4 Replies Latest reply: Mar 2, 2011 10:43 AM by Bob Timmons
Bootamac Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
Is there a list of 3rd party (Non-Apple) routers that are compatible with the Airport Extremes (MB053LL/A) WDS mode?

IMAC 5,1, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10 (90,740 points)
    The following list has appeared in a number of places on the Internet 3-4 years ago but there is no assurance that the information is correct. Most of these products are older devices...4+ years. Recent Apple firmware updates may also affect compatibility.

    o 3com OfficeConnect ADSL Wireless 11g Firewall Router model 3crwdr100a-72 but ONLY with NO encryption
    o Belkin F5D7230-4 and F5D7231
    o BT Voyager 2091 or 2100
    o Buffalo WGR-G54
    o Linksys WRT54G or WRT54GS (versions 1-4 only)
    o Netgear WGR614 v6
    o Thompson 585v6 wireless router (40 bit WEP works but stronger encryption does not)

    You might want to think twice about WDS, even if a model might be compatible.

    1) WDS is a "g" technology, so even if you have a newer "n" router, it will operate only at "g" speeds in a WDS arrangement.

    2) Each remote device that you attach will cut the available bandwidth in half.

    So, if you add one "remote" in a WDS setup, you wind up with a "g" network working at only half of its capability. If you have two "remote" devices, the network will work at only 25% of it's normal capability.
  • Bootamac Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Thanks for the info
  • pawelgix Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Even if I setup AirPort Express in WDS mode. Will it work with my iTunes & music sharing?
  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10 (90,740 points)
    Even if I setup AirPort Express in WDS mode. Will it work with my iTunes & music sharing?


    It will probably work if you have a good, strong wireless signal. You won't know until you try. Best to avoid WDS if you can due to extremely reduced bandwidth on this type of configuration.