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2128 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Jul 11, 2010 8:00 PM by Bob Timmons
Currently Being ModeratedJul 5, 2010 6:59 AM (in response to Zebedee001)Welcome to the discussion area!
+I also came out the back with CAT6 to HT, where it connects to Airport Extreme base station on East side in HT+
You configured this east side AirPort Extreme (AEBS) as a "bridge", correct?
+1. Do I use a Switch, Hub or router.+
Switch. Make sure that you get a Gigabit switch to maintain the speed on the network.
2. Where do I put it in the network. I Need a 8 port in the West SIde near Cable modem and maybe a 5 port on the East side neat HT.
Connect the 8 port switch to one of the LAN <-> ports on the AirPort Extreme.
The 5 port switch has more flexibility for installation, but to keep things consistent, I suggest that you connect it to one of the LAN <-> ports on the east side AirPort Extreme ( which is configured in "bridge mode").
+3. I still need a wireless signal from each Airport+
The west side AEBS should already be configured correctly. The east side AEBS should be configured as follows: (I assume you already have it in bridge mode and that you want to be able to walk around with a laptop and not have to change networks)
AirPort Utility - Manual Setup
Click the Wireless tab below the icons
Wireless Mode = Create a wireless network (not "extend" as you might think)
Wireless Network Name = Exact same name as your west AEBS network
Radio Mode = Your choice here. 802.11n only 5 GHz for fastest speed, but only "n" devices will be able to connect. Otherwise, suggest 802.11n (802.11b/g compatible).
Channel = Automatic
Wireless Security = Exact same setting as west AEBS
Wireless Password = Same password as west AEBS
+4. Do I extend the same network ( Somehow ) or create 2 different Wireless networks (Since they can't see each other any way) 1 in West basement next to Modem, other in HT on East side.+
See my comments in 3. above. You could assign a separate wireless network name to this network if you prefer, and don't mind switching networks if you move your laptop around.
Please post back on any questions.MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.4), Time Capsule, AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express, iPhone
Currently Being ModeratedJul 5, 2010 7:17 AM (in response to Bob Timmons)Wow, That was quick.
yes, I do have East side setup as a bridge.
I will purchase a Gigabit switches for the each side.
I think I will keep it as 1 network and keep all setup the same.
Thank you for simplifying a very complicated looking network.
I will post results when I pickup the switches.
1. Is it normal to have a less than consistant internet connection over CAT6? Do you think I twisted the wire somewhere in the crawlspace or is it simply the distance it all has to go. It is well under the 300' CAT6 limit.
JimImac, Macbook Pro, Mac Mini, MacBook, Imac G4, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
Currently Being ModeratedJul 5, 2010 7:33 AM (in response to Zebedee001)+1. Is it normal to have a less than consistant internet connection over CAT6? Do you think I twisted the wire somewhere in the crawlspace or is it simply the distance it all has to go. It is well under the 300' CAT6 limit.+
CAT6 is much more sensitive to any sharp bends than CAT5e. That could be your issue. It's no fun to pull another cable, but that may be needed if you continue to see fluctuations on the network for no apparent reason. And, make sure that you have good connections all around on the RJ45 plugs. A crossed wire will still allow the network to work, but it will not allow Gigabit speeds.MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.4), Time Capsule, AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express, iPhone
Currently Being ModeratedJul 11, 2010 4:18 PM (in response to Bob Timmons)I use speedtest.net for checking my internet speed.
Is there a way to check speed between 2 macs?
How do I connect 2 macs over the network. ( I think I know this,but I want to make sure I have it right)
How do I see the connection speed.
JimImac, Macbook Pro, Mac Mini, MacBook, Imac G4
Currently Being ModeratedJul 11, 2010 8:00 PM (in response to Zebedee001)+Is there a way to check speed between 2 macs?+
The two Macs will communicate on your local network. If you are running Leopard or Snow Leopard, hold down the option key on your computer as you click on the fan shaped AirPort icon at the top of the screen. Look for the Transmit Rate number.
54 Mbps is "g" at 2.4 GHz
up to 130 Mbps is "n" at 2.4 GHz
220-270+ is "n" at 5 GHz
These are theoretical maximums. The "real" speed with typically be about half of these numbers.
How do I connect 2 macs over the network.
Connect to a LAN port for ethernet. Connect to the wireless network otherwise. If you configured both routers to use the same network name, security, and password, you'll be able to move around with a laptop and it will automatically connect to the router with the strongest signal, which is also usually the closest router.MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.4), Time Capsule, AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express, iPhone