7 Replies Latest reply: Oct 27, 2009 12:13 PM by Pierre-Antonin
Pierre-Antonin Level 1 Level 1
When I bought a time capsule my Airport Extreme became obsolete. Nevertheless I do not have a proper wireless coverage in my apartment. Is it possible to extend the wireless network by adding the "old" airport extreme in the apartment and use it as a "relay" and if yes how? Thanks for your guidances and advices.


Mac Book Pro 17" + iMac 24", Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • deh2k Level 4 Level 4
    This document contains information about the options available:


    In particular, page 43 "Extending the Range of an 802.11n Network" may help.
  • Pierre-Antonin Level 1 Level 1
    Many thanks. I'll try this.

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10
    Check to be sure that you have an AirPort Extreme(n) before you try to use the "Extend a wireless network" configuration.

    If you have an older AirPort Extreme that does not have "n" capability, you will need to configure a WDS (Wireless Distribution System) arrangement. This is covered in a different guide on pages 42-44.

  • Pierre-Antonin Level 1 Level 1
    Tried the suggested procedure but having a problem with it.
  • Pierre-Antonin Level 1 Level 1

    I have tried the suggested procedure but I'm having a problem. First to sum-up, my configuration is the following: iMac (May 2008), Macbook Pro (May 2007), Time Capsule (April 2008) and Airport extreme (May 2007).

    At first my network was made off the two computers plus the air port extreme directly connected to the modem. In April 2008 I have purchase the TC which replaced the airport extreme (stored somewhere). Now I have decided to use the airport extreme to extend my network.

    What I did is: first a reset of the airport extreme (by pressing and waiting 10 secs the button in the back) and then selecting the airport extreme when listed in the airport utility (then represented with a orange light while the TC is still green). As soon as I double click on the aiport extreme or ask for manual configuration I got the following message:
    "Are you sure you want to switch network? To set-up this Apple wireless device you must switch from one wireless network to the other. This may end your internet connection."

    Please appreciate that the above is a translation of a message written in French. Such translation might be far from perfect!

    I do not really see any mention of such warning message in the recommended Apple literature so do not really want to do that since I do not know where it will lead me.

    Can you help me with the above?

    Many thanks in advance.

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10
    Hi Pierre,

    The Extreme will need to "switch networks" so that it can be configured using AirPort Utility.

    You might also want to temporarily connect an ethernet cable from your computer to one of the LAN<-> ports on the Extreme to help AirPort Utility "see" the device.

    I'm not clear on whether you are trying to configure to "Extend a wireless network" or use the WDS option. You must use WDS if your Extreme is not the "n" version. According to the date you mentioned, it may or may not be.
  • Pierre-Antonin Level 1 Level 1
    It has worked many thanks.