5 Replies Latest reply: Feb 29, 2008 1:48 PM by W0X0F
wyzard Level 2 Level 2 (450 points)
Good afternoon.

I have an Airport Extreme (10/100). I'm interested in getting a Time Capsule for the backup capabilities for my Macs and for the 10/100/1000.

My question, will it have the same base IP address as my Extreme, so i should simply have to plug it in (and do the initial password thing, etc.) and all my items currently on my network (some with static IP addresses) should be OK to continue going without reconfiguration?

Thanks.

Mac Mini, 24" iMac, iBook G4, Mac OS X (10.5.2), 20" Apple Cinema Display
  • Michael Seelye Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    If you are running an extreme already and that is holding your connection to the internet you would probably want to set up the TC as a relay in a WDS.

    You can't really share a single IP but you can NAT your public IP, Extreme does this by default I believe. This way all connecting devices get a non-public IP. I would guess a 2nd wireless router (The TC) would also adopt a NAT'd IP.

    When I get my TC I intend to use it as my gateway/connection to the internet and plug my MacPro into it and then set up my existing Extreme as a relay in a WDS. This way I have extra ethernet ports on the same network and expand my wireless range.

    I cut and pasted the help for the extreme in a post before. here . . . http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=6713481#6713481

    I'm not sure, does that help answer your question?
  • wyzard Level 2 Level 2 (450 points)
    Thanks for the response.

    I'm actually looking at using the TC for it's gigabit wired connection. I guess I could replace the extreme with the TC for wired, then place the extreme upstairs as a relay.

    How hard would this be? Any issues you can see by doing it this way?

    Thanks again.
  • W0X0F Level 2 Level 2 (160 points)
    WDS will slow down your wireless network to the extent that data has to be retransmitted between WDS nodes. If you were happy with the wireless performance of the Extreme (square 10/100, or older UFO version?), I would just replace the older unit with the TC. If you want to maximize wireless bandwidth, you could keep the older unit as your router and wire the TC into it, set to bridge wired to wireless on a different channel.
  • rogerdm Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am not as savy in networks and setting them up, though I did set up the extreme base station myself. My question is, Can I just unplug the extreme and plug in the TC? I have a windows desktop and a macbook. Any help would be appreciated.
  • W0X0F Level 2 Level 2 (160 points)
    rogerdm wrote:
    I am not as savy in networks and setting them up, though I did set up the extreme base station myself. My question is, Can I just unplug the extreme and plug in the TC? I have a windows desktop and a macbook. Any help would be appreciated.



    Same process that you had with your AEBS--looks like an AE with a big HD hidden inside. Same AirPort Utility (well, new version, I'd imagine), but same process.