1496 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: Aug 18, 2007 2:57 PM by Merged Content 1
Unfortunately, most non-AirPort routers are not compatible with Apple's implementation of Wireless Distribution System (WDS)...so it very unlikely that your router can be extended wirelessly with the AirPort Express Base Station (AX).
The few that are known to work are:
o Linksys WRT54G or WRT54GS (not v5)
o Belkin F5D7230-4 and F5D7231
o BT Voyager 2091
o Netgear WGR614 v6
o Buffalo WGR-G54
Do not waste your time even attempting this. It will NOT work.
It won't work as the Netgear router uses a different chipset to the Airport and therefore is incompatible.
If you try and use the AirPort Setup Assistant you will find that the Airport Express will be unable to find a compatible wireless router.
First, I would ascertain, whether or not, the Netgear supports DD-WRT or if the manufacturer's supports WDS on this model. If the answer is no for either of these, then there would be little chance of success trying to create a WDS between these two.
Unfortunately, I have not come across any specific WDS set up instructions between these two devices on the Internet to offer, as most likely, no one has been successful in making this work.
If you like examples of other WDS pairings with the AX, take a look at the following links:
I am assuming if I wire the AX to the router and then attempt a connection to the AX wireless from the mac mini, this might work.
Yes. You just need to set up the AX as a bridge...
To set up the AirPort Express Base Station (AX) as a bridge, either connect to the AX's wireless network or temporarily connect your computer directly (using an Ethernet cable) to the Ethernet port of the AX, and then, using the AirPort Admin Utility (located in the \Applications\Utilities folder), make these settings:
o Distribute IP addresses (unchecked)
o Apply the new setting.
I connected my imac wirelessley using the AX connected wired to the router, but the mac mini just will not pick up any wireless connection unless its sat on the aerial of the wireless router.
Thanks for all the help.
Luckily I can move an Apple TV upstairs, which will pick up any and all wireless connections ( and will do what I wanted the mini to do ), and I'll move the mini downstairs and have it wired.