8 Replies Latest reply: Nov 4, 2009 3:37 PM by Bob Timmons
Guitarcal Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
Hi everyone,

I have searched for a solution and keep getting conflicting answers.

Problem: I currently own a Linksys 150n and 1Tb TC. I am using the Linksys as the main router in one room (where the modem is) and want to set up the time capsule on the opposite side of the house so I can connect another hard drive and printer to its usb port.
Is it possible to create a wireless bridge from the TC to the Linksys router? I understand you can do this with a wired connection, but I would rather do this wirelessly.

Thanks

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  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10 (87,700 points)
    You will be able to configure the Time Capsule to "join" your wireless network, but the ethernet ports will not be active in this configuration.

    The AirPort Express(n) has a nice feature called ProxySTA which allows it to "join" a wireless network and the user can "enable ethernet clients" so the ethernet port is "live".

    If you need to get ethernet to a remote location, you might want to take a look at ethernet powerline adapters. Connect one near your main router and the other near the device you want to activate. The AC wiring in your home transmits the ethernet signal.
  • Steve Hodson Level 3 Level 3 (785 points)
    I'm not sure if this is different but I have an old Airport Extreme and I have it join my TIme Capsule 802.11n network to bridge from my MacPro upstairs, which is connected to the ethernet port of the AE.

    The only difference in my network would be that I have another modem which is acting as DHCP/Router etc. connected to the TIme Capsule downstairs.

    Try it...set the TC to bridge mode and have it setup to extend the wireless network...the only other thing I don't select "Allow wireless clients" because I don't really use my upstairs AE as a WAP.
  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10 (87,700 points)
    +"set the TC to bridge mode and have it setup to extend the wireless network."+

    Sorry, won't work. In order to "extend a wireless network" the main router (in this case a Linksys) must be an Apple(n) device.

    The Apple "extend" feature is not compatible with other manufacturers devices.
  • Guitarcal Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Thanks guys for the quick reply.

    Thats unfortunate that you can't connect the the Linksys and have live ethernet ports. I was hoping to connect my PowerMac G5 into the TC as well. I will look into the airport express although I feel I have already given apple enough money as it is...

    I know my Linksys can create a wireless bridge so I will probably just connect everything in reverse order and use the TC as the main router.

    Thanks again for the help. Maybe Apple will release an update to wirelessly bridge to non-Apple devices. I don't see this happening though.
  • Guitarcal Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    One other quick question.

    Would it be possible to create the wireless bridge from the linksys router to the time capsule when the linksys router is connected to the modem? If this is possible, would this allow other computers to be plugged into the time capsule and have access to the internet?

    Thanks
  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10 (87,700 points)
    "Would it be possible to create the wireless bridge from the linksys router to the time capsule when the linksys router is connected to the modem? If this is possible, would this allow other computers to be plugged into the time capsule and have access to the internet?"

    No, as mentioned before, the TC can only "join" a wireless network that has been created by another manufacturers router, in this case Linksys. In other words, in this configuration, the TC is a wireless backup device, nothing more.

    When the TC "joins" a wireless network, the ethernet ports on the device are not active. Therefore, computers could not connect to ethernet ports on the TC.

    Assuming they are compatible, the computers could connect to the wireless network that the Linksys is creating.
  • Guitarcal Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Sorry, I wasn't clear.

    I want my linksys router to join the wireless network created by the TC. The only thing here is that instead of the TC being connected to the modem, the Linksys router would be. Would the modem connection be sent to the TC?

    Connection:
    Modem -> Linksys router ->(Wireless Bridge)-> TC <- Lan Computer

    This would probably be a question for the DD-WRT forum since it deals more so with the linksys router. I will just try it when I get home and see what happens.

    Thanks again for your help.
  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10 (87,700 points)
    Connection:
    +Modem -> Linksys router ->(Wireless Bridge)-> TC <- Lan Computer+

    Sorry, as we've already covered twice, this won't work for what you want. Remember, the ethernet ports on the TC are not active in this configuration.

    You want your network to look like this:

    Modem > TC > Wireless Bridge > Linksys >LAN Computer

    So you question to the DD-WRT forum would be:

    Can a Linksys join a wireless network and if so, will the ethernet ports be active?