8 Replies Latest reply: Apr 7, 2010 12:32 PM by Tesserax
Ankit Modi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I have a ADSL Wireless modem (Linksys WAG200G) which works fine with my wired & wireless devices. Since it doesn't support 802.11n I plan to buy a Time Capsule or Airport Extreme / Express.

I would be placing the new Airport device in the adjacent room where my existing ADSL modem is located, can I connect these two devices wirelessly to extend my Wi-Fi range in the house?

15" MacBook Pro Late 2008, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (49,860 points)
    I would be placing the new Airport device in the adjacent room where my existing ADSL modem is located, can I connect these two devices wirelessly to extend my Wi-Fi range in the house?


    Sorry, but no. There are an extremely few non-AirPort routers that are WDS-compatible with the AirPorts. Most likely, your Linksys is not one of them.
  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10 (92,250 points)
    In addition to Tesserax's comments, you should be able to configure the Time Capsule to "join" your existing wireless network and backups would occur over wireless. The Time Capsule does not "extend" or "boost" the wireless network in this type of configuration and the ethernet ports will not be active.

    It would be better and backups would occur much more quickly if you could connect the Linksys and Time Capsule together using an ethernet cable.

    Is that a possiblility?
  • Ankit Modi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I can't use a ethernet cable because of the layout restrictions.

    But as you said if Time Capsule can join my existing wireless network & also backup, then:-

    1) Why will its ethernet ports be not active?
    2) Isn't it extending my Wi-Fi range when used it like this?
  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (49,860 points)
    1) Why will its ethernet ports be not active?


    Basically, because when configured to "join" a network, the TC will be performing as a wireless client ... and not a router. Therefore, its Ethernet ports will not be active.

    2) Isn't it extending my Wi-Fi range when used it like this?


    Again, no, not if it's joining it.
  • Ankit Modi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    2) So if TC is joining my existing network, my wireless device sitting next to TC will not connect to TC but the linksys, right?

    If yes, then I cannot buy the TC for my scenario
    If no, then isn't it technically extending my network?
  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (49,860 points)
    2) So if TC is joining my existing network, my wireless device sitting next to TC will not connect to TC but the linksys, right?


    That is correct, your wireless devices, including the TC, will be connecting to the Linksys.
  • Ankit Modi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    So I can use the TC basically only to backup, any other feature I WOULD be able to use in this mode?
  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (49,860 points)
    As a wireless client, in addition to backups, you could use the TC for: 1) Use its internal hard drive as a NAS, 2) Attach an external USB printer and use it as a print server, and/or 3) Attach an external hard drive and use it as a file server.