3 Replies Latest reply: Jun 20, 2010 9:43 AM by Tesserax
psyfy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
My apologies if this has been asked before. I've searched the forum and I can't find any particular posts which explicitly states that this cannot be done.

I have an early 2009 Time Capsule(500GB) which is my main wireless AP which is connected to my Cable Modem. I have set up the Guest Network Access and it is working flawlessly. However there are some major blindspots on the ground floor of my house so I just recently bought an Airport Extreme to extend the network off the TC wirelessly.

As expected my network reception throughout the house is now excellent however it seems that the Guest Network wasn't extended. Is this by design or is it due to my configuration? I really want to extend the guest network as well or else my guests will have to go all the way up to the 2nd floor at least to access my network.

iMac 24", Mac OS X (10.6.4), Time Capsule(500GB) and Airport Extreme
  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (49,260 points)
    Hello psyfy. Welcome to the Apple Discussions!

    Sorry, but Apple does not provide a means to extend the Guest network on the 802.11n AirPorts or Time Capsules
  • psyfy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi Tesserax thanks for the confirmation. Big bummer though. Any other way I can accomplish this? Maybe use other routers?

    If it is not a bother may I know why this is not possible? Is it due to technology constraints or due to Apple's own decision?

    Cheers!
  • Tesserax Level 8 Level 8 (49,260 points)
    If it is not a bother may I know why this is not possible? Is it due to technology constraints or due to Apple's own decision?


    Apple has not provided a lot of detail surrounding the design of their Guest network option on the new AirPorts & Time Capsules. It is believed to be an implementation of VLAN technology ... with (currently) limited administration offerings.

    If you have a requirement to provide isolated wireless networks, you would have to look at another vendor's solutions to do so. One example would be the Cisco RVS4000 which provides L2 switching capability.