4 Replies Latest reply: Apr 17, 2010 11:32 AM by Tesserax
Valanzj Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hello,
I own a Apple Base Station Extreme N Version. Its about 3 years old. I have it as my only router and wirelessly to that I have connected three Airport Expresses N the newer versions.

I just purchased a Time Capsule 2T the Newest Version and its on its way.

My question is how to best use and configure both routers my current extreme and the soon to strive time capsule to expand my network throughout the home as I have a 4 level townhouse. Say the Basement is floor #1, Living Room is #2, Bedrooms #3, and loft #4.

What is best?
Do I keep my current base station extreme in the basement [Floor #1] as the first router, meaning thats where the cable modem goes to first, then run a ethernet cable up to the second floor [Floor #2] and into the back of the time capsule and configure that to bridge mode?

or

Just the opposite. Put the Time capsule in the basement on floor #1 and the Extreme on floor #2?

My understanding is coverage capabilities of the Time Capsule is much better than the base station, but I am not sure how to best utilize the to in conjunction with eachother.

Now I do have three airport expresses through out the house and they will have to be re networked in, if I need to connect them to the new Time Capsule rather than the Extreme.

Second Question
How do you configure the Expresses so that you can hook up an ethane cable to it and pull internet from the device? Again I have the new versions.

Thanks,
for the help!

IMAC, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • 1. Re: How to Best Use/Configure Time Capsule and Extreme Router Together
    Valanzj Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Bump
  • 2. Re: How to Best Use/Configure Time Capsule and Extreme Router Together
    Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (48,245 points)
    For best overall bandwidth performance throughout the house, you will want to run an Ethernet backbone throughout the house ... at least to the locations where you will be placing each of the base stations for wireless coverage. As an alternative, you could also explore using PowerLine adapters if running Ethernet is out of the question.

    Assuming you go for Ethernet, the base station connected to the Internet modem, will be your "main" base station. You would not need to wirelessly extend the main using a WDS, instead, you will be configuring the remaining base station into a "roaming" network.

    Here are the basic steps to do so:

    Basic network configuration: DSL/Cable Modem or Internet Router > (Ethernet cable) > [WAN] base station#1 [LAN] > (Ethernet cable) > [LAN] base station#2 [LAN] > (Ethernet cable) > [LAN] base station#N

    Setup the base station connected to the Internet to "Share a public IP address." Apple recommends using the Time Capsule as the main.
    Internet > Internet Connection > Connection Sharing: Share a public IP address

    Setup the remaining base stations, as bridges.
    Internet > Internet Connection > Connection Sharing: Off (Bridge Mode)

    For each base station in the roaming network:
    o Connect to the same subnet of the Ethernet network
    o Provide a unique Base Station Name
    o The Network Name should be identical
    o If using security, use the same encryption type (WEP, WPA, etc.) and password.
    o Make sure that the channel is set at least three channels apart from the next base station.
  • 3. Re: How to Best Use/Configure Time Capsule and Extreme Router Together
    Valanzj Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Second Question
    How do you configure the Expresses so that you can hook up an ethane cable to it and pull internet from the device? Again I have the new versions.
  • 4. Re: How to Best Use/Configure Time Capsule and Extreme Router Together
    Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (48,245 points)
    Each Express would be connected to Ethernet back to the AirPort that is connected to the Internet modem. Then each Express would be configured as I mentioned in the previous reply.