireless network?


    • 3com OfficeConnect ADSL Wireless 11g Firewall Router model 3crwdr100a-72 but ONLY with NO encryption
    • Belkin F5D7230-4 and F5D7231
    • BT Voyager 2091 or 2100
    • Buffalo WGR-G54
    • Linksys WRT54G or WRT54GS (not latest versions v5)
    • Netgear WGR614 v6
    • SMC (one model - don't know the model number)
    • Thompson 585v6 wireless router (40 bit WEP works but stronger encryption does not)
  • 8. Re: wireless extend network
    MichaelRowe01 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks... Looks like I Am out of luck for now.