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Airport Extreme WDS

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Bootamac Calculating status...
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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 9 Level 9 (75,570 points)
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    Dec 17, 2010 12:25 PM (in response to Bootamac)
    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.
    MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.5), Time Capsule, AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express, iPhone
  • pawelgix Calculating status...
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    Mar 2, 2011 8:10 AM (in response to Bootamac)
    Even if I setup AirPort Express in WDS mode. Will it work with my iTunes & music sharing?
  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,570 points)
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    Mar 2, 2011 10:43 AM (in response to pawelgix)
    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.
    MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.6), Time Capsule, AirPort Extreme, AirPort Express, iPhone

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